Many people who suffer from brain tumours and other medical problems associated with the brain, are often concerned as to whether or not they will still be able to cope with complex thoughts after brain tumour surgery. To assist you with recovery you must understand what you will be experiencing during and after brain surgery and be determined to fight and win the battle you will be facing. It will also assist you if you are able to be patient and keep your mind busy.
After having a stroke and undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour, not only did I want to be able to think, take action and communicate affectively, I also wanted to be able to learn new skills and how to apply them to my online businesses. Above all, I still wanted to remain entrepreneurial and think of new ideas and ways to develop existing and new business concepts.
After my trauma I was left with the rare condition of Alexia without Agraphia (sometimes called Word Blindness) which meant I could not read, but I could write. I wondered just what I would still be able to do in regards to running my online businesses, as it seemed to me that everything I did depended on being able to read.
I put myself to the test when I decided to do some online training to improve my skills. When you run online businesses you have to keep abreast of all the constant changes that Google makes. If you don’t keep learning about these changes and adjusting your business websites accordingly, your business will suffer.
I was excited when I realised that not only was I able to understand the training, I was able to adjust my websites accordingly; I was even able to put together an easy to follow training session to help others do the same.
It was important for me to ask for help too. Not being able to read meant that I depended on my husband to read to me. There is software available that converts written text to audio and at first I considered using this. However, I found that gradually I was able to slowly read a few words, as long as I read one word at a time and did not try to read a whole sentence as one usually does. Retraining my brain to read was a huge part of my rehabilitation and I thought that using software may slow down the recovery process as I came to rely on it.
I had to have some patience and take it slowly during my recovery. I also had to make sure my brain was kept active and challenged by recalling old skills and learning new ones. It was indeed a blessing to know that I could still function after surviving two serious illnesses at the same time. Having my book launched in Parliament House Melbourne, by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health was an exciting time and a rewarding accomplishment, considering I could not read.
Hints and Tips
Never think of yourself as a disabled person. Concentrate on what you want to do and figure out how to do it. Give yourself time to recover. Be positive, be patient, be flexible and above all, be happy.