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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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#65 Control and Choices -

Before I start talking about control and choices, I want to give you a link to upcoming support group meetings. (link) Many are virtual. How much control do I have in my life? Where and when do I have control? Where and when do I not have control? We can’t control a lot of what […]

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#64 Surgeon Questions -

I was recently going through some of my Acoustic Neuroma notes and came upon these questions to ask your potential surgeon. On the www.ANAUSA.org  site, you will find most of these questions. First, click on the category “learn,” next “questions to ask, then “questions to ask your doctor,” and finally “questions to ask the surgeon.” […]

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#63 Virtual Education Event -

Acoustic Neuroma readers – I wanted to be sure you were all aware of the ANA/UTSW Virtual Patient Education Event. This event is Saturday, November 7 from 8 am to 5 pm Central time. Remember when I told you about the National Symposium events? The one-day Patient Education Events have taken their place. If you […]

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