Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sister Now Facing Same Battle That Her Brother Lost to Brain Tumour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sister Now Facing Same Battle That Her Brother Lost to Brain Tumour

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Byline: Katie Dickinson Reporter

T was a 400 million-to-one chance that came true.

ISince losing her beloved brother to a brain tumour, Rachel Cole's worst fear was that she would be struck down with the same disease.

And when the mum-of-two received the same devastating diagnosis 10 years after her older sibling's death, their family became the victims of extraordinary odds of 400 million to one.

Born three years apart, Rachel, from Rowlands Gill, said she and brother Graeme Turner were "as close as two siblings can be, from when we were little until the day he died".

"He was very caring and loyal," Rachel said. "A naturally funny and warm person."

Graeme was 26 when he was rushed to hospital after losing his balance and falling while getting out of his car at work.

In January 2005 he was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain tumour, going through surgery followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Rachel, who was training to be a solicitor at the time, said: "Eventually he had to stop working and had a different chemotherapy but by that stage there was clearly nothing more they could do."

Graeme died in October 2006, three months after celebrating his 28th birthday with family and friends.

Rachel said: "He was determined to fight. Even though towards the end he couldn't really do anything physically, he never lost his sense of humour or his personality."

After his death, his family set up The Graeme Turner Fund, an official supporter group of The Brain Tumour Charity, and have raised over PS24,000 in his name.

Rachel's own nightmare started almost exactly 10 years later, when she collapsed at home after having a full body seizure. She was rushed to hospital where a CT scan revealed the growth.

Rachel said: "The first thing I thought was about my parents, and how we would tell them for the second time in their lives that their child had a brain tumour.

"My biggest fear since Graeme died has been that I would get a brain tumour too. …

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