It’s nearly at an end, but this month is all about Brain Tumour Awareness. Few people understand how difficult life can be for brain tumour patients - and the huge impact it can have on everyone they know and hold dear.

March 2011 is brain tumour awareness monthLuckily for most people the closest they get to brain tumours is movies and TV.

You might have seen how Ally McBeal’s love lost his life to a brain tumour. Remember how he told her, with perfect clarity, that he loved her then collapsed?

Great for tugging at the heart strings, but sadly a far cry from the reality.

I don’t want to talk about the last few weeks of Hannah’s life, but suffice it to say, she was completely changed by the end.

And she got off “lightly” in many ways. Other girls she met with her condition faced strokes and partial paralysis, going downhill much more rapidly than Hannah.

But however good or bad it is, a brain tumour is horrible in a new and unusual way. For some, it robs them of their independence and their ability to move and for others their personality is distorted. And unlike many other cancers, survival rates are low, and more research into the condition is needed.

If you feel strongly about the need for a change in the treatment of brain tumours, Brain Tumour UK is lobbying Westminster, this Tuesday 29 March, and they want everyone to join them. Even if you can’t be there in person, you can give support by writing to your MP about their Brain Tumour Manifesto.

East Midlands Today Talks about the Brain Tumour Manifesto

Whether you know someone who has been affected by brain tumours or not, please take the time to give your support. Remember, one day it could be you or someone you love that suffers.

PS Got big fundraising updates to share soon!