Like every other 19-year-old school freshman, Laura Nuttall anticipated to spend the autumn of 2018 in a classroom, settling in at her new college. As an alternative, she underwent surgical procedure and chemotherapy for terminal mind most cancers.
“I wasn’t anticipating this. I used to be at college, simply moved in. I used to be fairly enthusiastic about life and attending to stay on my own,” Laura tells PEOPLE of beginning her first semester at Kings Faculty London in September.
“Then I used to be instructed that I had mind tumors. That’s not one thing you’re actually ready to take care of at such a younger age. Being instructed your life goes to get lower brief, it’s been emotionally draining for me and my household as nicely.”
Laura says she started having complications only a few weeks into the semester, however didn’t suppose a lot of it.
“I assumed it was one thing minor. I simply began getting complications for 2 weeks. I assumed it was only a frequent chilly, or a bout of complications,” she says.
With that, Laura was stunned when a routine eye examination discovered important stress behind her eyes. Shortly after that, Laura grew to become extraordinarily sick, vomiting repeatedly.
She was taken to a hospital the place docs discovered not less than six mind tumors and identified her with glioblastoma multiforme, a mind tumor that often results in loss of life inside 24 months after analysis, in keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
“It was such a large shock for everyone as a result of Laura was on a path to complete her diploma,” Laura’s mom, Nicola Nuttall, 48, tells PEOPLE.
“She’d actually solely simply left so the very last thing we anticipated is that she’d be coming residence and issues would change so utterly … It’s deeply affected everyone. We’re all reeling from it.”
Laura left college after the analysis and underwent mind surgical procedure in addition to radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Now, the household is working to boost cash to pay for a particular therapy to avoid wasting Laura’s life. They’ve arrange a GoFundMe web page the place they’ve raised near $40,000.
Though they don’t understand how lengthy Laura will stay, Nicola says she, her husband Mark, 48, and 17-year-old daughter Gracie, are hopeful Laura will beat the chances.
“We’ll do no matter we probably can to maintain Laura with us for so long as doable. We’re optimistic. I’ve absolute confidence that she’s going to be the one individual that proves everyone incorrect and goes on to stay an extended life. I’m satisfied of it.”