When I was first diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma in August 2017 and was terrified about having to walk the treacherous path ahead, I went online to learn all that I could about these tumors and treatments, and to read as many patients’ stories as I could find. Unfortunately, almost all of them were fairly nightmarish, especially from those who took the time to write a comprehensive account. (There wasn’t much out there to help calm my overwhelming fears.) Given that I also could not find answers to so many of my questions, I was immediately motivated to document my brain tumor “adventure” in great detail and with a positive outlook, with hopes that those diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma in the future will come across it and find a little beam of light in their sudden darkness.
You’ll see that the first few posts were written before my surgery, and the rest were written after, but from the absolute beginning I made a commitment to myself that I would hold tight to my happiness all throughout this journey, with peace, love and rugged grace in my heart. As of now, I haven’t yet traveled the full distance, but I believe I’ve managed to honor my commitment so far.
For anyone who was recently diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma (or anything else terrifying) who has stumbled upon this blog, I hope that by my sharing my detailed experience, thoughts and research along the way, you can find answers to your questions, or support in one way or another. Please free to reach out and connect.
And so it begins…