Jennifer Hope

First post: May 29, 2019 Latest post: Jul 12, 2021
In 2012 I had an MRI at Mayo Clinic in Arizona to diagnose some dizziness I was experiencing. They discovered, incidentally, that I have a pituitary adenoma, enlargement of the pituitary gland (often called pituitary tumor, though it is benign).  At that time it was 14 mm (normal gland is about 9 mm), and they said it "abuts the optic chiasm" (the Y-shaped junction where the left and right optic nerves join).  It's been monitored regularly since then and keeps growing gradually.  As of May 9, 2019, it was 18 mm and now "displaces the optic chiasm."  They don't want it to grow any more, as it could cause irreversible blindness and eventually seizures.  So I will soon be having surgery to remove it (the gland, that is; the normal and abnormal cells are inseparable, all one mass).  Many unanswered questions at this point, including where the surgery will be done.  I've been working with the doctors in Arizona all along, but if the surgery could be done in Minnesota, I'd have the support of family nearby.  I'm told I'll be seriously incapacitated for 2-3 weeks and on limited activity (no heavy lifting, no stooping, no bending) for up to 3 months.  I've told them I'd like to get it done as soon as it can be scheduled.  Updates to come when I know anything specific.  Thank you for your interest, concern, and prayers.