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John Bishop supports brave Runcorn mum's battle
A COURAGEOUS Runcorn mum battling a brain tumour has spoken about her fight for survival.
Mum-of-two Karan Waller, aged 36, had to stay awake during delicate operations so surgeons could talk to her to make sure they did not damage her memory or reasoning.
Her remarkable bravery was featured on a Channel 5 documentary, ‘Brain Hospital: Saving Lives’, which followed patients at the Walton Centre in Liverpool.
Karan has now inspired a fundraising campaign for the Astro fund, a charity which gives her emotional and practical support.
Comic John Bishop is leading an ex-pro 11 against an ex Runcorn 11 in a charity football match to raise funds.
Karan was diagnosed with a low grade astrocytoma, a brain tumour, after collapsing at home in 2009.
After the first operation, she could barely recognise her own children.
Through family photos and videos, her memory came back.
However, despite several surgical procedures, the growth has now returned, and surgeons told her they can’t operate again.
Karan says her husband, Ian, aged 37, and daughters, five-year-old Harriet and seven-year-old Charly, and family and friends are helping her to cope.
She said: “It is hard but I have very good, close family and friends. I am very lucky in that sense. I have up and down days.
“They have said they can’t operate again because of the way it is affecting me with lots of different things.
“They are going to start me on radiotherapy next week.”
She is delighted to be finally getting her daughter, Harriet, christened on Sunday.
Her husband treated the family to a surprise trip to London last week before her treatment begins.
Karan, who has returned to work at Warrington Council as an apprenticeship manager, said: “I love my job. Everyone has been very supportive.”
She is delighted a family friend, Chris Collings, is organising a charity football match and climbing Kilimanjaro to raise funds.
Karan said: “It is unbelievable. It makes you feel great knowing people care.
“Me and my friends climbed Snowdon with him. It was exhausting but I wanted to say thank you.
“The Astro fund has given me a lot of support. They invited us to London to watch research being done about my type of tumour.
“They gave me advice about a diet, not losing weight, but eating different food which helps brain tumours. I wouldn’t have found out about that without them.
“I think it makes you feel more positive about things.”
Former St Chad’s pupil, Chris, aged 43, said: “Karan can only be described as courageous, fighting her battle with such dignity is truly inspirational.”
The charity football match kicks off at 1.30pm on Sunday, November 3, at Runcorn’s Millbank Stadium. Tickets priced £4/£2 will be available on the gate.
To support Chris, go to http://www.justgiving.com/nevis-killimanjaro or text to BNKJ99 £amount to 70070.
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