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I went to A&E because I kept hearing imaginary music: Doctors said I was ‘a bit stressed’ before they realised I had a brain tumour


A woman who went to A&E because she kept hearing imaginary music was told she was just ‘a bit stressed’ – even though she actually had a brain tumour.

Healthcare worker Emma Bond, 33, went to Warrington Hospital’s A&E when people’s words started sounding like lyrics and making her hear music that wasn’t playing.

Doctors told her she was simply ‘a bit stressed’ but tests at nearby St Helens Hospital revealed she actually had a grade two glioma.

Devastated Emma was forced to postpone her wedding to have surgery a week before the big day.

Surgeons were thankfully able to remove 95 per cent of the mass and Emma has remained stable ever since.

Healthcare worker Emma Bond, 33, (pictured with partner Edd) went to Warrington Hospital's A&E when people's words started sounding like lyrics and making her hear music that wasn't playing

Healthcare worker Emma Bond, 33, (pictured with partner Edd) went to Warrington Hospital’s A&E when people’s words started sounding like lyrics and making her hear music that wasn’t playing

Doctors told her she was simply 'a bit stressed' but tests at nearby St Helens Hospital revealed she actually had a grade two glioma

Doctors told her she was simply ‘a bit stressed’ but tests at nearby St Helens Hospital revealed she actually had a grade two glioma

Devastated Emma was forced to postpone her wedding to have surgery a week before the big day

Devastated Emma was forced to postpone her wedding to have surgery a week before the big day

Yet it was still only after six weeks of radiotherapy and a year of chemotherapy that she and her partner Edd Blake, 34, were able to get married.

Emma, from Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, said: ‘I just started hearing music in my head.

‘When people spoke, it was like they were singing lyrics to me.

‘The same thing happened when I was with my mum later that day. I could see she was talking to me, but in my mind I could hear music, and I couldn’t understand what she was saying.

‘When I found out it was because I had a brain tumour, I was terrified. I just wanted to know how it would affect me physically and mentally.’

Emma was working at North Manchester General Hospital when she first heard the music in June 2019.

Surgeons were thankfully able to remove 95 per cent of the mass and Emma has remained stable ever since

Surgeons were thankfully able to remove 95 per cent of the mass and Emma has remained stable ever since

It was still only after six weeks of radiotherapy and a year of chemotherapy that she and her partner Edd Blake, 34, were able to get married

It was still only after six weeks of radiotherapy and a year of chemotherapy that she and her partner Edd Blake, 34, were able to get married

Emma, from Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, said: 'I just started hearing music in my head. 'When people spoke, it was like they were singing lyrics to me'

Emma, from Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, said: ‘I just started hearing music in my head. ‘When people spoke, it was like they were singing lyrics to me’

Emma's husband Edd and her brother Jack, 28, (left) from Warrington, Cheshire, are now preparing to run the TCS London Marathon on April 21, in aid of the charity Brain Tumour Research

Emma’s husband Edd and her brother Jack, 28, (left) from Warrington, Cheshire, are now preparing to run the TCS London Marathon on April 21, in aid of the charity Brain Tumour Research

She said: ‘I wasn’t stressed, and the strange music and singing happened again and again.

‘A scan at St Helens Hospital showed there was something on my brain.’

She was diagnosed with a grade two glioma in June 2019, and had surgery on August 9, one week before her wedding.

Surgeons managed to remove 95 per cent of the tumour.

Emma then underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on The Wirral.

‘Having to postpone the wedding was just another thing added to a list of unfortunate things and it made me very sad,’ she said.

‘Many of the wedding guests still came to visit me though, which was so lovely.’

She said: ‘The doctors thought I was hearing the music because I was having focal sensory auditory seizures, so I now take anti-seizure medication.

‘Since the surgery, it hasn’t happened again.

‘My consultant in Liverpool, Dr May, is brilliant. She always has the time to discuss everything thoroughly and honestly with me. She is a great support.’

Emma and Edd re-arranged their wedding and tied the knot on 17 July 2021.

She now has MRI scans every six months. Her most recent scan in February, showed she has remained stable.

Edd said: ‘When Emma was diagnosed, I was so scared. When she went into surgery, I was worried how it would affect her but as soon as I saw her afterwards, she smiled and I knew she was ok.’

Emma’s husband Edd and her brother Jack, 28, from Warrington, Cheshire, are now preparing to run the TCS London Marathon on April 21, in aid of the charity Brain Tumour Research.

Edd said: ‘I’m running the London Marathon with Jack because we want to raise money to find a cure for brain tumours.

Carol Robertson, national events manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: ‘With one in three people knowing someone affected by a brain tumour, Emma’s story is, sadly, not unique. 

‘Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease since records began in 2002.

‘We’re determined to change that but it’s only by working together we will be able to improve treatment options for patients and, ultimately, a cure. 

‘We’re really grateful for Edd and Jack’s support and will be there to cheer them across the finish line in April.’

If you would like, you can donate here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Edd-Blake-London-Marathon



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