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Disabilities caused by an injury or sudden illness such as a stroke, an accident, or complications from surgery can be extremely difficult to endure. For example, pineal tumors are located deep within the brain and can cause a host of serious issues, including visual impairments, memory problems, and seizures. If the tumor grows large enough, it can even be life-threatening.
In many case, radiation can shrink the tumor to relieve the patient’s symptoms. However, when radiation is unsuccessful, or if the tumor is life-threatening, doctors may need to surgically remove the tumor. Although it can save the patient’s life, surgery to remove a pineal tumor does have some risks, though those can be mitigated with innovative procedures.
However, the latest surgical pineal tumor treatment is designed to be minimally invasive, greatly reduce the risk of tissue damage, and vastly improve the patient’s quality of life. For example, Dr. Shahinian of the Skull Base Institute developed the revolutionary and fully endoscopic “keyhole” procedure to treat pineal tumors.
Whether you opt for surgery or not, the following well-being tips still apply:
Give yourself time to process everything:It only takes moments for things to fall apart, but it can take much longer to come to terms with what has happened. Taking the time to process means learning about your new condition, not just the functionality you may have lost, but also the functionality you still have.
Focus on the now: You might feel the need to return to daily life as quickly as possible, focusing more on an uncertain future than the present moment. You might be worried about whether or not you can return to your job, how you are going to pay for your care, or if you will ever be able to enjoy your favorite activities. These are all valid concerns; but it’s important to focus on what is happening now, and to fully absorb what has happened. Focusing on the now can also help you reduce your stress levels, which can improve your recovery prospects.
Focus on your own care: It’s easy to worry about how your situation might affect your family and loved ones, especially if you are a head of the household. However, in the early days of your situation, your primary concern should be you. This is not about being selfish, it’s about taking the time to take care of yourself before you start worrying about everyone else.
Be optimistic: Being upbeat won’t return your physical state, but neither will wallowing in misery. This doesn’t mean that you should ignore your anger, pain, and frustration, or pretend that things are fine when they’re not. What it does mean is that it’s important to find positive things to lift you out of your depression and keep you going.
Seek help: You are not alone. In fact, the American Council of Life Insurers that one-third of Americans between the ages of 35 and 65 will have a disability. Joining a support group of people with similar issues gives you a place to voice your frustrations and concerns.
Support groups and private counselors can also give you the tools you need to cope with your situation, including stress-relief techniques like meditation and deep breathing exercises.
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