Brain tumors at fourteen
My first surgery was at nine months old. I've had birth marks that could grow, get darker and become cancerous.
When I hit my teenage years, I began experiencing these insane headaches. From what I gather, it was worse than a migraine. These headaches just wouldn't go away. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A tumor that was inside my head causing me to lose 80% of hearing on my right side.
This led to another series of surgeries. By fourteen years old, we were able to stabilize the tumor with check ups every six months. My social life, on the other hand, was completely opposite from stable. In school, I was the outcast. I kept getting teased and wanted to hide the outward appearances of my disease. The teenage years are normally a time of growth, but I just wanted to look inward and bottle it all up inside of me. The fear, the emotions, everything.
By age seventeen, I just stopped caring and I got a lot better. I channeled all things that stressed me out into creative outlets. It manifested itself into art and music. I realized that nothing was worth stressing over. Since those harrowing days of my youth, the tumor has become benign. I've had more than 24 surgeries in my lifetime, but the tumor seemed to go away when I stopped caring about what others thought of me and I started caring for myself.