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« on: October 24, 2010, 05:19:43 pm »
As you can see, I am a newbie, but I am a fanatic on the Forum.  I was getting ready today for a local ANA support group meeting. I thought I should brush my teeth before I left.  I thought I saw something move on my face when I tried to brush my teeth. (level 6 since my surgery in May, 2010).  I took my toothbrush out of my mouth and tried to see whatever I saw, again.  I could make my cheek and my lip move, my cheek more than my mouth!!  I have to concentrate on the area but they both move.  My wife and I checked my picture from a month ago and the difference is very evident.  I thought I would share this because the ANA Forum has been a life-send for me during the past 5 months.  I thought that others might find some hope in my e-mail.  I cannot stop looking at myself in the mirror, even for a small improvement.  Thanks to everyone, especially the "veterans" on the web-site.  I have kept a positive state of mind because of all of you and it looks like it might pay off.  I am trying to keep my enthusiasm in check since anything can change.
translab surgery of 2.6cm neuroma, right side, by Dr. Welling at Ohio State, 6-18-10.  BAHA base placed on same day.  Facial paralysis. Gold weight 7-14-10.


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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010, 05:22:18 pm »
It's a great feeling, isn't? Congrats on first movement! Here's to hoping lots of progress over the next weeks.

Bob the tumor: 4.4cm x 3.9cm x 4.1 cm.
Trans-Lab and Retro-sigmoid at MCV on 2/12/2010.

Removed 90-95% in a 32 hour surgery. Two weeks in ICU.  SSD Left.

BAHA implant 1/25/11.

28 Sessions of FSR @ MCV ended 2/9/12.


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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2010, 07:56:05 pm »
Congratulations!    ;D  I trust those nerves will keep healing.
AN 1.4 cm x 1.7 cm x 1.0 cm
fair amount of hearing loss right ear
diagnosed 7/29/10

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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010, 06:25:36 am »
Great news!  ;D
Diagnosed 12/16/2008
AN 2.4 X 2.0 X 1.6 CM
surgery performed on 1/27/2009 Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2010, 06:41:22 am »
14mmX11mmX11mm left ear
TRANSLAB 04/07/09 2cms at time of surgery
Dr. Benoit and Schramm, Ottawa Civic Campus
SSD ,some facial numbness
Baha surgery sept 22/09
residual tumor 13mmX7mmX8mm
2016 new growth.  25mmX21mmX22mm
cyberknife on June 7


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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2010, 08:36:22 am »
That is great news! And that is about 5 months post op, so I would imagine you will continue to see improvement.
Let us know how things progress! I can feel your excitement,-keep moving that face :)
06/06-Translab 3x2.5 vascular L AN- MAMC,Tacoma WA
Facial nerve cut,reanastomosed.Tarsorrhaphy
11/06. Gold weight,tarsorrhaphy reversed
01/08- nerve transposition-(12/7) UW Hospital, Seattle
5/13/10 Gracilis flap surgery UW for smile restoration :)
11/10/10 BAHA 2/23/11 brow lift/canthoplasty


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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2010, 09:36:21 am »
So excited for you.  You should continue to see substantial improvement!
Translab surgery 12/15/2008 followed by CSF leakage repair and 3 additional surgeries for MRSA of the brain (NOT typical) SSD,  facial and vocal cord paralysis, numerous reconstructive surgeries, Transear 12/2010


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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2010, 10:33:30 am »
Love to hear the encouraging news, cheers to more healing in the months to come!   :o
Left AN 2.5CM,retrosigmoid 11/2008, second surgery to repair CSF leak. 
Headaches began immediately.  Dr. Ducic occipital nerve resection, December 2011!!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2010, 03:13:02 pm »
WHOO HOO  !!  Great news,  it's only a matter of time for more movement.  CONGRATULATIONS !!
Always good thoughts,  Nancy
2.2cm length x 1.7cm width x 1.3cm  depth
retrosigmoid 6/19/06
Gold weight 7/19/06, removed 3/07
lateral tarsel strip X3
T3 procedure 11/20/07
1.6 Gm platinum weight 7/10/08
lateral canthal sling 11/14/08
Jones tube insert right inner eye 2/27/09
right facial paralysis
good to go.

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2010, 03:39:50 pm »

4.5 cm AN diagnosed 5/06.  Retrosigmoid surgery 6/06.  Follow-up FSR completed 10/06.  Tumor shrinkage & necrosis noted on last MRI.  Life is good. 

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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2010, 06:40:28 pm »
CONGRATULATIONS!!!  That's how it starts-with a tiny movement.  It should continue to improve from there.  Keep taking the monthly pictures so you can see the changes over time. 
translab on 3.5+ cm tumor
September 6, 2005
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Milwaukee, WI
left-side facial paralysis and numbness
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