Just in time for Brain Tumor Awareness Month, I have a (positive) update on my own brain tumor (memingioma). In 2008 after an auto accident, I had a routine MRI. I was told I had another concussion and also had a brain tumor, meningioma, in my left frontal area of my brain. Hearing the news, I was extremely upset. Immediately, I went to the neurosurgeon who did my previous brain surgery. He said the tumor was small and would be slow growing. He also told me I would have to have a yearly MRI to keep watch of its growth.
In October of 2013 I went for my routine annual MRI scan to assess the meningioma in my brain. There it was discovered that the meningioma has doubled in size since 2008, and is now 2 cm.
May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month! Because a brain tumor is a type of brain injury, the symptoms experienced after having a stroke can be dealt with similar to those from brain injury. Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide to Living with the Challenges Associated with Concussion / Brain Injury describes the most common
It turns out that Sheryl Crow and I have something in common- a meningioma. For those of you who have never heard this term, a meningioma is in fact a brain tumor. Although the term “brain tumor” carries a negative connotation, this specific type of brain tumor is the most common, and more often not, completely harmless depending on where it is located in the brain.