at 20, Kate Battye is living her life with a maturity which belies her tender years. She has a brain tumour and began suffering seizures at the age of 13.
And although she takes medication which keeps symptoms at bay, she is concerned that there is a lack of understanding from other people.
They don’t understand, she says, which is understandable. But by taking such a high profile and talking to the Yorkshire Evening Post about her condition, she is helping to demolish barriers and build understanding.
“I hope that my contribution to this report will show young people with benign brain tumours that there are others who are fighting the same battles and who understand, when it feels like nobody else does,” she says.
More than eight out of 10 said their brain tumour had made them feel lonely; seven out of 10 said they had difficulty doing things outside the house; more than a third said they experienced difficulties with thinking, concentrating and processing information; and three out of ten of those with symptoms reported changes to their personality.
The report by the Brain Tumour Charity shows the devastating impact of childhood brain tumours. Kate deserves credit for helping others to understand the effects of the disease as well as reducing the isolation felt by so many.