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By Stacia Wagner
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

During survivor discussions, the topics of how does a having a brain tumor fit into my life, how has it changed me, and how do I talk about it to others frequently arises. There are no right or wrong answers and no right or wrong approaches. Each situation, every personality and figuring out how to incorporate something which was out of your control into your life is different for every individual and at every life juncture.

The other day, I came across a blog which combined humor, practical tips and reality into lessons learned about a brain tumor. Thank you so much Geraldine for sharing your perspective and lessons learned as you travel down the brain tumor world. We will be following you and supporting you.

Here is an excerpt from an excellent blog that started as a travel blog. It is Just an excerpt and should be read in its entirety:


I was hoping that brain surgerywould teach me a thing or two. That I would wake up from my operation with some sort of hidden knowledge that’s only accessible to those who’ve had their skulls cracked open.

It’s not that I thought I’d wake up speaking French or anything (though I wouldn’t have been against that. I’ve always wanted to learn French). Rather, I imagined I’d groggily rub my eyes and look around with a new appreciation for the world around me. My new perspective would prevent me from getting upset about the small stuff.

I thought that after brain surgery, I could rise above the trivial crap we often find ourselves miring in…….

Here are some of the things I learned from my experience. I tried putting them in some sort of coherent order, but that kind of failed miserably, so instead, I’ve just plopped them all into one big list.

Call it a brain dump, if you will

1. Trying to diagnose yourself over the internet is a terrible idea.The world wide web, once a dear friend, purveyor of porn, and shopping buddy, will turn on you. And, as my friend Chad so brilliantly puts it, you will come away thinking that you have a life expectancy of three or four minutes.




-They do, however, get a kick out of hearing you say, “Just take a little off the top,” when you are about to go in for surgery.

6. Being on the sidelines is scarierthan being in the operating room.

There are 66 more lessons on her blog. I hope you find this as helpful, humorous and genuine as I did. The entire list can be found on The EVERYWHERIST (that’s right she went there) at

  • 5.  In my experience, most neurosurgeons do not get sarcasm. If you openly ask them what are the odds that your tumor is a rogue Lego that you shoved up your nose at the age of 3, they will likely explain to you in detail the high improbability of that.

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