So Mo, we have a tumor…now what?

It actually sounds worse than it is. I was diagnosed with Acoustic Neuroma. Basically is is a tumor that grows on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain. Mine is the size

English: benign tumour: acoustic neuroma (also...

English: benign tumour: acoustic neuroma (also known as schwannoma or neurinoma)right size:20x22x25mm Deutsch: gutartiger Tumor: Akustikusneurinom rechts (auch Vestibularisschwannom oder Kleinhirnbrückenwinkeltumor) der Größe 20x22x25mm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

of a grape. Apparently it is a medium sized one. There is a lot of good news surrounding this, so lets be clear: THIS IS NOT A PITY PARTY!!

First of all, it isn’t cancer. PHEW!

The worst side effect is hearing loss in my left ear. Hearing aids won’t help. I like this because if I am bored I can say “What? I can’t hear you!” and walk away.

The worst case scenario is surgery. The best case scenario is it stops growing and we leave it in.

Why am I writing about this on Me and Mo? For a couple of reasons:

  1. It affects my emotional eating.
  2. I get dizzy and workouts aren’t functional.
  3. It is part of the obstacles I need to deal with for my health and that is what this blog is about.

So where does that leave me?

Yesterday I signed up for the WDW Marathon weekend run events. My kiddo and I are both running the 5k, I am also running the 10k and the half marathon. Today I feel like I won’t make it to the finish line of the 5k never mind run for 3 straight days. Why? I did something stupid yesterday.

I ran on the treadmill. I have a hate/hate relationship with the treadmill. It was really windy and I didn’t feel like struggling during my run. So I went to my dad’s and hopped on his treadmill of boredom. His TV isn’t hooked up and it’s in the basement where you can’t even look out the window. So me and my ipod listened to the Mickey Miles podcast for about 20 minutes…then it happened.

I began to feel nauseous and I couldn’t hold myself upright. Grabbing onto the bars I slowed the machine down so  could walk. It felt like a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl only without the laughing and fun part. Then I sat.

I needed to sit for about 45 minutes before I could I get myself home. Dad was already to drive me home after he ate his dinner – he said he had none to share so too bad so sad for me! My family is so loving and awesome. No special treatment here! I really like that!

I was fine, so I got myself home safe and sound, but WOW was I tired. The kind of tired that goes with a half-marathon tired. I don’t remember closing my eyes for sleep, I just remember waking up this morning. A few more nights of those kinds of sleeps would be fantastic!

Today it was raining! This thrilled me because I am SICK AND TIRED OF WINTER! Rain means the snow melts faster and the air smells fresh. It was cold in the rain but not snow cold – I loved it…except wow I was still tired. It took me forever to finish 6k. But that’s okay – I will call it my recovery run. Tomorrow is only 3k so I am pretty sure I am good for that one. I think I have to dig out my dizzy meds for the next little while which is disappointing, because I thought I was done with those.

Note to self, swimming, bikes and treadmills make you dizzy. So much for my dream of Ironman Kona! HA! My only dream about that was the Kona part. A long lie on the beach in Hawaii sound really good about now, but for now I will dream about my runDisney race instead.

16 thoughts on “So Mo, we have a tumor…now what?

  1. Your post caught my attention because six years ago I had a tumor on my pituitary gland. Had to have surgery, and it was an incredibly ugly and gross surgery…but the very unpleasant symptoms I’d been having cleared up immediately. Best of luck to you – hope yours stops growing and just leaves you in peace!

  2. First off: you are a strong woman. You are going to kick the ever-lovin’ crap out of this thing. Thank GOD it is not the c-note!!!!!! So happy to read that!!!! (I’m superstitious about saying or typing certain words)

    Second: you now have a huge carrot in front of you. The WDW marathon weekend with kick ass, and it will feel like 3 days of victory laps around the happiest place on earth. Just take this one day at a time!!!!!

    You’ve got this!!!!

  3. Glad it’s not Ca. Rob..been pray in’ for you since your mom told me..let’s hope it stops growing now. So proud of you being a marathoner..I’ve never been a runner do lots of walking though..congrats on your success!
    Xo

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  5. So this is pretty recent? I suffer some of the same symptoms you do because I have BPV (benign positional vertigo) which leaves me dizzy at times & feeling really weak at other times because my head doesn’t know where it is in relation to my body.

    • Apparently this tumour has been in there for quite some time. I have had a mild degree of hearing loss since college when I was in my 20s. Last summer I became deaf. That is when I went for a hearing test and all hell broke loose. The Dizzy is new. I am not a fan of it – but meds help a whole lot.

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