BENEFITING: Acoustic Neuroma Association
On November 19th, 2014 I was diagnosed with a rare, benign brain tumor called an "acoustic neuroma". That night I went online and found the Acoustic Neuroma Association's website, which proved to be an invaluable resource for me. There was a treasure trove of information that enabled me to find answers to questions I had not even thought of yet. I was empowered to seek out an experienced surgical team to remove my tumor because of the information I read on the ANA website. On March 3rd, 2015, I underwent surgery to remove my tumor in Los Angeles, California. My case was successful in that the whole tumor was removed and the only undesirable outcome was the loss of my hearing in my right ear. Many people who are treated for these tumors not only lose hearing in their affected side but also end up with other complications such as facial paralysis. The ANA not only provides much needed information for those who are newly diagnosed, but they also provide support to those that have received treatment. It has been four months since my surgery and I am now at a point where I can start jogging again. My hope now that I am tumor free is to train for and complete the Mill Race Half-marathon on September 26th, 2015 both as a milestone for my recovery and as a way to raise awareness and funds for others who are diagnosed with these rare tumors. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I ask that you please share this fundraiser on your social media accounts!