A teenager who visited her GP 15 times complaining of 'crippling headaches' was eventually diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Beckie Hiley, 19, of Chelmsford, Essex, was told by medics for more than a year that she had migraines and recommended 'headache drugs'.
The English Literature student managed to make it through Freshers' Week despite her severe vomiting, double vision and extreme fatigue.
But halfway through her first lecture, Miss Hiley 'couldn't go on' and was rushed to A&E.
After being told yet again it was just a headache, it was an optician at Specsavers who finally noticed something was wrong and referred her to a specialist.
Miss Hiley was finally diagnosed with a grade two gemistocytic astrocytoma brain tumour.
After enduring two surgeries to remove the mass, Miss Hiley is now undergoing radiotherapy - and will need chemo - to ensure she is all-clear.
Beckie Hiley (pictured) - who visited her GP 15 times complaining of 'crippling headaches' - was later diagnosed with a brain tumour in October and forced to endure two surgeries
Miss Hiley went under the knife (scar pictured) to remove a section of bone from her skull so the tumour beneath could be treated. A scan revealed the mass had returned following the first procedure. Although the second was a success, she still needs radiotherapy and chemo
After being sent away from A&E when doctors once again insisted it was just a headache, Miss Hiley's mother Emma (pictured together when Miss Hiley was younger) took her daughter to see an optician at Specsavers. The optician noticed her optics nerves were severely swollen
Speaking of her diagnosis, Miss Hiley said: 'It has been a really tough journey. Going through a year of suffering and nobody listening is the worst bit.
'The doctors were putting them down to migraines. But little did I know I was sitting in their office with a brain tumour.
'It is crazy when you are trying to tell a doctor you are having the worst headache of your life and they just send you round the corner with headache drugs.'
Miss Hiley first developed headaches in November 2017 but the pain did not become crippling until March last year.
The discomfort then became increasingly intense and even left her vomiting.
'I couldn't keep any food down and I could barely walk from my bed to the sofa,' Miss Hiley said. 'I had no energy whatsoever.
'I was going through Freshers' week, meeting my lecturers and I started getting double vision, which is difficult when you're studying literature.
'I made it to one lecture and in that, I had to leave half way through to go to A&E. I just couldn't go on.'
Pictured right, the tumour in her brain. Pictured left, the hole left in her brain after the mass was removed
The scan shows the cystic build up of the tumour (right) before being removed (left)
The student managed to make it through Freshers' Week despite her severe vomiting, double vision and extreme fatigue. But halfway through her first lecture, Miss Hiley 'couldn't go on'
When Miss Hiley arrived at A&E, a doctor once again dismissed her symptoms as just a