Regular visits to the doctor’s are important even when you feel you’re completely healthy. Whenever you notice something unusual going on in your body, be quick to seek medical care. Better safe than sorry. One 29-year-old woman did not dream of getting the wrong diagnosis, and went on with her life as nothing was happening with her health. She was diagnosed with conjunctivitis, an eye infection after she complained about a sore eye. Later on, her health deteriorated quickly and her MRI scan revealed an inoperable brain tumor. The brave young woman refused to give up and is still fighting with her illness.
Rhiana, from Perth in Australia, was misdiagnosed with conjunctivitis in May this year. Her symptoms ‘quickly deteriorated’ and she began to suffer from headaches, double vision and facial numbness. Nine visits after and her August MRI scan, the doctors gave her the devastating news. She had a tumor growing on the nerve between her eye and brain.
Rhiana said the feeling in her face was as if somebody was tasering her from her nose to her eye, adding:
“I asked [the doctor] ‘so am I going to die from this?’ and she said ‘yes’.”
After she cried it out, Rhiana said that she would fight until the very and and not give up on herself.
Her dad, Thomas, said:
“She’s tough, there’s no such thing as you can’t.”
The family is hoping that the qualified and reputable neurosurgeon in Sydney, who has the skill to operate on Rhiana’s tumor, will save her life. He is brain surgeon Dr. Charlie Teo.
However, the costs of the treatment are topping $100,000, so Rhiana and her family can’t afford it. That’s how one of her friends started a GoFundMe page so as to raise the funds.
The page admin, Dean Simcock wrote:
“Unfortunately, this diagnosis has come late. Diagnosis has taken two years. Rhiana was originally prescribed steroids to battle what they first thought she had.”
The doctors in Perth have told her they will be unable to operate. In the meantime, she suffers with extreme pain, blurred vision, numbness in her face and is often too unwell to get out of her bed. Throughout the repeated tests and incorrect diagnosis over the past two years, this tragic news did not make her stop fighting. Rhiana is full of positivity and strength and motivates everyone around her.
She said she wanted to warn others about the potential risks associated with innocuous symptoms.
“I know the story doesn’t end that way. Not for me.”
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