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Acoustic Neuroma Patient Stories

Read stories from the ANA community and share your own acoustic neuroma story to help inspire others.

Rich Dobson

For me, the hardest part of my acoustic neuroma journey was the decision process. To say that I struggled with my decision is an understatement of epic proportions. I overanalyzed to the point where I could not make a decision.

Some days I thought I would never make it through – I was stuck. But I finally did, and also had a great result.

A Tale of Two Acoustic Neuromas
Celeste and David Ventners

This is a story of not one, but two acoustic neuroma experiences. What is unique about this story is that the two subjects happen to be married.

Flight Against All Odds
Rick Gaetano

On Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, three men boarded a routine United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Raleigh, North Carolina. It is what they learned about each other over the duration of the flight that made this trip anything but routine. 

Finding My Way Post-Surgically with the Assistance of Holistic/Alternative Practices
Elizabeth Derosa

My journey into holistic medicine began with my son who was diagnosed with asthma and allergies. As the years passed, my son experienced several other health issues. After years of antibiotics, steroids, inhalers, and nebulizer machines, I finally said, “enough is enough.” I was in search of physical freedom for him and was, unknowingly, preparing for my own future health struggle with a 3.2 cm acoustic neuroma.

Two Opinions: One Decision
Thomas Sattler, MD

In 1989, I noticed that the dial tone on my phone was not the same pitch in each ear despite perfect hearing. I saw an ENT who did the standard hearing and balance tests, all of which were normal. However, an MRI revealed a 1.0 cm acoustic neuroma. It also revealed a second benign brain tumor, a meningioma. Because meningiomas frequently require no treatment, I was advised to watch the meningioma but decide what I wanted to do about the AN.

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