When she was 20, Stephanie Lipscomb started experiencing the blinding headaches. Doctors initially diagnosed her with a sinus infection and sent her home with antibiotics. When that didn’t work, they diagnosed her with migraines and gave her caffeine pills. But the headaches got more severe.
“I couldn’t bathe myself, dress myself,” Lipscomb says. “All I could do was just lay there in pain.”
When she lost 15 pounds, she finally checked herself into the emergency room. After an MRI, doctors found a mass the size of a tennis ball. They operated almost immediately. A biopsy of the tumor confirmed everyone’s worst fears: it was malignant.
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