If you want to learn about Herbert and how I found him, I detail his discovery in my first post https://livingwithherbert.com/2012/09/29/finding-out-youve-been-living-with-herbert-all-along/
If you are in a similar boat then here are the details. Herbert is the ridiculous name attributed to my acoustic neuroma. He is approximately 3 cm and just leaning on my brainstem. All accounts point to Herbert being benign. Though I am lucky with my diagnoses, Herbert is causing me to evict him via brain surgery in December. Here I chronicle my story of Herbert, but also of me. I am the one living with him. I’m Samira. I’m 26, a PhD student studying women, violence and the media, hoping I can help find solutions to violence against women all around the world using new media tools and storytelling. Never underestimate the power of a good story. I am optimistic and happy to meet you!
I welcome you to share your story too. I learned a lot about this process from stories shared by other AN folks, I hope I can do the same for you!
UPDATE: That was me three year ago, a lot has changed, my PhD has shifted to trying to understand how new media can help any victim of trauma. I’ve changed. My haircut has changed (a lot). Most of Herbert has been removed leaving scraps and scars. That was three years and five craniotomies ago, if you’ve been on this journey with me, thank you for walking along side me. If you’re just joining me, let’s walk together, let’s learn together, let’s become better, together.