Facial Issues With Your Acoustic Neuroma…Face to Face

You may experienced this prior to your surgery, after or beyond. For me it was a noticeable flattening of the crease line on the AN side of my face. That was the tumour stretching the facial nerve. You might also have some tingling in your face. For me it was around my chin. Dry eye and trouble blinking can also start prior to receiving treatment for this tumour. Depending on the size and location of Read More …

Dental Care When You Have an Acoustic Neuroma

One issue that I find that gets overlooked when recovering from an Acoustic Neuroma is Dental Care. I think it might be that your health care practitioners are so concerned about complications from the surgery, your balance and hearing (or lack of) to give it any attention. That’s OK.  It doesn’t really start to be a concern until after you are recovering from those things. You are probably not eating many of the foods that Read More …

Eye Issues…Peering Through The Looking Glass

With Acoustic Neuromas, several cranial nerves may be affected. Other than the Hearing/Balance nerve, the facial nerve can be affected too. The facial nerve runs very close to the Hearing / Balance nerve and even if the tumor isn’t touching the nerve it may get disturbed during treatment. The Facial Nerve Does A lot What we don’t realize is that the facial nerve is responsible for a lot! One of the Facebook groups I belong Read More …

Balance and Acoustic Neuromas…Walking the Tightrope

Balance Issues Can Show Itself in Many Ways Depending on factors like size and location of your Acoustic Neuroma, coupled with your age and general health, your balance will be affected somewhat.  I have been affected slightly (and my AN was 4.3cm at its largest diameter). That is not the case for all. I have seen some survivor’s dead lift several hundred pounds and I have heard stories of others needing a cane or walker Read More …

Listener Fatigue. Yes, It’s “a Thing”.

Listener Fatigue affects many people especially if you have suffered through an illness. I have Single Sided Deafness (SSD) caused by an Acoustic Neuroma… Whatever condition caused your deafness, people may not see a reason for it on the surface. You may look fine but believe it or not, it takes a lot of energy to listen all day. Now try doing it out of one ear. Things that binaural people take for granted, like Read More …

My eBook is Out!!

I feel blessed to share my experiences with my Acoustic Neuroma. I documented my journey over the last 10 years and put it together as one resource to help others navigate the sometimes scary experience with this tumor. If you are starting your journey, know someone who is or you just want to read about someone else’s journey, this eBook is for you… Please venture over to http://www.ihaveanacousticneuroma.com to check the book out or buy Read More …

Just Stop….Breathe!

I received some bad news today. I was interviewed for a new job the other day and I thought it went really well. The company even told me that I was an ideal candidate for the position. So when I looked in my email inbox this morning and found a boiler plate message stating that they passed on me I was floored 🙁 I didn’t understand. It was for a cloud-based company. A part of Read More …

Repetition, Is It Good For Learning?

The expression goes …. “you need that like a hole in the head” referring to not needing what your asking for. For me, it is the complete opposite! If I really do need something….. As you see from the pictures above, I had two surgeries to remove a brain tumour, more specifically an Acoustic Neuroma. In this case, I learned a lot after the first surgery. Unfortunately, I was unable to get the whole tumour Read More …

What a Bad Network Cable and Being Ghosted Taught me

It had been awhile but I had made a network cable many times before. However, in previous positions I had needed to do this less and less so I never thought it would be a skill I would be tested on. I also thought it weird for it to be part of a second interview. My first interview went well and the recruiter was keeping in contact with me about the opportunity in question. I Read More …

Meditating…How it has Helped

On the advice of my wife and doctor, I have begun meditating. I started noticing a few things about me that lead to this. Firstly, there was the physical. My blood pressure was starting to rise. I was always considered “high normal”. I consider myself somewhat of a healthy eater. I do eat a lot of what is considered heart smart food. However, sometimes you are fighting against genetics. High BP does run in my Read More …