Woman who thought face swelling was caused by Botox diagnosed with brain tumour
A mum who thought facial swelling was caused by botox was shocked when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and didn’t know if she would survive Christmas
Jill Kenton, 52, had just moved out of London to the countryside when her dreams were shattered following her diagnosis with a low-grade brain tumour.
She was told she’d need extensive surgery in November 2021.
She had noticed swelling and dryness in her left eye but had put the symptoms down to a botox treatment she had a few months prior. Other symptoms included hearing a clicking sound.
Jill, a voice over actor, from Westoning, Bedfordshire, said: “I began to notice a slight swelling to the side of my left eye and honestly thought it was probably down to some botox treatment I’d had a few months before.”
“As it turned out, I couldn’t have been more wrong,” she continued. “Last Christmas was a dreadful time for me. I was facing horrendous surgery and was terrified I wouldn’t come out alive or, if I did survive, I wouldn’t be myself anymore.
“With this in mind, as I packed away the tree and the decorations, I included notes to my daughter Rachel and to my partner Paul telling them that I loved them.”
Jill ultimately sought a second opinion and has now decided against surgery.
“I am having regular scans and vision checks to see if there are any changes which could mean my tumour is growing but fortunately, for now, I am in a good place and happy that I was able to take back control.”
Jill was diagnosed with a left sphenoid wing intraosseous meningioma after she noticed a dryness in one of her eye and a clicking sound which she could hear through her headphones as she recorded scripts.
She was told her tumour had been there for 10 years and she would need major brain surgery.
After seeking a second opinion, Jill has decided to go without surgery and is instead being monitored with regular scans and vision checks.
“It turned out I had a brain tumour which was six by five centimetres and was growing behind my eye crushing the optical nerve as it pushed through my skull,” she said.
“I was told this rare form of brain tumour, a left sphenoid wing intraosseous meningioma, had been there for 10 years. Mercifully it was slow growing but I needed surgery and it was going to be brutal.
“I would be cut across my head from ear to ear, a piece of my skull would be removed to get to the diseased area. As part of the construction required, a plate would be fitted to cover my skull and my eye socket would be rebuilt with bone from another part of my head.”
Doctors told Jill they would try to save her sight but there was “no guarantee”.
She spent last Christmas in fear of what would happen to her but now has a positive outlook this year after deciding against the extensive surgery.
“The fact of the matter is that there is too little known about this devastating disease and that’s why I am working with the charity Brain Tumour Research in order to share my story in the hope it will be helpful to other people,” she said.
“It is so important that we highlight the issues around brain tumours. The simple fact is, if there isn’t significant investment in research to improve treatment options and help find a cure, the outlook for me and so many others could remain bleak.”