But hey, at least her brain tumor situation is sorted out -- for now. Another tumor could pop back up at any time like a horrifying game of whack-a-mole, but the price of a regular checkup is steep. "I'm supposed to get MRIs every six months, but they cost thousands of dollars," Emily says. Instead, post-op brain surgery patients play a different yet no less delightful game called Tumor or No Tumor. "Anytime I get a migraine," she says, "it's a real fear that [the tumor has] come back."
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And now all of you with headaches are just as scared.
Luckily for Christie, six months after the surgery she experienced a 50 percent improvement on the severity of her symptoms. "Sure, that might not sound like much ... but in more real-world terms, I can function. I'm not getting stranded places with my powerchair because I can't see. I don't even need a wheelchair anymore. I can drive now, and I have a job for the first time in my life, and I'm looking at transferring to another college and going back to school. And my service dog doesn't have to guide me anymore."
... Or You Might End Up With Superpowers
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As a result of his brain surgery, Kevin now has a pair of shiny bolts in his head, which he considers to be one of the high points of his experience. In addition to making him look super badass, the bolts allow him to predict the weather, much in the same way someone with arthritis can. It's not entirely fun, because according to Kevin it involves a "centralized migraine whenever there's a change in barometric pressure." Basically, his brain shrieks at him whenever a storm is on its way. It's not the first superpower you might pick, but it's a pretty neat trick if the weather app on your smartphone quits working.
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We don't know his brain waves can cause storms, but we're assuming so.
However, because of this pressure sensitivity, one thing Kevin can never, ever do is go skydiving. Why, you ask? Because the sudden change in pressure might cause the bolt in his head to explode.
Because mindflesh is a strange and mysterious thing, Kevin also discovered that having a tumor in the specific location of the brain where his was located can mess with your physical development. In Kevin's case, it meant he had a full beard at 15 years old. One of the doctors told him that he "made him feel like Doogie Howser, because I already had a beard and he was struggling to grow one." Basically, his brain tumor turned Kevin into a human weather vane as portrayed by Ron Swanson. All things considered, it could've been worse.
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