Six Weeks Post Op


Tomorrow marks six weeks since surgery!  No matter how fast (or slow) the days go by, one thing is always consistent: God always provides.

Each day I grow stronger and the pain/brain swelling become less! I feel better than I have in a year! For the past 12 months, I battled symptoms inconsistently all the while being told it was a staph infection in my sinuses.  Even as the symptoms grew to be debilitating, I’m so thankful that my ENT doctor finally pursued an MRI and found the cystic tumor. It was truly the answer to my prayer to finally find the reason for my pain.

This week I have seen more improvement. Praise God! 6-12 weeks is when most patients begin to feel the true relief from surgery, Dr. Shahinian reassured me.

My goal is to move back to Tuscaloosa on Sunday. I cannot contain my excitement!! I am not pushing things, but I have to set realistic goals. My days have been consumed with school and physical therapy but I am perfectly happy with that. (Nobody tells you how much harder online classes are). The work load is overwhelming but I’m so thankful that I feel well enough to tackle it all.  My school workload requires my full attention 8 hours a day/6 days a week. It can be trying looking at the computer for such a length of time (the visual disturbances are still present), but I am determined to stay on top of my assignments.


I have been so humbled by the amount of people that have been brought to my blog. We have reached 32 countries and I have received emails and comments from many patients looking for direction and answers.

Remember, if you are experiencing chronic pain and symptoms never give up and pursue answers.

I recently had an interview with our local paper, The North Jefferson News and here’s the link:







2 responses »

  1. Hello Anna

    I am so proud of you for working so hard and maintaining such a busy schedule. I know it is so difficult to keep the brain on task when it is in the recovery mode. As you fatigue the brain gets sluggish making it harder to concentrate and complete those mundane tasks. I did not realize it at the time but I was going through nursing school with full blown brain disease. I knew that I was having problems with memory, more so than ever before. It seemed that I had to study ten times more to grasp the simplest of task. It was only after I completed the studies that I discovered just how severe my brain disease had become and then the doctors were “amazed” that I had completed the program at all. It is amazing where determination will take you in life.

    The only reason for my note today was for continued encouragement and to express my pride and amazement at your success. You are a shining example in the darkness of a brain patient’s painful existence. Thank you for being a role model and sharing your experience to help others. God Bless.

    Gidget Owens

  2. Hi Anna! I’m glad to hear you are feeling so much better! l still have pain on my incision, and we’re watching it closely for infection. It’s much hotter and more humid here in Saskatchewan than ever before, so I’m still using an ice pak. The swelling is still there. I’m able to walk much farther than pre- surgery, and I can see so much better. So, I guess you’re right, 6-12 weeks is the turning point. I’m glad you’ve reached so many people. Perhaps you could let them know about our Pineal Cyst Research page on facebook. If they go there, they can ask Lana Nelson to add them to our private Pineal Cyst page where many of their questions will be answered, and they’ll find wonderful support. Thanks. I wish you continued good health. Have fun at school! 🙂

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