Wednesday 18 October 2017

Youtuber vlogs open brain surgery to remove cancerous tumour

Courtney Elizabeth Warner video blogged her way through risky surgery to remove a mass from her brain last month.
Courtney Elizabeth Warner video blogged her way through risky surgery to remove a mass from her brain last month.
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An American beauty blogger filmed a vlog for her Youtube channel, while undergoing brain surgery to remove a tumour.

Courtney Elizabeth Warner (26), who has amassed more than 130k subscribers on her Youtube channel since 2014, video blogged her way through risky surgery to remove a mass from her brain last month.

The Michigan-based teacher revealed that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour on her Youtube channel in May. Warner underwent investigations after she began to experience problems with her language and speech and an MRI scan revealed a mass growing in the frontal lobe of her brain.

Although doctors believed that the tumour was benign, Warner decided to have the mass removed in a procedure which she filmed for her followers.

Because the tumour was located in the part of the brain impacting Warner's speech, she remained awake throughout, identifying images on picture cards.

Speaking in the video Warner said: "I wanted to show you guys how it was for me, all the way from the beginning all the way to the end."

In a video posted to her channel this week, the blogger revealed that a biopsy of the tumour that was removed, revealed that the mass was a stage three cancer of the brain.

The blogger will now undergo radiation and chemotherapy to continue treating the disease, after surgery removed 95pc of the malignant growth.

"What I have is a grade three. It's not the best one, the best one would be one or none I guess. Mine is three out of four. I have three. I did not know I had cancer three days ago. I've been crying all day.

"The doctors said they looked in the biopsy and and saw it there and said it was cancer. That's how I found it out.

"So I am going to get chemo and radiation. I have to get that for six weeks. After the chemo and radiation, I'm going to be done," she said.

"And then I have to do an MRI every month just to make sure everything is doing well and then I think I have to do that every month for a year.

"I wanted you guys all to know because I think it's important that everyone knows what's happening and how I'm feeling and how I'm doing with everything."

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