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A Race Against Time: Family's Struggle with Inoperable Glioblastoma

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Mahnoor Jehangir
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A Race Against Time: Family's Struggle with Inoperable Glioblastoma

In a twist of fate that comes as a stark reminder of life's unpredictability, Mauricee Bravo-Hibberd, a 37-year-old healthcare professional and mother of three, finds herself in a race against time. Her husband, Sam Bravo-Hibberd, was diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma (GBM) in September, mere weeks after the birth of their daughter. A prognosis of eight to 12 weeks to live has left the family in a state of shock and despair.

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The Unraveling of a Silent Predator

Sam, a 34-year-old resident of Peterborough, began exhibiting personality changes over a year prior to his diagnosis. He suffered from headaches, taste auras, and confusion for approximately two weeks, symptoms that were later linked to the silent predator growing within his brain. Despite the limited life expectancy, Sam underwent an open biopsy that led to the removal of around 30% of the tumor. Currently, he is undergoing radiotherapy to combat the relentless progression of the disease.

A Race for Survival Beyond Borders

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Mauricee, currently on maternity leave and now also Sam's full-time carer, has initiated a quest for hope beyond the UK's National Health Service (NHS). She is exploring alternative treatments, such as immunotherapy and tumor treating fields, not available on the NHS. These treatments come with a hefty price tag, ranging from £17,000 to £250,000 per month, a cost that is beyond the reach of the average family.

The Power of Collective Hope

In an effort to afford these treatments and extend Sam's life, Mauricee has initiated a crowdfunding campaign. The response from the public has been overwhelming, with people from all walks of life stepping forward to lend their support. Despite the adversity they face, the family remains hopeful, clinging to the belief that every moment counts.

Charlie Allsebrook from Brain Tumour Research underscored the deadly nature of brain tumors, which are the leading cause of cancer death in children and adults under 40. Alarmingly, they receive only 1% of national cancer research funding. The fight against GBM is uphill, but with the collective efforts of the global community, there's a glimmer of hope that one day, we might overcome this deadly adversary.

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