Springfield was diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma in March, 2000. He
was fortunate to have been diagnosed fairly early once he started having
symptoms in his left ear. His primary physician, after listening to Harry
describe his loss of hearing, immediately suggested an MRI to rule out
a tumor. However, as Harry was surprised to learn, the problem was a tumor
an acoustic neuroma, approximately 2.5 cm in diameter.
I heard of Harry through mutual friends. Ironically, he's a neighbor
of mine. I didn't know him prior to his diagnosis, but we became acquainted
and learned that we had a lot in common. Harry approached me about acoustic
neuroma a little over a year after my own surgery. He wanted to find as
much information as possible and had already started his research on Acoustic
Neuromas. I told Harry about the web site for the Acoustic Neuroma Association.
After many appointments with different ENT specialists, Harry felt most
comfortable with the ENT specialist and Neurosurgeon team at Johns Hopkins
University Hospital. Harry was interested in finding a surgeon who had
done many surgeries of this type. He was very impressed when the neurosurgeon
at Johns Hopkins spent over 3 hours of his tine addressing his many questions
and concerns. After this meeting, Harry felt confident in his choice.
The surgery was scheduled for October 3rd, 2000. Harry, with his support
team (friends and family), went to Johns Hopkins and rented a townhouse
close by the hospital. It was much easier on both Harry and his family
to be nearby to travel to and from the hospital.
From the surgeon's point of view, everything went extremely well on the
day of the surgery. Harry did lose his hearing in his left car, but the
hearing nerve remained intact so there is still the possibility that in
the future Harry's hearing can return. He has a small scar about three
and a half inches long and a titanium plate in his head. He began healing
on schedule and everything was looking great.
Although initially Harry looked and felt great (except for fatigue and
loss of hearing), he did have some problems once he was back at home.
For one thing, he had facial and eve pals), on die left side, although
luckily, this went away almost as fast as it came. More seriously, he
was starting to fall asleep at traffic lights and he developed problems
with his sleep pattern, He immediately contacted doctors at the Jefferson
University Hospital, where he is now being treated for sleep apnea.
In spite of these side effects, Harry feels very fortunate about where
he is today, and sometimes jokes that he should be the "poster boy
for acoustic neuromas!" He is now back at work full time as a Safety
and Health Specialist with die USDA and is taking college courses on line,
and except for the scar and hearing loss, there are no signs of long lasting
side effects from the surgery. Harry was very lucky. and I'm telling his
story so that all patients with this type of tumor who have heard horrific
stories about microsurgery may find hope and faith in his success.
We know that size, positioning and type of tumor play a major role in
the outcome of each individual whose life this touches. Since every situation
is unique, once we are satisfied with the knowledge and information we
gather on acoustic neuromas, we must go with our heart in our decision
making and never regret what path we decide to take in our approach to
rid us of this type of brain tumor.
Harry is thankful for the support of all his family and friends. He is
now a lifetime member of the Acoustic Neuroma Association and is very
grateful for the entire support and information he gathered through them.
Harry can be contacted for any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.