Bride-to-be’s devastating diagnosis after suffering intense migraines

Brianne Tolj
·2-min read

A young woman busy planning her wedding to her fiancé is also in a fight for her life after suffering from severe migraines for over a year.

Tijen Kuyruk, a 25-year-old travel agent from Victoria, began having headaches in February last year and was rushed to the hospital in May after suffering a seizure at work.

Despite doctors telling her there was nothing wrong, Ms Kuyruk told Yahoo News Australia she decided to visit her general physician, who ordered an MRI.

A biopsy later confirmed the young bride-to-be had a level 2 grade astrocytoma tumour in her brain.

Tijen Kuyruk is seen with her fiance Daniel.
Tijen Kuyruk, a 25-year-old travel agent, began having headaches in February last year. Source: Supplied

Her pain got worse over the following months and she suffered severe migraines and light sensitivity.

She was rushed to the hospital in March and underwent emergency surgery, during which doctors discovered she actually had a grade 4 glioblastoma tumour in her brain with a cyst inside of it.

Grade 4 glioblastoma cancer is aggressive and spreads quickly.

“These were scary times but we tried so hard to remain positive and keep moving forward,” she said.

Two weeks after surgery the 25-year-old said she began chemotherapy and radiation.

“The chemotherapy made me sick and I had to finish it early and try it at lower doses for the next two months,” she said.

Ms Kuyruk is seen with bandages on her head after her emergency surgery.
She was rushed to the hospital in March 2020 and underwent emergency. Source: Supplied

“I then found out that those treatments didn’t work.”

Ms Kuyruk tried a trial drug for another two months, but was recently told they are also not working.

Doctors have said surgery to remove more of the tumour is her next option.

She is also looking into other treatments such as hyperthermia and immunotherapy, which are available at a clinic in Thailand.

Friends and family have created a GoFundMe to help raise money for the 25-year-old to look into life-saving procedures and talk to more surgeons.

The 25-year-old is seen feeding a kangaroo.
The couple are planning on getting married in November but they have not set a date because of the possibility of surgery. Source: Supplied

Ms Kuyruk, who became engaged to her fiancé Daniel during the coronavirus lockdown, said she really misses her social life but is busy trying to keep positive and look ahead.

“Now we’re at the exciting stage of planning a wedding,” she said.

The couple are planning on getting married in November, 2020 but they have not set a date because of the possibility of impending surgery.

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