Mountain biking is a risky sport, but it helped me cope with my brain tumour diagnosis | Tracey Croke

Hurtling down trails on two wheels might not be the most obvious way to cope with a life-changing news, but for Tracey Croke it helped her find inner peace

It wasn’t the news my doctor expected from the scan. I could tell by the look on his face. Most partial hearing loss episodes are caused by infections. I was that rare, one-in-whatever-thousand case where they’d discovered a squatter – which I now call “the thing” – was hanging out in my head.

“It’s a brain tumour,” he said.

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