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Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)

An acoustic neuroma is a type of non-cancerous (benign) brain tumour. It’s also known as a vestibular schwannoma.

A benign brain tumour is a growth in the brain that usually grows slowly over many years and doesn’t spread to other parts of the body. 667 more words

Surgery

My Unexpected Adventure with a Brain Tumor--Part 19 (Overcoming Trauma )

I underestimated how hard it would be to re-tell my brain surgery experience.  I also underestimated how hard it would be to drive by that first neurosurgeon’s office, where I sat outside with my husband after the appointment and sobbed under the pine trees, feeling like I was counting down the remaining days of my normal life.    540 more words

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My Unexpected Adventure with a Brain Tumor--Part 13 (Dealing with Facial Paralysis)

I appreciate that my surgeons warned me that my facial paralysis wasn’t going to be quick to heal.  Nerves regrow slowly, and my facial nerve was put through a particularly rigorous test, given the extra long duration of my surgery.    1,191 more words

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My Unexpected Adventure with a Brain Tumor--Part 10 (Heading Home)

Surgery was on Monday, and the days that followed were pretty restful.  By Thursday I was wearing my own comfy jammies and settling in to my familiar hospital bed even deeper, feeling like I knew the drill, but then the rehab pace started really picking up.  715 more words

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My Unexpected Adventure with a Brain Tumor--Part 9 (My Hospital Stay)

Once a room became available in the “close observation” unit on Tuesday afternoon my bed and I were wheeled over.  I believe there were three other patients in there, each of us tucked behind our privacy curtains, and it was quiet for the most part…except for one woman visiting her dad who talked VERY loudly trying to get him to wake up and recognize her voice.  1,190 more words

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More Challenges

I don’t know what it is, but I like to challenge myself often. I remember my therapist’s words on the last day of my physical therapy, “Never stop challenging your balance”. 516 more words

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My Unexpected Adventure with a Brain Tumor--Part 4 (Spreading the news)

Everyone has a right to be private.  I, however, am not a particularly private person.  I find that by sharing my real stories, my vulnerabilities, my celebrations and discoveries, I make connections, learn and grow.   911 more words

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