Sharky, just saw your reply and questions. I was 51 at diagnosis, watched and lived for 6 months and when growth showed I had the Gamma Knife. Yes I am pretty fit, jog, hike, etc. I do still work as a legal secretary part time (15-20) hours per week so I do sit a lot. At about 5 months I started experiencing vertigo episodes. NONE before GK and NOTHING like anyone mentions that are severe. They are not debiltating, they last for only seconds and I do know some of the "triggers" If I walk up a set of stairs around and around, it sets it off. If I walk uphill it sets it off. If I run a straight flat surface, I am still wobbly but don't get the "spinning". I had some hearing loss, tinnitus and fatigue before and I still have that. My hearing has declined some as well. I have had no facial issues yet and overall doing really well. I just rest in the afternoons, don't climb up stairs and just press on.
One thing about beningn in this particular tumor is it is damaging, does not matter the treatment you choose, you will have the damage and it is permanent. So I choose to navigate my new normal and press on with the life I have been given to live. I do have strong faith and it no doubt helps me with my attitude. Instead of why me, I say why not me and Lord use it to help others in their life. I don't like it one bit that I am wobbly all the time or losing my hearing, but it is a fact I am wobbly, I am losing my hearing so I am grateful for what I do have instead of what I am losing.
I also have my best friend with AN, another good friend with AN and my other good friends mother with AN. 3 chose radiation and 1 surgery. We are all doing well and all but one live in the same small South Carolina suburb. 2 have complete hearing loss, 1 her hearing was not affected so far (hers was small at 8mm) and me. 3 of us all have the tinnitus, balance and wobbly issues. One does have some facial twitching issues.
Hope this helps and message me anytime!