Hi, Jackee ~
I'm sorry you're the receipent of an acoustic neuroma diagnosis but glad that you discovered the ANA website Discussion Forums and decided to register and post.
Your initial reaction to your AN diagnosis- stunned disbelief - is pretty normal. The bright spot is that at 8mm, your AN is quite small and should be amenable to non-invasive radiation, should you choose that option. Frankly, if preserving your hearing in the affected ear is a primary concern, treating the tumor with radiation now may be an option you'll want to consider because procrastination is tempting but often comes at at a high price. So, my suggestion (you'll be getting others) is to tell your doctor you wish to consider radiation treatment, if feasible and see where that takes you.
In the meantime, you can begin your research right here on the ANA website. Go to our home page http://www.anausa.org/
and read the brief articles under 'Acoustic Neuroma Introduction'
(on the lower right-hand side of the page). Then, click on 'ANA Store'
and go to 'booklets
'. You can order ANA booklets that go into deeper detail about ANs, treatments, etc. They are very reasonably priced at $3. and under and I believe you'll find them very helpful.
For now, if you have a question, please feel free to ask it on these forums. Although we're not doctors and cannot offer specific medical advice as AN patients, our membership has a wealth of practical knowledge they are eager to share. All you have to do is ask.
I wish you success as your AN journey begins.Jim