A SCHOOLGIRL who is having to learn to walk and talk again after being struck down by a brain tumour is fighting her way back towards recovery.
Nearly a year after the Mail reported the remarkable story of Lauren Pearson, who diagnosed her own tumour having had her fears dismissed by various experts, the 17-year-old is in much better shape as she continues her painstaking battle back to health.
When the medical experts could not pinpoint what was wrong with Lauren, the teenager carried out her own research on the internet and stunned her mother when she said she thought she had a brain tumour.
But while Lauren, from Yoxall, is making progress, the recovery process is a slow one.
She has still yet to fully regain her speech and can’t walk unaided.
It is now three years since Lauren underwent an operation to remove the tumour, and she is still required to meet a gruelling rehabilitation schedule to aid her recovery.
Her mother Julie admitted there remained a difficult road ahead.
She said: “She’s doing really well, her speech is getting better. We don’t know whether it will get back to how it was before, but it’s getting better.
“It’s amazing how she has come on, but it’s just a slow process. She looks more like her old self in her face and her strength and stamina have improved, but there is still a way to go. It’s hard work, there are ups and downs, but she is doing amazingly well.”
But Julie is also focusing on the positives – of which there have been many over the last 12 months.
Lauren performed excellently in her GCSEs at John Taylor High School, in Barton under Needwood, and achieved her dream of attending her school prom on her feet.
Julie said: “The goal for her was to walk into her prom and she did that. It was great to see her walk in. She had someone holding her arm and walked on stage to get her GCSE certificate.
“She managed a B in art, which was amazing, a C in English and passed applied science and ICT, which considering she missed two years of school is pretty amazing.”
Lauren has become committed to promoting awareness of brain tumours, and has even been able to bring comfort to parents in the same situation.
Julie said: “People look at Lauren and how far she has come and she gives them hope. She just has this commitment to keep going.”