After returning home from weekend trip in March, Courtney Warner was getting ready for bed when she heard a strange noise in her ear. Then, she realized she couldn’t talk. When she tried texting, she couldn’t think of the right words. While Warner worried, she thought she needed sleep and went to bed.
The next day, her speech improved and the sound was gone. While she felt relieved, she realized she still struggled to find the correct words. She eventually told her mom, Jan.
“There were a few words where she couldn’t remember what they were called,” Jan told TODAY.
Jan thought maybe Warner was dehydrated and tired. When Warner, who posts video blogs, or vlogs, about beauty as Courtelizz1, didn’t improve by Wednesday, Jan took her to the emergency room.
Warner was dehydrated, but doctors felt concerned that the 26-year-old woman struggled to use the correct words, what’s also known as aphasia. Normally, aphasia affects people who experience a stroke or brain injury. Doctors conducted a MRA, a type of MRI that examines blood vessels, and found something worrisome.
“There was a shadow on her brain,” Jan said. “The doctors assured us that it would probably be nothing.”
In a follow-up appointment, doctors took more images. While Warner had a mass, doctors didn’t think it was cancer. But she visited a surgeon who said he needed to perform a biopsy to be certain. That’s when then they learned the upsetting news — Warner had a stage 3 brain tumor.