When you are diagnosed with a meningioma or you are told that a loved one has been diagnosed with this medical condition it strikes terror into your heart and there are so many different questions, concerns and fears, it is literally an emotional roller coaster of feelings especially when you don’t know much about the condition.
Nothing conclusive has been found out about this type of brain tumor. The survival rate for those with meningioma is high, but the very idea of knowing the medical condition exists can be devastating. Offering support to someone that has this type of brain tumor can be difficult when you feel in such turmoil yourself but being with them through the various tests and treatments can ease the feeling of them being totally alone and a positive attitude is paramount. Looks of pity, terror and total confusion are not helpful at this time.
Being diagnosed with a brain tumor can feel like the end of the world; however it doesn’t have to be. There are support groups for meningioma sufferers and their loved ones where contact can be made with people who have been through similar circumstances. Relating to others that have trodden the same path can lighten the load and help you to see clearly through the trauma of the situation.
Meningioma symptoms come in all guises and are frequently frustrating for the diagnosed person as they are often suffering problems that are not easily seen by everyone else, such as headaches, blurred vision and memory loss. The person that suffers from this condition often feels tired or drained, and will certainly be feeling a great deal of anxiety. Talking the situation through and reassuring them that you will be there through it all is what is required together with a positive outlook and possibly helping them and working with them to find out as much about the condition as possible.
The effects of the diagnosis and suggested treatments can also leave the person feeling emotionally drained, scared that proposed actions are moving very fast, lost in a situation where they have absolutely no knowledge or understanding of why this has happened. They may experience anger and the ‘why me’ feeling and unless everyone around them remains positive and supportive they can experience a feeling of hopelessness and depression. Being there to listen and offer words of reassurance is so important for the person diagnosed to come to terms with the condition and deal with it.
Hearing the news that a family member has been diagnosed is nearly as traumatic as personally receiving the diagnosis. A state of shock usually prevails which is quickly taken over by fear. There will be numerous questions and uppermost in everyone’s mind will be outcome and survival rates. It is really important at this time to collect together as much factual information as you can before bombarding the meningioma sufferer with questions that may scare or depress them. Armed with good positive facts can help contain panic and will assist in reassuring the sufferer that survival rate are high.
Of course, there are books and other medical guides and articles that can help people understand and be able to emotionally cope with the medical condition too. The more a person knows about their condition, the less fear they will ultimately have about it.
Asking questions of someone who has already been down the same path of dealing with a meningioma brain tumour will help deal with anxieties about your own or a loved one’s condition.