Scots teacher diagnosed with brain cancer after husband found her having seizure on kitchen floor

A Scots teacher found out she had brain cancer after her husband found her having a seizure on their kitchen floor.

Jeana Watt, 47, had just come back from the chiropractor and was getting ready for her second Covid jab when she suddenly collapsed on June 23.

Her husband Stephen had luckily returned home from work early and found her lying on the kitchen floor in their home in Motherwell where she had fallen and was having convulsions.

She was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma, also known as brain cancer.

Usually, a person would start showing symptoms earlier, but the diagnosis came as a shock to the whole family.

Jeana and Stephen Watt
Jeana and Stephen Watt
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Stephen, 42, told the Record that his wife had been fit and active well before her collapse, and that it was something they never saw coming.

He said: “I was completely shocked when I saw her on the floor, I had no idea it was so serious. She had just been to a chiropractor so my initial thoughts were that, hoping that they hadn’t twisted or moved something they shouldn’t have.

“But it turned into something even more serious than that, we were all heartbroken to find out it was a glioblastoma as it had not presented itself before.

“Some people when they get it, they notice things like it taking you longer to tie your shoe laces, or take you longer to run a 5k, that sort of thing.

“It is a slow killer, so there was nothing beforehand that led us to believe that Jeana was sick.”

Jeana, who is a maths teacher at the Skills Academy in Coatbridge, underwent lengthy surgery at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow on July 2, where she had almost 100% of the tumour removed.

Her family welcomed this success, and thought she was on her way to recovery.

However, after she began radiotherapy and chemotherapy at the Beatson Cancer Centre, she got seriously ill again and had to be rushed to get another CT scan.

There, it was confirmed that the tumour had regrown in her brain and was likely terminal, with doctors giving her 18 months to live.

This news devastated Stephen and their three grown-up children, Danni, Ryan and Liam.

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Stephen, who works in construction, said: “It was shocking, I don’t think any of the family stopped crying for about three days afterwards.

“She is completely irreplaceable to all of us, she’s always had a heart of gold and helps so many people through her job as a teacher.

“Jeana is infectious, and is the glue that holds our family and extended families together so she would be greatly missed by all of us, especially me and our children.

“If I talk too much about it, I will probably start crying but yeah, she would be irreplaceable.

“She works at Skills Academy, where some of the more disruptive pupils are sent to help them with their maths and english and she acts as a mentor to them so they can go on to achieve what they want.

“For example, boys who want to get into constructions she was helping them to get CSC cards, for girls doing hairdressing she would try and find them placements, so she loves helping people.”

Jeana’s family are trying to raise £100,000 to pay for urgent lifesaving treatment in Germany.

The Watt family
The Watt family
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Currently, she is on a course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy to try and reduce the tumour as much as she can, but it will never go away.

They have been liasing with Dr Stefan Van Gool from the IOZK clinic in Cologne who do a treatment called Multimodal Immunotherapy which helps the body learn to control the tumour and use and strengthens the immune system

It would allow Jeana to live a longer life with the tumour as the immune system would target new cancer cell growths.

However, the treatment costs £100,000 for the first two parts, so the family are fundraising to help her fly out and receive it as soon as possible.

Stephen added: “For Glioblastoma, they can do surgery if possible plus radiotherapy and chemotherapy but there is really nothing else they can offer after that.

“If the immunotherapy doesn’t go ahead, Jeana will be on borrowed time.

“The idea behind this treatment is that is trains your body’s immune systems to recognise and attack the cancer so we are looking for some longevity.”

To donate to the fundraiser, visit here.

Daily Record – Motherwell