A mum of two has spoken of her battle with a brain tumour.
Teacher Jo Bourne, of Penrhyn Bay, was diagnosed with a grade two tumour early last year and underwent surgery and a course radiotherapy.
A charity night is now being organised in honour of the 36-year-old to help raise funds for Brain Tumour UK.
“I was shocked when I was diagnosed,” said Jo, who works with children with speech imparements throughout Conwy county.
“I kept smelling cooking when no one was cooking. It also affected my frontal and temporal lobes which are linked to speech and language, coordination, mood and memory.
“I thought it was stress.”
She underwent surgery on April 1 last year and then had a six weeks of radiotherapy treatment.
“They removed 60 per cent of the tumour,” she said.
“There has been no growth since the operation and I am now having MRI scans every six months to check if the tumour has changed.”
Family friend Antony Edwards, who runs Rhos on Sea-based publishing firm Transmission Print has organised the charity night at Bodafon Farm Park taking place this Friday from 7pm.
It will feature readings from authors Philip Davenport, Steve Holyman and Socrates Adams as well as live entertainment including speed painting.
“The tumour had a huge impact on my life,” said Jo.
“After I was diagnosed, there was two weeks when I couldn’t get myself up.
“The radiotherapy made me very tired.”
Jo’s husband Jon, proposed to her in 2010, after 14 years together.
She said: “Hopefully we can raise money to help research into prevention and treatment of all tumours.