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#75 Facial Issues

Readers: Do you have a suggestion for a topic? Do you want more information on a topic I have already covered? I’m looking for ideas. Before my cyberknife radiation, I had one facial symptom. From time to time I felt like an ant was walking across my right cheekbone. I would swipe my cheek, again […]

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#74 Phantom Sounds

At about 6 am one morning I woke up hearing the muffled sounds of a radio broadcast. Well, not really hearing. I heard noise that sounded like a radio but couldn’t distinguish the words. It was loud enough to wake me up. “Turn your radio off.  Please.” My husband woke up and replied, “What? My […]

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#73 Walk Without Falling

Hello Readers. It has been too long since I last wrote a blog. I had surgery – a hip replacement – and it put the brakes on my writing. The surgery took away the pain. That was actually the easy part. The tough part has been the physical therapy. Therapy can be tough work. It’s […]

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#72 AN Awareness Week

Did you know this is AN Awareness Week? What does that mean? Here’s an explanation of the week’s presentations. I found this on Facebook because I’m a member of the AN Facebook group. I hope you are, too. It is filled with patient stories and lots of answers to questions.   https://www.anausa.org/anawareness/anawareness-week This is a […]

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# 71 Hearing Loss

Before I talk about Hearing Loss, I want to encourage you to visit a support group meeting. Many of these meetings are via Zoom. You do not have to be a member of the support group to attend their meeting. I have never attended a support group meeting that was a waste of time. This […]

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#70 Understanding Changes

I recently attended my AN support group meeting and learned about a new booklet available from the Acoustic Neuroma Association in both electronic or print versions. Understanding Emotional, Cognitive and Behavioral Changes  Published: July 08, 2021 The ANA is pleased to offer a new educational booklet as a resource to the AN community to help […]

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#69 Is It Growing?

It doesn’t matter where we are on this AN journey – pre or post-surgery, radiation, or watch and wait – this question can raise its ugly head. For me, it usually happens with a symptom that might or might not have anything to do with the neuroma. No matter when the question happens, it’s scary. […]

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#68 AN Facebook Group

In blog # 62 (link) I briefly mentioned the AN Facebook Group. It’s a super place to ask questions and get help. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the answers can be confusing because they frequently are contradictory. What this means is what works best for one person may not be good […]

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#67 Turn Off Anxiety

In the last blog, I talked about ways to de-stress.  This blog might seem like the same thing, and it’s similar with a few differences. Stress can produce anxiety. I want to talk about specific ways to turn off anxiety. When we turn off the anxious thoughts, the stress will go down. Chronic stress can […]

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#66 Decisions & Stress Busters

Many of you reading this blog wear hearing aids. Be careful if you also wear a mask. I know someone who lost a hearing aid and he knows it probably happened when he took off his mask. Be very careful!!!  Take your time and double check you didn’t lose your aids or one aid when […]

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