‘Terrified’ woman, 45, wakes up to find she can’t remember words

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A mum woke up one day and could not remember words, her address or date of birth.

Annette Woollam put her memory and speech problems down to "anxiety and nerves" as she had just begun immunotherapy for lung cancer.

But one morning the 45-year-old woke up "terrified" and said she had "no words", the Liverpool Echo reports.

She said: "I had noticed the week leading up to my total breakdown that I was struggling with words and couldn't find certain words in my mind.

"Then on that day when it happened I was at home alone, my husband had left for work. It was terrifying and it's not something you wish on anyone.

"So I put it down to being a bit anxious because I didn't know what to expect so I wasn't worried too much about my speech.

"But then after a week, one morning when I woke up and basically my thinking wasn’t working and then also not being able to find the words. It was scary.

"It got to the point where I couldn’t remember my address or even my date of birth. I was so scared I didn’t know what was happening."

Annette, from Chester, was able to ring 999.

The emergency operator realised she was struggling to communicate and sent an ambulance.

Annette added: "I don’t know how they found me, but I am so grateful, and the operator stayed on the line until they arrived.

"I was able to leave a message on my husband’s phone, it probably didn’t make much sense."

She was referred to The Walton Centre in Liverpool for urgent brain surgery, where neurosurgeon Andrew Brodbelt managed to remove a tumour that she did not realise had been growing inside her brain.

Anette's cognitive skills soon returned to normal after the tumour was removed, which was found in the speech and language centre of her brain.

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