Her shock diagnosis with a meningioma
, a type of low-grade brain tumour, came just over two years after she lost her father Graham Lee, 70, from Buckfastleigh, to the disease. But despite the devastating news and an uncertain future, Elaine, who also lives in Buckfastleigh, is determined to continue to live her life to the full.
“Shawn has been my tower of strength
,” she said. “We decided after so many years that the time was right to get married and, having spent two years planning the big day, nothing – not even a brain tumour – was going to stop us.
After suffering sudden head pain following a seemingly minor road accident, Elaine underwent a number of tests and was shocked to be told she had a brain tumour which had probably been growing for a number of years. The shock was two-fold as Elaine had only recently seen her father die from cancer which had spread to his brain.
Now, along with the support of Shawn and their children Emma, 31, Carla, 26, Symone, 22, and Leah, 13, Elaine is planning a frenzy of festive fundraising to help others like her. She aims to raise £5,000 for the Brain Tumour Research
charity which is working to find a cure for the disease and improving outcomes for patients like her.