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Feb 4, 2019
Those who know Suzanne well, know she is a strong independent woman, willing and able to take on many challenges both mental and physical. Her goal-oriented nature and inner confidence has guided her in many challenges. Today, more than ever she will pull from within to manage her next big challenge.
Suzanne has been diagnosed with an Acoustic Neuroma Brain Tumor, also known as a Vestibular Schwannoma. A little history: Back in 2016 Suzanne noticed some hearing loss on her right side. She had a hearing test in which slight hearing loss was determined, but not of any great concern. In September of 2017, Suzanne had a spell of Bells Palsy, experiencing facial numbness. It was treated and went away in about 6 weeks. Now fast forward to July 2018. Suzanne felt her hearing had really declined. She decided to have another hearing test. This test determined over 65% hearing loss on the one side. This was very concerning. She was referred to Dr. Goltry, an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) doctor. Not liking what he heard, he ordered an MRI. The MRI results came quickly confirming a tumor. This rare type of tumor is most likely benign, but because of its precarious location it is a big problem. This tumor is slow growing, Suzanne's tumor is 1.5 centimeters and will continue to grow if left alone. Luckily common side effects such as headaches, dizziness, vertigo, vision impairment and facial paralysis have not occurred. Only the hearing loss.
Three options are available. Wait and watch, radiation, or surgery
In the past 3 months Suzanne has researched and visited with several medical specialists, including, neurosurgeons, neuro-otologists, radiation oncologists, therapists, acupuncturists, osteopaths, counselors, coaches, and out of state tumor medical centers. You name it, she did it. She has soul searched and listened to her intuition and reached out to all who shared advice. She has decided to have surgery. Surgery is scheduled for October 30th, 2018, at St. Luke's Downtown. Her team of surgeons consist of Dr. Edward Duckworth and Dr. James Crawford. She is 100% confident with this decision and has already prepared for the positive outcome and solid path to complete recovery. Her recovery will be hard. Although her hearing will be eliminated in her right ear, her balance and facial nerve will be the biggest obstacles. Suzanne proactively has met with many of the therapists who will assist Suzanne in her recovery. Suzanne knows this and is mentally preparing for a tough road ahead.
This is where you all come in. A strong support team is crucial in her recovery. As you know I have always believed in the village. The village holds us up in times of adversity, comforts us in times of healing, and celebrates the good that comes out of love and supporting one another. We are asking for your positive vibes and healing energy to make this happen. With your help, in time, Suzanne will return to her fun active life playing hockey, snowboarding and enjoying life to its fullest. The recovery period is anticipated to be 5 months to a year.
We will keep everyone updated through this site and look forward to sharing Suzanne's progress. As needs arise, We will reach out for your support. We do ask that you do not drop in until Suzanne can have visitors. We will let you know when that time is. Her health (and ours) is vital to her recovery. Thank you in advance for you love and support. Love, Gregg & Luanne Ostrow