I’m Jennifer Beard Turbeville and I had a Transpetrosal Craniotomy. My Epidermoid Brain tumor formed when I was an embryo. This type of tumor is noncancerous and slow growing. I had chronic headaches as an adult, but didn1t know it as a tumor until I was 35. I sought out help for my headaches and had a basal brain craniotomy
in 2007. Not all of the tumor could be removed safely at that time.
Over 9 years, it grew again, and began causing more
problems. The doctors at Vanderbilt agreed that a
Transpetrosal Craniotomy is what I needed. They informed me that it was a 10/10 type of surgery with a list of risks. I was in surgery 14 hours and had to go to rehab afterwards. I had to relearn to walk, talk in complete, unbroken sentences, swallow food, and reue my left arm and hand. There were other problems Ii ce doub e vision, loss of hea,ring, balance issues, and brain
swelling. I had a lot to overcome, but the doctors were
confident that I would make a full recovery in time.
Praise and thanks go to God for guiding the doctors’ hands during surgery and continue to heal me after surgery!
I had a very good start to my recovery at Stallworth Rehabilitation Center, and five weeks later I had continued help from Therapy Achievement. I am walking, eating and enjoying many activities outside therapy. I still have work to do after four months, but I am definitely on my way to a full recovery!