Speaking during surgery was needed to measure brain function in real time, but her dialogue with medical staff went beyond all expectations. “Because I stayed awake the whole time, they could tell when my speech was affected or when I couldn’t clench my first. So I effectively had to continually talk for eight hours,” she said. Sarah-May even said she found the whole process fascinating. She added: “I have always loved medical programmes. The fact it was me didn’t hit until much later and I was just very, very curious. I got them to take pictures and now I have an album of pictures of the inside of my brain!”
Image taken during surgery
“Part of my comedy routine was making up songs on the spot about people, so I made songs up about the therapist”, she confessed. Sarah-May appreciated that the surgery was the best part of her treatment. After struggling with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, she is feeling better and has returned to her job as a special needs teacher. “The future is bright now. I didn’t make the Edinburgh Festival this year but I’ll be back next year for sure,” she promised herself. Sarah-May who named her tumour Rodger. Her life story can be inspiring to others.