I thought I was just dizzy — but I lost the ability to walk, talk or smile

At first, she didn't think it was 'a big deal'.

I thought I was just dizzy — but I lost the ability to walk, talk or smile
I thought I was just dizzy - but I lost the ability to walk, talk or smile Caters/Instagram
Dent’s symptoms went from ‘0 to 100 in no time at all’ (Picture: @tori.jean.dent/Caters News)

When Tori Dent suddenly felt dizzy, she thought she was ‘just being dramatic.’

But the 28-year-old says her symptoms escalated from ‘0 to 100 in no time at all,’ and she was later diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.

Tori, from Australia, lost her ability to walk, talk or smile, and now, three years on, she’s still on the journey to recovery.

Tori says: ‘The way I live has completely changed.

‘I don’t work anymore, my looks have changed, even my friendships have changed because obviously there’s things that I’m just not capable of doing anymore.’

Tori, from Queensland, Australia, first experienced dizziness on holiday, but says she wasn’t initially concerned.

‘I thought I was just being dramatic because it didn’t seem like that big of a deal when I went to hospital,’ she says.

However, after doctors discovered that she had an aggressive brain tumour, she underwent surgery, but suffered complications after a wound ‘wouldn’t stop growing’, and increasing the pressure on her brain.

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The 28-year-old was forced to give up her job as a nurse(Picture: @tori.jean.dent/Caters News)

Tori was in hospital for a total of 14 months, during which time she lost movement in her face and legs. She was also forced to leave her job as a nurse.

‘I did worry that it would get worse at some points,’ she says. ‘I expected that I’d never eat properly again, I’d never talk again or get certain tubes out of my body again.’

Tori underwent countless surgeries and procedures to aid her recovery, and had to learn to adjust to both breath and eat through tubes. She also had ‘reanimation’ surgery, which helps to help restore facial symmetry and movement in the facial muscles.

A turning point came for Tori in May 2020, when for reasons unknown to doctors, her brain tumour began to shrink. The tube to help her breathe was late able to be removed, and she had extensive rehab to learn to walk and talk again.

@torijeandent / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED Tori dancing) This is remarkable Tori Dent celebrating a life goal of doing a viral social media dance three years after becoming paralysed following a brain tumour. The 28-year-old made a pact to recover and take part in the TikTok phenomena after being losing the feeling in half her face, arms and legs. She previously had the brain tumour removed but suffered complications after a wound wouldn't stop growing. She says she was delighted to do the dance as it was something she thought she'd never be able to do before making her recovery. She said:
Dent initially thought she was ‘being dramatic'(Picture: @tori.jean.dent/Caters News)

‘You don’t expect things to change that much when you’re 25 so it’s been a lot to adapt to,’ she said.

‘I now have a wheelie walker than helps me with my balance and helps me walk properly but my next goal is to walk without any help,’ she added.

And, in another huge milestone, Tori has taken part in a viral TikTok dance, something she ‘missed out on’ whilst she was in hospital.

@torijeandent / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED Tori dancing) This is remarkable Tori Dent celebrating a life goal of doing a viral social media dance three years after becoming paralysed following a brain tumour. The 28-year-old made a pact to recover and take part in the TikTok phenomena after being losing the feeling in half her face, arms and legs. She previously had the brain tumour removed but suffered complications after a wound wouldn't stop growing. She says she was delighted to do the dance as it was something she thought she'd never be able to do before making her recovery. She said:
Dent missed out on viral TikTok trends (Picture: @tori.jean.dent/Caters News)

‘The TikTok dance I did was so silly but because TikTok was so new when I went in hospital, I missed out on doing the trends so my first dance was just a fun goal really’, she shared.

‘I never thought I’d be able to do this or stand to be honest’, she added. ‘I can barely balance.’

‘I get a lot of positive comments – I’m really happy with the stuff I’ve started posting and those type of comments just reassure me really.’

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