"I Was Diagnosed With a Brain Tumour at 19" — Amy Pejkovic Shares Her Story
A few days after her 19th birthday Australian high jumper and model Amy Pejkovic received devastating news. She was suffering from a brain tumour and needed urgent surgery to remove it. Four years later this Daffodil Day ambassador shares her life-changing ordeal with POPSUGAR Australia.
It was 2012 and quite a busy time for me. It was the start of the athletics season, I had already qualified for the World Junior Championships in Spain and I was looking to qualify for the London Olympics. I remember being in Adelaide for a competition and it was just shocking, I didn't know what happened or why I kept getting my jumps wrong. So many of my competitions leading up to my diagnosis left me threatening to give up, I couldn't work out what was wrong or why I couldn't jump anymore, I was in possibly the worst head space. With the qualifiers I had a lot going on, I was about to turn 19 and I was looking at doing a course so I could get into university — I was busy.
In hindsight there were probably symptoms for years but I never picked up on them. Every week I'd have at least two headaches, they were just persistent headaches, all the time. I became very uncoordinated and I couldn't balance. I'd go to walk through a door and my depth perception was off which meant I'd walk into the door frame almost every time. My vision was kind of thrown off as well. From what I can remember this was going on for about two years. The catalyst that made me see a doctor was the throwing up.