Hello.....I am new to this sight and also newly diagnosed with an AN on the 29th of July..(happy birthday to me!!) I have had hearing loss for about 3 years and was told that a virus damaged my nerves. In February, I had a bout of vertigo and have not truly healed....still off balance, still no hearing, and when I turn my head, it feels like it takes a few seconds for my head to focus on what I am looking at, having pain in the left ear, numbness on the left side of my face and on and in my mouth. I went in for a MRI and found the AN on the left side.......I have surgery scheduled (translab) on September 15th. Now here is my "emotional rollercoaster". I thank God every day that this tumor isnt malignant. I know that there are many, many more people in this world that receive horrible diagnosis than an AN. Then on the other hand, I am so tired of physically not feeling good, am scared about the surgery and the recouperation, and I feel guilty feeling this way because I know it could be worse. I have been a single working mom for 14 years and pretty much can handle things that come my way.......usually look at the glass as half full, not empty. But I really am having a hard time with this one! Too many emotions..... Has anyone felt this way and any advise on how to get off this ride?? Thanks.......Kathleen Anna
Kathleen Anna ~ I locked your post due to the fact that you have an identical post on the Microsurgical Options board and, to save bandwidth and avoid confusion, we do not permit multiple, identical posts. J.S.