Mum who works with brain tumour patients missed own symptoms before diagnosis

A mum who works with brain tumour patients missed her own symptoms before she was given a heartbreaking diagnosis.

Rose Croft was given the devastating news she had a stage three brain tumour in 2016, before her daughter Imogen was born.

The 36-year-old neuro physiotherapist started developing migraines and vomiting, and the new mum initially put it down to sleep deprivation and post-natal depression.

But after waking up with double vision she went to the opticians, where pressure signs were spotted behind her eyes.

The Daily Record reports doctors at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, Tayside diagnosed Rosie with a glioblastoma tumour.

Rosie said: “I’m a neuro physiotherapist and I should’ve recognised the signs. I felt stupid when I found out what was wrong with me – I thought I just couldn’t cope with my baby.

“When I found out what was wrong, I kicked myself – I was treating people with brain tumours all the time in hospital, I should’ve recognised all the signs.

“I couldn’t believe it was happening to me, and it still doesn’t feel real at all.”

She added: “I had four years where I was completely stable and then one day last year, John found me with blue lips and my eyes rolling to the back of my skull.

“I’ve always known I wouldn’t survive the tumour but I had almost started to feel hopeful.

“But I asked one of the doctors if there was ever such a thing as a miracle in these situations – he shut it down right away and said no.”

In recent months, Rosie’s tumour has had such a debilitating effect on her mobility that she has been left having to rely on a wheelchair.

She will have to move in with her mum as the flat she shares with husband John and daughter Imogen is spread across two floors.

Rosie said she has come to terms with her diagnosis and that the main goal now is to give Imogen as many happy memories as she possibly can.

She added: “I was really depressed for a while but I think I’m at peace with the fact I am going to die. Imogen is now seven and in P3 – she knows I’ve got cancer but I can’t bear to tell her that things have gotten worse.

“I just want to make sure she has got a happy life ahead of her, that’s my focus now.”

Rosie and Imogen are planning a trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London this month, and have already embarked on several trips to Legoland so the mother and daughter can share experiences to remember.

Rosie’s brother Brendan, a sports journalist, has also offered to interview her about her life to give Imogen more ways of remembering her mum.

But brave she is determined to make sure that her final days are spent educating people on the symptoms of tumours while her loved ones help her to raise cash that will benefit medics trying to work towards better treatment.

Lifelong pal Mary White, has since raised over £2,000 for Brain Tumour Research on GoFundMe after completing a charity walk dedicated to her friend last month, and others are encouraged to contribute.

Rosie said: “My downward spiral has come on much quicker than I thought and it’s breaking my family’s heart.

“We need to find cures for brain tumours, because they kill so many people, and a lot of children. If they can find a cure it would be incredible, even if I won’t be around to see it.”