Hi Artteacher and welcome!,,
Sorry for your health issues on top of family issues,, that's tough,, you have truly had much stress lately,, I hope some of that eases for you.
I'm not sure who you are seeing in B'ham,, but I saw ( and had surgery with) Dr McGrew first,, and Dr Fisher ( the neurosurgeon) as a team at UAB. Both are excellent doctors with experience in AN treatment. There are a couple of other doctors in B'ham that folks have seen,, but I have not talked with anyone who had theirs treated by them.
I don't personally know of any other doctors in the State that have extensive surgical experience with these tumors. If you are interested in radiation treatment,, Mobile has a Cyberknife machine at USA Mitchell Cancer Center. I attended a presentation by them that was impressive and informative.
Vanderbilt in Nashville would be another place that has excellent doctors and reputation for treatment of ANs. Several folks on here have used them. That would be a good second opinion if you want to travel.
There are several doctors who will offer phone consultation after you send in a copy of your MRI to them. One is House Clinic in Los Angeles. I did that and got wonderful advice from a doctor over the phone but did not have surgery there.
Hope this helps give you a starting place for your research and decision making. The symptoms can make daily life very difficult but you have time to make a decision on treatment. Listen to your doctor's advice as we on here are not medical professionals just folks who have dealt with or are dealing with ANs,,,
Good luck,, if you would like to talk or have questions,, feel free to PM me ,, I've talked to several folks over the years,, I had my surgery in 2011,,,