Welcome to our version of "Club Med"! This is a great place for information, inspiration, and fellowship among the chosen few who are on this little journey together. Why us? We haven't a clue and believe me, we've all tried to figure that one out. You are lucky, believe it or not, to have discovered your AN at such a small size. Mine was 2 cm when mine started talking to me. The first weeks are terrible and we've all had to deal with all the "stages of grief" that you go through when diagnosed with a problem that you will probably feel the effects of, one way or another, for the rest of your life. But, like the others have said, this too shall pass and once your course of action has begun in dealing with that little bugger, the better you will feel and the panic will subside. You will get lots of advice here. Learning about Acoustic Neuroma's is the first step and then learning about treatment plans is the second step. We encourage you to remember that you are the one in control of your medical treatment and if you don't quite like what your doctors are saying, then see somebody else. Find the medical team that will answer your questions and can prove to you that they have experience in dealing with AN's. Some people on this forum were able to travel far and wide to find the team that they were comfortable with. I chose to stay in my home area and since my doctor right away suggested I was a good candidate for Gamma Knife, then that was okay with me! Since mine was already a medium sized tumor, I wanted to get some kind of treatment started as soon as possible. You have much more time to figure things out, and your doctors might advise a "watch and wait" approach for you, anyway. But AN's can be strange little guys...a small one may cause lots of problems, depending on where it decided to grow. Some people on here didn't discover their AN's until they were practically life threatening. Anyway, we are glad you found this site and we welcome you and any questions you might have. I wish you the very best in your research and eventual recovery from your "invader".
Sue in Vancouver, USA