Meningioma Brain Tumor - Eviction Day!

Published: 17th June 2011
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Meningioma brain tumour - Be Gone! The alarm sounds at 7am and I am out of bed as bright as a button. It is another beautiful day in paradise and the temperatures are already in the low 20’s. I make a cup of tea and wash my shoulder length hair. The thought of not being able to wash my hair again for a while is quite unnerving. I don’t want to end up with dread locks and look like ‘Sideshow Bob’.

On the way to the hospital it seems as if I suddenly have lots of unanswered questions regarding my brain tumour surgery. All the big ones were answered but I now wonder how my head will be bandaged, what time the operation will be, how will I feel when I come round and how do they fix the skull bone back? Anxiety setting in I guess.

I wonder whether I am adequately prepared for this brain tumor surgery but I feel confident that the main players are prepared and that they will look after me. Positive thinking keeps the mind in focus!

I think I should be nervous, but I’m not. It's strange, but I just want it to happen and after all, I’m not going to know a lot about it during the operation hopefully. I am greeted by friendly nursing staff and am advised that the neurosurgeon will be along at about 8:30am to see me. It looks like I will not be waiting long. I have my pre-op medication administered and am visited by the anesthetist.

I have a feeling that things are going to happen quite quickly and the air feels electric. I ask how long they think the operation will take and they advise between 4-5 hours to completely rid me of this meningioma brain tumour forever. I am wheeled out of the door down to surgery and I hear my husband say I love you. I feel guilty for how scared he looks. I tell him I love him, he is my hero and that I won’t be long. I am made comfortable on the operating table. The neurosurgeon and anesthetist inspect their tools. The whole atmosphere in the room is one of calm while they explain what they are doing and I wish them both a good morning’s work.

I decide now is the time to try my husband’s joke. I start just as the needle is taking effect and unfortunately I do not see it through to its conclusion:
Me – Do you think I will be able to play the piano after the operation?
Anesthetist – Oh certainly, you will have no problem with that.
Me – That’s amazing, becau…………………………..

Sadly, to this day, they have no idea that I have never played the piano in my life. I knew I’d never make a comedienne, especially if I am destined to fall asleep in the middle of my own jokes.

And so to sleep while the skilled players take to the field and kick this meningioma brain tumor into touch.

Meningioma brain tumor symptoms come in many guises and affect people in very many ways. My symptoms started off as a minor twitch in my left leg that was sporadic and lasted for about 10 second intervals. I thought I had trapped a nerve in my back until an MRI scan was undertaken and I was diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor.


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