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11/7/12 10:58 A

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Welcome to the Brainies!

"If you can dream it, you can do it. " -- Walt Disney


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11/5/12 9:02 A

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Wow, welcome to the group, but I am really sorry you have had such a rough time of it!!! I am glad you found us!
We are diverse, but through our commonality of brain injuries have found a safe place to grow from one another (or shrink as the case may be LOL).
Hugs and again, welcome!!!

All the best,
Barb G


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CAROLE914 Posts: 7,364
11/4/12 8:16 P

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Bless you, you have had your share of problems.

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11/4/12 7:25 P

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Greetings!

New here -- I live in the Pacific NW, retired early in 2003, returned to school that year to finish my undergrad degree in music. Got my degree in 2006, and went on to grad school for my Masters.

I was diagnosed in Nov 2010 with a small-ish meningioma, on the left side, just above my ear. It showed up when I had an MRI done to check for a pituitary adenoma (which i also have, but it's non-functioning). At that time, the meningioma was 1.1cm x 2.2cm. Had another MRI in Feb of 2012, and it was 2.7cm x 3.2cm, so it's growing, but for now, we're taking a "wait and see" approach since I don't appear to be having any terribly serious symptoms (yet).

I do have bad double vision, but the neurologist I'm seeing doesn't think it's related to the tumor. I also just had neck surgery in May (two blown disks and a really nasty bone spur - ended up with a BAD cerebrospinal fluid leak and spent 10 days in the hospital). We were hoping that might do something w/ the double vision problem, but it didn't. The other major problem going into surgery -- a bad balance problem -- has definitely improved since the neck surgery, but the double vision is still there.

I'll be having another MRI just after the first of the year, and if this thing is any bigger, I'll be referred to a neurosurgeon in Seattle for possible surgery. I'm 61 yrs old, and NOT looking forward to thet possibility. But we'll take it one day at a time for now.

So ... that's my story. Lana

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