Mum who thought swollen face was caused by botox was shocked when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and didn’t know if she would survive Christmas
Jill Kenton, 52, had just moved from London to the countryside when her dreams were shattered following her diagnosis of a low-grade brain tumour.
She was told she would need major surgery in November 2021.
She had noticed swelling and dryness in her left eye, but attributed the symptoms to a botox treatment she had received a few months prior. Other symptoms included hearing a clicking sound.
Jill, voiceover actress, from Westoning, Bedfordshire, said: “I started to notice a slight swelling on the side of my left eye and honestly thought it was probably due to botox treatment which I had a few months before.
“In the end, I couldn’t have been more wrong,” she continued. “Last Christmas was a terrible time for me. I was facing horrific surgery and I was terrified that I might not come out of it alive or, if I survived, not be myself.
“With that in mind, as I put away the tree and decorations, I included notes to my daughter Rachel and my partner Paul telling them I love them.”
Jill finally sought a second opinion and has now decided not to have surgery.
“I have regular scans and eye checks to see if there are any changes that could mean my tumor is growing, but fortunately for now I am well placed and happy to have been able to resume the control.”
Jill was diagnosed with intraosseous meningioma of the left sphenoid wing after noticing a dryness in one of her eyes and a clicking sound she could hear in her headphones while she was recording scripts.
She was told that her tumor had been there for 10 years and that she would need major brain surgery.
After seeking a second opinion, Jill decided not to have surgery and is instead monitored with regular scans and eye checks.
“It turned out that I had a brain tumor that measured six by five centimeters and was growing behind my eye, crushing the optic nerve as it ran through my skull,” she said.
“I was told that this rare form of brain tumour, an intraosseous meningioma of the left sphenoid wing, had been there for 10 years. Luckily his growth was slow, but I needed surgery and it was going to be brutal.
“My head was cut off from ear to ear, a piece of my skull was removed to reach the diseased area. As part of the required construction, a plate would be fitted to cover my skull and my eye socket would be reconstructed with bone from another part of my head.
Doctors told Jill they would try to save her sight, but there were “no guarantees”.
She spent last Christmas in fear of what would happen to her, but now has a positive outlook this year after deciding against extensive surgery.
“The fact is that too little is known about this devastating disease and that is why I am working with the charity Brain Tumor Research to share my story in the hope that it will be helpful to others. people,” she said.
“It is so important that we highlight the problems related to brain tumours. The simple fact is that unless there are significant investments in research to improve treatment options and help find a cure, the outlook for me and so many others could remain bleak.