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Tributes paid to Carol Browne after 12-year battle against brain tumour
THE husband of a York mum-of-one who died from a brain tumour following a 12-year battle has paid tribute to his wife.
Carol Browne, of Badger Hill, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 40 after suffering neck pain and tingling in her fingers. She went in to hospital for her first operation on her daughter Chloe’s tenth birthday.
Following a 12-year fight against the illness and four further operations, Mrs Browne passed away last month.
Her funeral in St George’s RC Church, off Walmgate, was attended by 300 people and raised about £2,000 for Brain Tumour Research and Support (BTRS).
Mrs Browne’s husband, Kevin, 56, said Carol was a kind and positive person who coped bravely with her illness.
“She dealt with it amazingly well. Every time she had an operation – and she had five in total – she went back to work at Aviva,” he said.
“She always tried to be positive with the people around her.
“She was a very cheery person and loved the simple things in life. She wasn’t a materialistic person. She liked walking and cycling to work, she used to play squash and she loved orienteering.
“We were very close as a family. Aside from Carol’s illness, we had a brilliant marriage and a brilliant family life.”
Because of the tumour’s proximity to nerve endings, doctors at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’ Hospital were unable to help her further and in the last few months of her life Mrs Browne was paralysed by the tumour, Mr Browne said.
He said he wanted to raise awareness of the isolation people in such circumstances might suffer and about the work done by BTRS in Yorkshire to help people who could otherwise feel very alone.
Mr Browne said: “I don’t want anyone to suffer like she did - I would not wish one minute of that on even the people I might dislike.
“We want to do something for people in similar circumstances and would appeal to people to help fundraise. Every little bit of money really helps.”
For more information or to raise money for BTRS, visit www.btrs.org.uk