A TOOWOOMBA woman who survived a brain tumour the size of a "bloody big, free range chook egg" said the experience completely changed her outlook on life.
Ash Stuart, a 30-year-old agriculture teacher, was diagnosed with primary malignant brain cancer in October last year.
She was faced with dire odds, but remained determined to beat the disease.
At the time she described herself as "being at base camp at Mt Everest".
"Any help I receive is truly appreciated - let's climb Everest together," she said.
She enlisted the help of maverick surgeon Charlie Teo, the same man who helped Dalby toddler Braxton Rayner.
"Lookout Gollum you're about to be surgically removed to the tune of 98%," she said before the surgery.
Following the operation Ms Stuart knew she would beat the disease.
"I am going to win, I just know it.
"I am going to kill this b*****d myself with a combination of the ketogenic diet (high-fat), cannabis oil, Essiac tea (herbal) and almond kernels."
She started a new role teaching in Toowoomba this week and is now thankful she contracted the disease.
Mr Stuart said her whole outlook had changed and she realised how precious every day of life was.
She recently returned from a holiday in Europe with a new lease of life.
"I'm glad I got the disease. Sometimes people complain about the smallest things but I never will," she said.
"I really appreciate life."
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