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

Ally Parkes was 31 with a two-12 months-outdated and a new child when physicians learned she had a mind tumour she had been residing with for 10 decades.

The sixteen-hour operation to eliminate it has still left her deaf in a person ear and with partial facial palsy and equilibrium challenges. She had to study once more how to stroll, stand up and sit down, and trip a bicycle.

But the mom of two from Bishop’s Stortford, who will work as an NHS occupational therapist, has used her traumatic expertise to create a novel that she hopes will enable many others faced with lifestyle-changing problems.

Ally Parkes: “I haven’t created it to turn out to be a multi-million-pound-offering writer, it was just my therapy to get the stuff in my head out on to paper.”

No For a longer period Me, which was introduced on Amazon in both of those e-reserve and paperback format on September 21, charts the journey of Chloe Richards in a tale loosely dependent on Ally’s own encounters.

“It is not an autobiography, but I required it to be about the journey so I established a fictional character, but who was not married or had young children. The tale she goes on is equivalent to my own, but I required it to be all about the particular person,” claimed Ally, now 39.

In the aftermath of operation to eliminate the benign tumour, Ally endured countless consultations and medical center appointments, and the psychological 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 dependent on Ally’s own encounters

“When factors settled down I realised I continue to had fairly a large amount of emotion in me about what had transpired and a pal claimed I should create it down. So I wrote about the most difficult bits I had to go through with the strategy of turning it into a reserve.

“I was lucky that my young children had been two and three months outdated at the time and they gave me the determination to get through it, but I required to individual them and my partner from the fictional tale as I felt I had to safeguard them, but it will be a memoir for them.”

Ally lives with partner Duncan, forty one, in Wentworth Generate. Their little ones, Keiran and Livvy, are now eleven and eight, and attend St Mary’s Catholic Faculty St Michael’s CofE Most important in Stortford.

The reserve is self-revealed. “I haven’t created it to turn out to be a multi-million-pound-offering writer, it was just my therapy to get the stuff in my head out on to paper.”

Ally Parkes:
Ally Parkes: “I do really feel grieved for the man or woman I was and how I seemed, but at the exact time I am braver, harder and wiser and have significantly extra appreciation of lifestyle…”

She also suffers serious exhaustion, and it is these a lot less evident penalties that she hopes to increase recognition of.

“If somebody else picks up my reserve and feels how I felt, if my reserve can access a person man or woman then that’s a constructive. That is why it is really named No For a longer period Me as it is really no lengthier the lifestyle I had acknowledged.

“I’m so very pleased to have created it. And for me, a technophobe! I formatted it all, hired a experienced editor, established a web site and set it on Twitter – it is really been an astounding journey.”

Ally was 8 months’ pregnant with Livvy when she initial seen something was not correct.

“I might been carrying out a hypnobirthing CD, and rolled on to my correct side and realised I couldn’t hear out of my correct ear. I went to the physicians immediately after I started out to get tinnitus and then had some listening to and equilibrium exams. They imagined it was labyrinthitis [inflammation of the inner ear].

“They did an MRI immediately after I might had the little one and that’s when it was learned. The tumour was very large. I might almost certainly had it for about 10 decades and it was lifestyle-threatening. Inside two weeks I was in operation.

“It had developed along the ear canal and stuffed the house in my mind and had started out to compress on my mind stem, which was the danger.”

The operation still left her deaf in her correct ear and in the beginning she was totally paralysed on her correct side. Many extra operations adopted and above the system of a 12 months her issue enhanced, but the partial facial palsy remained, along with equilibrium challenges.

“I had to study to compensate for no equilibrium, almost everything had to recalibrate – I had to study to stroll, stand up and sit down once more, trip a bicycle. I had to take in puréed food items through a straw. But the NHS has been astounding and if it was not for them I wouldn’t be in this article.”

Ally, who attended Leventhorpe Faculty in Sawbridgeworth, will work with older persons struggling from dementia in her purpose as an NHS occupational therapist.

“As an OT we enable persons dwell and cope and modify to illnesses or injuries, so for me it was very significantly a situation of practising what I preach!” she claimed.

“I do really feel grieved for the man or woman I was and how I seemed, but at the exact time I am braver, harder and wiser and have significantly extra appreciation of lifestyle, and, for the most portion, that’s what I maintain on to.

“I continue to have a lifestyle – and a lot of persons really don’t get that possibility.”