WIDOW Amanda Pearman knows all too well what it is like to lose a loved one.
Amanda, of Verne Close, Whiteley, was devastated when her husband Ross was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Ross, who worked as a journalist and writer, died in February, aged 35.
He leaves behind two sons – Phoenix, five, and one-year-old Xavier.
Now Amanda has asked people to back a charity that looks into the cause and cure of brain tumours.
Amanda, 36, said: ‘Ross was diagnosed four-and-a-half years ago with a brain tumour – when one of our sons was only three months old.’
She described how she came home one day to find her husband had suffered an epileptic fit.
He was taken to hospital, where he had a second fit.
A scan revealed the tumour.
‘Both our worlds were turned upside-down,’ said Amanda.
‘We had gone from elation at the birth of our son to devastation at the diagnosis.
‘Ross had radiotherapy and chemotherapy, but everything happened so quickly.’
‘The thing with brain tumours is there doesn’t seem to be enough awareness or information about the disease.
‘It is something that is incurable.
‘It’s devastating what it does to a family – I’m a widow at the age of 36 and it has turned my world upside-down.
‘Ross was only 30 when he was diagnosed.
‘It’s such a huge impact on the life of someone so young.
‘Yet you don’t hear much about it unlike other cancers.
‘I feel very angry for him and his children.’
Amanda, who is a qualified nurse, was forced to give up her job so she could care for Ross full time.
She supports Brain Tumour Research, which has its research centre at the University of Portsmouth.
The charity aims to raise funds and awareness of the disease, which kills more people under 40 than any other cancer.
As previously reported in The News, Gunwharf Quays will now be supporting the charity.
The centre will host events through the year –and the fun starts on Saturday, when staff at Gunwharf Quays will be holding a Wear A Hat Day in aid of the cause.