Stortford mum Ally Parkes draws on emotional trauma of living with brain tumour for 10 years to write debut novel she hopes will inspire others facing life-changing challenges

Davida Erdahl

Ally Parkes was 31 with a two-year-old and a new child when medical doctors discovered she experienced a mind tumour she experienced been dwelling with for 10 many years. The sixteen-hour surgical procedures to get rid of it has remaining her deaf in one particular ear and with partial facial […]

Ally Parkes was 31 with a two-year-old and a new child when medical doctors discovered she experienced a mind tumour she experienced been dwelling with for 10 many years.

The sixteen-hour surgical procedures to get rid of it has remaining her deaf in one particular ear and with partial facial palsy and harmony difficulties. She experienced to find out once more how to walk, stand up and sit down, and ride a bike.

But the mother of two from Bishop’s Stortford, who performs as an NHS occupational therapist, has made use of her traumatic working experience to generate a novel that she hopes will support some others faced with lifestyle-shifting troubles.

Ally Parkes: “I haven’t published it to turn into a multi-million-pound-providing writer, it was just my therapy to get the things in my head out on to paper.”

No For a longer period Me, which was launched on Amazon in equally e-e-book and paperback structure on September 21, charts the journey of Chloe Richards in a tale loosely based on Ally’s very own encounters.

“It’s not an autobiography, but I wished it to be about the journey so I developed a fictional character, but who wasn’t married or experienced young ones. The tale she goes on is equivalent to my very own, but I wished it to be all about the particular person,” mentioned Ally, now 39.

In the aftermath of surgical procedures to get rid of the benign tumour, Ally endured limitless consultations and clinic appointments, and the emotional trauma she endured stayed with her.

No Longer Me charts the journey of Chloe Richards in a story loosely based on Ally's own experiences
No For a longer period Me charts the journey of Chloe Richards in a tale loosely based on Ally’s very own encounters

“When points settled down I realised I however experienced very a great deal of emotion in me about what experienced took place and a pal mentioned I should really generate it down. So I wrote about the most difficult bits I experienced to go by with the thought of turning it into a e-book.

“I was fortunate that my young ones have been two and three months old at the time and they gave me the inspiration to get by it, but I wished to different them and my husband from the fictional tale as I felt I experienced to protect them, but it will be a memoir for them.”

Ally life with husband Duncan, forty one, in Wentworth Generate. Their kids, Keiran and Livvy, are now 11 and eight, and go to St Mary’s Catholic College St Michael’s CofE Key in Stortford.

The e-book is self-posted. “I haven’t published it to turn into a multi-million-pound-providing writer, it was just my therapy to get the things in my head out on to paper.”

Ally Parkes:
Ally Parkes: “I do come to feel grieved for the man or woman I was and how I looked, but at the very same time I am braver, tougher and wiser and have much extra appreciation of lifestyle…”

She also suffers continual tiredness, and it is these fewer obvious implications that she hopes to raise awareness of.

“If anyone else picks up my e-book and feels how I felt, if my e-book can reach one particular man or woman then that’s a optimistic. Which is why it is called No For a longer period Me as it is no lengthier the lifestyle I experienced known.

“I am so proud to have published it. And for me, a technophobe! I formatted it all, hired a skilled editor, developed a internet site and put it on Twitter – it is been an astounding journey.”

Ally was eight months’ pregnant with Livvy when she first discovered one thing wasn’t ideal.

“I’d been performing a hypnobirthing CD, and rolled on to my ideal facet and realised I couldn’t listen to out of my ideal ear. I went to the medical doctors just after I begun to get tinnitus and then experienced some listening to and harmony tests. They considered it was labyrinthitis [inflammation of the interior ear].

“They did an MRI just after I’d experienced the baby and that’s when it was discovered. The tumour was incredibly substantial. I’d likely experienced it for about 10 many years and it was lifestyle-threatening. Inside two weeks I was in surgical procedures.

“It experienced grown alongside the ear canal and loaded the area in my mind and experienced begun to compress on my mind stem, which was the threat.”

The surgical procedures remaining her deaf in her ideal ear and in the beginning she was absolutely paralysed on her ideal facet. Various extra operations adopted and more than the program of a year her affliction improved, but the partial facial palsy remained, alongside with harmony difficulties.

“I experienced to find out to compensate for no harmony, every thing experienced to recalibrate – I experienced to find out to walk, stand up and sit down once more, ride a bike. I experienced to try to eat puréed foodstuff by a straw. But the NHS has been astounding and if it wasn’t for them I would not be below.”

Ally, who attended Leventhorpe College in Sawbridgeworth, performs with more mature people today struggling from dementia in her purpose as an NHS occupational therapist.

“As an OT we support people today are living and cope and modify to sicknesses or injuries, so for me it was incredibly much a case of practising what I preach!” she mentioned.

“I do come to feel grieved for the man or woman I was and how I looked, but at the very same time I am braver, tougher and wiser and have much extra appreciation of lifestyle, and, for the most portion, that’s what I maintain on to.

“I however have a lifestyle – and lots of people today you should not get that possibility.”



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