Megan Richardson

First post: Oct 4, 2016 Latest post: Dec 1, 2016
After noticing some issues related to hearing and succumbing to the nagging from her wife and sisters, Megan went to get her hearing checked.  Initial testing showed that yes, in fact, there was significant hearing loss in her left ear.  Upon further examination, specifically through the use of an MRI, it was revealed that Megan had an a Acoustic Neuroma, more fancily called a Vestibular Schwannoma.  Try saying that one five times!  Vestibular Schwannoma, Vestibular Schwannoma, Vestibular Schwannoma, Vestibular Schwannoma, Vestibular Schwannoma.  Where do they come up with these names?  In basic terms, Megan has a brain tumor.  WTF?!?!  The tumor, which originated in her ear canal, is now pressing into her brain. 

Megan was presented with three treatment options: surgery, radiation, or just be a patient observer.  Megan thought through each option.  Patient observer?  There was not a chance in hell that she wanted to sit there and watch a tumor grow or not grow in her head.  Radiation?  While this would possibly prevent surgery, Megan did not want to, if not necessary, put chemicals in her body.  Brain surgery?  Through research and multiple discussions with her team of doctors, Megan decided that this was the best option to get that little sucker, measuring in at 10 cm, out of her beautiful noggin.  While the tumor is most likely benign and she is hopeful for a speedy recovery so that she can return to her normal life, this is a very scary and emotional experience for her. 

Her surgery will be lead by Dr. Lim, Neurosurgeon, Dr. Weinrich, Otolaryngologist, and their respective teams of doctors.  The surgery will take place at Johns Hopkins on October 4th.  She will be surrounded by immediate family. 

We know that many people would like to offer support.  Megan has asked that you keep her in your thoughts, send her positive vibes, and visit the 'How You Can Help' page for updates.  Please no flowers ... hospital has restrictions during her recovery.  You can post a message here on this site, or you can send a card to her home address 5102 Maple Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21207.   We will be using this site to keep family and friends updated in one place.

Thank you for your love and support!
Megan's Family

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