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When I mention my experience with the tumor, a question is invariably asked: “What did you feel, how did you find out about the tumor?”

The sporadic headaches, dizziness, disorientation, memory failure, insomnia and others happen to almost everyone. And we are worried about whether they could involve a similar illness.

There are some things that worry us about the subject:

  • “How much time passed between the first symptoms and the diagnosis?”
  • “How much time passed between diagnosis and surgery?”
  • “Side effects of surgery?”
  • “Is it possible for the tumor to grow again?”

I will try to clarify some of them based on my experience and the knowledge acquired through it. And precisely because my academic and technical training is not in medicine or psychology, my experiences and learning allow me to contribute a more practical point of view.

Unlike medical professionals, I am not influenced by the “truths” learned in the university classrooms or limited by the procedures and regulations that physicians must follow. I will not talk much about medical facts and statistics. This information is widely available online. The data is very similar. There is a kind of consensus about the facts, numbers and predictions. I prefer to focus on the opposite side of the equation. In all statistics there are margins of error, and without exceptions there would be no rules. In these areas there is always hope.


Pessimism can take any condition to catastrophic levels, while optimism can challenge all negative predictions. Statistics are generally used by the medical community in a pessimistic way, and as a great business opportunity for the pharmaceutical industry. There are certainly irrefutable facts, but there is a lot of prediction and speculation. In some cases, its validity depends on personal opinions. For big drug companies keeping us scared is a good business.


They say that the survival rate of patients with brain tumors is 35%. For me, as a patient affected by a tumor, this always meant the possibility of living. Not everything was lost! While we are alive, we are not dead.


Here is a small excerpt from chapter # 1 of my book HAPPY in adversity



“Suddenly, it feels like my head is in a tunnel or a metallic box. All sounds have a strange echo. I then know what is coming. It seems like my soul is leaving my body; it starts at my feet and goes up slowly, weakening my arms and legs. At the same time, I have a funny feeling and perceive a particular smell and taste. My chest feels empty.

In a couple of seconds, my soul escapes through my head, warming up the base of the skull and leaving me with a feverish chill. My breathing rate is slightly accelerated; I guess my heart rate is too.

It is a very uncomfortable feeling, but my senses are not affected, and I never lose the ability to walk, drive or talk while it lasts. This has been happening once or twice a day for the last 12 months. In addition to these episodes, several times a day, I feel like I am on the edge of an abyss and about to have another episode, but it is only momentary—awkward and uncomfortable but momentary—and it keeps happening!”



What to do with the symptoms?

The following are possible signs of a brain tumor:


Headaches, balance problems, mood swings, lack of concentration, vomiting and nausea, memory issues, changes in vision, hearing, difficulty speaking, tingling, weakness, muscle stiffness, fatigue, insomnia , anxiety, sadness, apathy, aggressiveness, irritability, seizures, numbness of limbs, involuntary movements and others.

It is important to remember that these things are NOT NECESSARILY indicative of tumors and that NOT everyone affected feels this. They could also be caused by many other benign and transient health conditions. No one knows exactly why tumors are created and no one can predict their growth and behavior.


In general, whenever we feel something unusual, we should consult the doctor as a precaution. To avoid frustration and disappointment we must understand that, in the diagnostic process, practitioners of traditional medicine are forced to follow procedures to rule out possibilities. They cannot skip this protocol and cannot take risks with alternative medicine. Their careers and credibility (and in some cases the lives of their patients) are at stake.

And once the real problem has been found, their ethical obligation is to use the information and tools that are within their reach.


We, then, must insist on trying to discover the causes of our ailments WITHOUT falling into pessimism or speculation. Finding this balance is not easy, but it is possible. And it requires a clear and calm mind.


How can we help doctors and ourselves in the process?

  • Keep a diary of symptoms and their frequency
  • Investigate natural medicine and alternative treatments (not to replace traditional methods that are necessary but to complement them)
  • Follow the instructions, but do not believe everything doctors tell you.
  • Keep calm (meditation, yoga, silence)
  • Lead a healthy life (food, exercise, rest)
  • Start a personal growth project that includes detachment, acceptance and gratitude (reading is an excellent start). The effect of our emotions and thoughts on physiology is incredible.



I did not follow the medical indications completely, but I respected them. And I was fortunate to find the balance between accepting and “challenging” the medical recommendations.

And the result was amazing. None of the predictions was fulfilled. I did not have to learn to walk or talk again. All my processes were faster than they told me. I returned to work only two months after a 10-hour surgery to remove a 4.6 cm tumor. And during follow up appointments with doctors of different disciplines I keep hearing the same thing: You have incredible luck!

Undoubtedly luck counts, but there is something else: the work at the emotional level; the careful redesign of the belief system and perception of reality. Einstein said that you could not solve a problem with the same mentality that created it. That was the key: to completely change the way of perceiving the disease and life in general.