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Helen’s Story

23 August 2019

Helen's Story

We hadn’t thought anything of Gaby’s café au laits when she was a baby, and it was very scary when Gaby was first diagnosed. When we were confronted with the reality of her first tumour, my world hit the floor. I feel I’m much stronger now. A few years ago, I decided to run the marathon on behalf of Nerve Tumours UK (then called The Neuro Foundation), and I raised a considerable amount of money. That gave me the strength to feel: I’m going to manage this, this is not going to manage me.

I know we can’t cure Gaby’s NF1, but we can manage it. The school have been very supportive.

I go in at the start of every year to talk to them about where Gaby is with her condition. The school couldn’t be kinder and nothing’s a problem for them, for example, that Gaby has to have a lot of time off for hospital appointments.

Nerve Tumours UK have been a tremendous support. They’re always there if we need them. I’ve felt very strengthened by the opportunity to share experiences with other families I’ve met through NTUK, and through NF Mums Rock, which is a worldwide closed Facebook group.

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