Pedal power thank-you af­ter tu­mour battle


AWOMAN who beat a brain tu­mour the size of a ten­nis ball is tak­ing on a 13-mile cy­cling course to raise money for the hos­pi­tal that treated her.

Jess James, 50, who lives in Bolling­ton, had no idea she had the big tu­mour in her frontal lobe.

It was only af­ter she suf­fered a seizure last Au­gust, that doc­tors scanned her brain and dis­cov­ered it.

The mother-of-one said she did not show any phys­i­cal symptoms but felt the tu­mour men­tally. But at the time, she put this down to other causes.

She said: “I felt tired and I was get­ting very down. I couldn’t con­cen­trate and I couldn’t get mo­ti­vated to do things.

“I thought it maybe was the menopause or get­ting older – you don’t re­ally con­sider th­ese things.”

Jess had surgery at Sal­ford Royal, where doc­tors opened her skull and re­moved most of the tu­mour, which was found to be low grade.

In Jan­uary, she then went to The Christie Hos­pi­tal in Manch­ester, which spe­cialises in can­cer treat­ment, and re­ceived ra­dio­ther­apy for six weeks.

She said: “I feel a lot bet­ter now, my think­ing is much clearer. I feel like I have a lot more mo­ti­va­tion.”

Only a few months af­ter she over­came her ill­ness, Jess, who goes for regular check ups, is now set to ride in the 13-mile Great Manch­ester Cy­cle to raise money for The Christie.

She wants to thank the staff for their care and also sup­port other pa­tients.

She said: “The nurses and doc­tors were fan­tas­tic, ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, while I was hav­ing the ra­dio­ther­apy.

“It’s a very good hos­pi­tal and they need more help to treat th­ese dis­eases.

“That’s re­ally why I’m do­ing this, I just want to give some­thing back.”

Jess, who is a Manch­ester City sup­porter, is look­ing for­ward to take on the course, which starts and ends at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

She said: “It’ll be a good day out and it’ll be nice to meet other peo­ple do­ing it. I’ll be ready.

“I started cy­cling the last few weeks, try­ing to get a bit of train­ing.

“Ex­er­cise is good to re­cover, as long as your body tells you it’s OK. I feel fine with it – ob­vi­ously I wear a hel­met.”

Jess of­ten cy­cles on the Mid­dle­wood Way with her friend Jane Houghton, who will also ride with her on the day.

The Great Manch­ester Cy­cle is a cy­cling event for rid­ers of all abil­i­ties, which will take place on June 28.

Any­one look­ing to sup­port Jess with her fundrais­ing can make a do­na­tion at www.just­giv­ing. com/jess-james44.

●● Jess James had a brain tu­mour the size of a ten­nis ball and will now raise money for the hos­pi­tal that treated her

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