A MUM-of-two who discovered her hearing loss was a rare brain tumour is determined to thank surgeons who gave her a ‘second shot at life’.
Simone Larkin, aged 41, thought she had tinnitus before doctors discovered it was an acoustic neuroma, a benign tumour growing on the nerve that controls hearing and balance.
The teaching assistant is to take part in a charity run – her first since surgery – with 14-year-old daughter Bobbie on Sunday, almost a year to the day after she was diagnosed.
Consultant neurosurgeon Thomas Carrol carried out a 10-hour operation to remove most of the growth at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in October.
Simone, of Turnshaw Avenue, Aughton, near Sheffield, said: “I had no symptoms other than tinnitus and what I thought was slight hearing loss in my left ear to suggest there was anything wrong.
“I went through every emotion possible and a brain tumour meant death to me initially.
“It was a long draining and emotional six months before making the decision to have surgery.
“I will forever be grateful to Mr Carroll. I really do feel like I’ve been given a second shot at life.”
Money raised will go to the Hallamshire’s neurosciences department.
* Visit Neuro Care for details of the run.