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‘I had to re-learn to walk after my brain tumour – now I’m running the London Marathon’

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Marie is looking to raise money for The Brain Charity

A woman who had to learn to walk again after being diagnosed with a brain tumour only weeks after the birth of her daughter is now set to run the London Marathon.

In 2015, former civil servant Marie Garnett was diagnosed with a benign meningioma brain tumour less than six weeks after giving birth to daughter Amelia.

The 45-year-old had suffered from severe headaches for seven years, which had become unmanageable after Amelia’s birth, and also developed dizziness and loss of balance in the days leading up to her diagnosis.

Marie was rushed to The Walton Centre where she spent more than a month as she underwent three brain surgeries, the longest of which lasted eight hours, before battling meningitis – all while trying to be a new mum from her hospital bed.

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