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Wellbeing App inspired by founder’s own brain tumour diagnosis gets healthcare approval

Freyja, from Porthtowan, on the Cornish north coast, launched the Wholesome World App last year and in April, it gained NHS approval.

The wealth of positive feedback for the App from others going through similar diagnosis and recovery, is fuelling Freyja’s drive to reach out to others.

Freyja said: “I wanted everything I knew as easy access to everyone…within arms’ reach, wherever you are. So I created an ‘unloseable’ library: Wholesome World.”

In 2014, Freyja, at 27, lost her husband to cancer and then by a cruel twist of fate, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour just one year later.

Freyja said: ”Research for my diagnosis was difficult. Despite everything that had happened with the treatment of my husband who passed away from cancer, despite my Biological Sciences & Law degrees, and despite my brother being a neuroscientist, with all of these elements, understanding my own situation was almost impossible.”

Wholesome World was born out of this nightmare situation. “Having struggled to get back to a normal life, I created the app to give people the reassurance that they’re not alone.”

Initially Freyja started experiencing ‘blips’ of fatigue in 2015, episodes like a “head-rush, when you’ve not eaten enough and have no energy.” Devastatingly, they were early symptoms of a brain tumour.

Freyja said: “These blips became more frequent and longer that year. I wasn’t completely blanking out, but afterwards I couldn’t remember what was going on in my head, despite trying to concentrate through the episode.”

Freyja was diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma, grade 3/4 brain tumour and underwent surgery to remove it in March 2016.

Freyja says:I hope that it helps at least one person be happier and healthier. Every single person is different, I hope that Wholesome World can be useful.”

Freyja hopes the continued success of Wholesome World will inspire a key change in lifestyle for others facing similar diagnosis, treatments and recovery.

“I want to pass on the information I used and have researched since my own diagnosis to anyone else who might be stuck, not knowing where or how to move forwards.

“I hope it resonates with a lot of people. The recipe and nutrition content is key, a main driver of Wholesome World but it’s also about the healthcare aspects and up-to-date links to scientific information; it’s part of the inclusive approach of the whole App.

“I want Wholesome World to help people understand their diagnosis and explore more options, to be a resource for everyone going through their own experience.”