A young woman who delayed treatment to have a baby is preparing to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday after a second brain tumour operation.

Carly Beasley, of Chippenham, will undergo a second surgery, five years after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and after delaying treatment to have her daughter, who turns one a fortnight after her operation.

The 35-year-old mum said: “When I was diagnosed with my brain tumour, the consultant recommended surgery or as it was slow growing, for it to be monitored, however it was likely I would need surgery in two years’ time.

“Although both options were given I was adamant I wanted it removed immediately and I had the operation in January 2018.”

A 13-hour long operation at Southmead Hospital in Bristol saw most of the tumour removed.

Recent scans have remained stable but shown slight bulking of the tumour and Carly is now preparing for her second brain surgery in mid-August, two weeks before her daughter’s first birthday.

She added: “Due to the type of tumour I have, I always knew that I may need further treatment and now my husband and I have had our daughter, Ivy, I am ready for the next part of my treatment.”

Carly, 35, married her high school sweetheart, Kris Beasley, shortly before she was diagnosed with a low-grade oligodendroglioma. After delaying their honeymoon due to Carly’s first surgery, the couple made the decision to travel before starting a family.

Carly added: “Baby Ivy arrived into the world in August 2021 and despite doctors being unsure how my tumour may be impacted by pregnancy, everything went well and we are looking forward to celebrating Ivy’s first birthday with close family and friends.

“This time round, my consultant has recommended radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment after surgery.

“With anything that people go through, not just brain tumours, you experience a mix of emotions.

“I’ve had anxiety about my illness and have gone through the inevitable ups-and-downs, but I am thankful to have treatment options - I know other people aren’t as fortunate.”

Since her diagnosis, Carly has helped raise more than £10,000 for Brain Tumour Research through a series of fundraising challenges, supported by her husband, family, friends and local CrossFit gym.

Mel Tiley, community development manager at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We’re incredibly thankful to Carly for sharing her story with us and wish her well as she prepares for her surgery. It’s wonderful that her and Kris will be celebrating their daughter’s birthday.”