Woman’s brain tumour symptoms misdiagnosed as perimenopause

2 min read

A mum-of-three was told her migraines and brain fog were signs of the perimenopause, only to later discover that her symptoms were caused by a brain tumour.  

Pippa Griffiths, 45, from Cirencester in Gloucestershire, also suffered with extreme fatigue, which doctors also attributed to perimenopause.   

When she woke up with a numbness on one side of her face in September 2023, Pippa was rushed for an MRI scan which revealed a mass growing on her brain, diagnosed as a meningioma.  

Following a tonic-clonic seizure lasting 45 minutes, during which she was given CPR by her sister, Pippa underwent surgery to remove the tumour in October. 

She said: “Had I not been staying my sister when I had that seizure, I don’t think I’d be here today.”  

Despite knowing her tumour can grow back, Pippa has opted for no further treatment due to the risk of life-changing injuries. She is monitored with regular scans.  

Pippa said: “I was warned that radiotherapy could cause cognitive decline, cataracts and pituitary gland damage which could lead to further surgeries and life-long meds.  

“Being a mum to three children aged between 23 and seven, I wasn’t prepared to take that risk. I want to be well enough to enjoy seeing my children grow up.”  

Three months after surgery, Pippa is putting her best foot forward by taking part in our 10,000 Steps a Day in February challenge to raise funds to help find a cure.  

To donate to us via Pippa’s challenge, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/donate/720138556740555/  

Related reading:

Back to Latest News