My wife and I viewed her MRI 1.5 weeks ago, and it was traumatic for her. The AN is 2.5 cm, pressing on nerves 7, 9, 10, 11, brain stem and pons. ENT showed surprise at the size and location, and he said that it needed to be removed. We got a call yesterday that her consult at Mayo in Rochester with Dr. Michael Link will be this coming Thurs., 4/29. Again, the trauma for my wife, anticipating the horrible details of surgery and post-surgery - things she doesn't want to hear about. Biblically speaking, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. She is clinging to the Lord, buoyed up by Kari Jobe's music, a Christian singer. Yet her body just reacts traumatically, emotionally and physically. Yesterday, a well-meaning friend had some materials for my wife that promoted a non-surgical approach to AN, something about tumor shrinkage. Several well-meaning friends tell her that it is no big deal, don't get uptight, don't worry. This is really a roller-coaster ride for my wife. We have a 21-year-old high functioning autistic son living with us, and that adds to the stress because the AN situation is so all-consuming. In many ways, our son brightens our day, yet he still takes our time. He shows his stress for our situation by giving hugs repeatedly throughout the day. I'm just airing some things. If you have some comments, I'd appreciate them. This forum has helped me a lot in support of my wife. The materials from ANA has been a blessing to me - my wife does not want to know the details I now know.