Hi, my name is Kelli and I have been reading the discussions here and I am so grateful to you all for your sharing. I have learned so much from this site. I was diagnosed in Jan. 2007 with 3cm AN on left side. I have been in school the past few years and have had serious headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ear and double vision. I would close one eye to read because the double vision was so bad. I really thought it was all stress and school related. I finally went to the doctor and he agreed with me that stress can cause these symptoms. I went back to him and insisted that I'm having strange leftsided headaches and my left ear won't stop whistling, ever. I finally got to go to the ENT and she ordered the MRI which came back with a 3cm tumor. I was in shock for quite awhile and started all of the alternative holistic treatments available. I read all of the natural cure books and set about trying to heal myself. I fasted, prayed, visualized, tried Chinese medicine, vitamins, vegan diet, oil pulling, drinking gallons of water a day, yoga, acupunture, about 20 different herbs, saw faith healers, energy workers, even flew to Canada to see a famous healer. I really believed in natural healing. However, as of my recent MRI, a couple of weeks ago, I found out the tumor is still there at 3cm. I have Kaiser and went to see Dr. Nutik in Redwood City. I really feel safe with him as a surgeon, I'm just so confused! I have cancelled 3 surgeries with him because of extreme fear. Kaiser in L.A. has said they could probably treat me with Novalis, daily over a 6 week period. I'm wondering if anyone has had the Novalis treatment and how it feels. I am right at the cutoff at 3cm, so I still have the choice of radiosurgery. I feel like getting this out sometimes, then I think radiosurgery is better. I've never been so confused in all of my life about anything! I still want to have children some day and wonder if the radiation will hurt my body. I'm already 39, so I don't have very much time to spare. I also still have good hearing on my left side. I welcome any ideas or suggestions for treatment.
Thank you all so much.