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Elisha Hudson

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Miss Norfolk 2017 Elisha Hudson blacked out while driving her car to a doctor's appointment. When she blacked out, her car slid off of the road. After the accident, Hudson was afraid that she might have epilepsy after the incident, so she went to see her doctor about it.

A tragic accident led to an even worse diagnosis After months of torturous headaches, Hudson received a diagnosis that she could never have expected. At just 25 years old, Hudson received news that she has an untreatable brain tumor. Because her tumor is so close to her optic nerve, undergoing surgery could leave Hudson blind or cause a stroke.

While Hudson initially wanted to know how much time she had left, she tries to keep in mind that she is fortunate to be able to continue living her life. "I think now, yes, I have a tumor, but I am still able to drive, I am still able to work and my life isn’t on hold because of it," Hudson said. "The way I see it, because they’re saying there is no treatment at the moment, I have to live my life to the full and to the max and stay positive." Turning setbacks into strides forward Despite having a brain tumor, Hudson lives life to the fullest extent.

"Basically I just want to prove that yes, I do have a brain tumor, but I can still fulfill my dreams through modeling and photo shoots and fashion," Hudson said. "I want to prove the point that if somebody gets told bad news your life doesn’t get put on hold - go out and do everything you want to do."

Hudson uses her title as Miss Norfolk 2017 to spread awareness about brain tumors. She partnered with Brain Tumor Research, which encourages schools, workplaces and families to wear or make hats at events to raise funds for brain tumor research centers. Last night, Hudson held a fundraising event, Wear A Hat Day, in conjunction with Brain Tumor Research.

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