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3 cm x 2 cm x 2 cm

Monday, June 12, 2017

That's the size of the tumor squatting in my skull, not even paying rent for that prime real estate.

On the good side, it's not cancer. Rather, a benign pituitary outgrowth.

On the other side, brain tumor!

If you're curious, or otherwise bored, this page on UCLA's website presents the basic info pretty well.

pituitary.ucla.edu/pitui
tary-adenomas


As it mentions, if the tumor is big enough, it can affect the optic chiasm, where the optic nerves cross, causing vision issues. That's what is going on in my case, it's like I'm looking through a shadow on my left eye, which equates to needing to get it scraped out of my skull sooner rather than later.

It's also a possible reason why I've been suffering some nasty headaches these past two years. Unfortunately, the surgeon dude suggested those were more migrainous in nature, and couldn't guarantee that removal would put an end to those beastly headaches. I'm hoping, anyway.

Sadly, the pituitary,though it's referred to as the Master Gland, isn't really involved in weight loss/gain. As the endocrinologist quipped, that's controlled more by the salivary glands.

So no magic bullet there. Guess I'll just have to get back at it, after a brief respite where I'm
not allowed to lift more than 5 pounds or do anything but walk.
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  • ADARKARA
    how scary even though it's benign! sending positive thoughts your way!
    520 days ago
  • MYOWNHERO
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery
    520 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Hugs and prayers. And prayers for the health care providers who help you thgoughout this.

    So sorry.
    521 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    I am so sorry! I hope and pray that it is removed safely and for a quick speedy recovery. emoticon
    521 days ago
  • no profile photo L_DROUIN
    I said a prayer for you and asked God to help it be a successful operation that would take care of the headaches. I also thanked God that it was not cancer. God is good.
    521 days ago
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