Life After Brain Surgery: Helping Others

As I mentioned in my last post, sometimes we go through things we don’t understand so that we can help someone else with their struggles.

Since I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia (and later glossopharyngeal neuralgia), I found several support groups on Facebook. It was incredibly helpful for me to interact with others who were going through the same things as me. It was also helpful to join a support group specifically for people who have had or were planning to have the MVD surgery.

Now, since I’ve had my MVD surgery, I’m able to answer questions to help others. I have been in contact with people via Facebook with questions or their fears as they face their upcoming MVD. It is incredibly helpful to communicate with someone that truly understands the fear and anxiety leading up to such a major operation.

Sometimes I feel guilty when I see others still in such pain, especially those with no surgical options. These diseases cause the most horrifying pain one can imagine. I was lucky enough to find relief through surgery. Even though I had complications, I have still found such relief from the severe pain that plagued me daily.

In the beginning, I felt so alone. Through support groups, people have helped me and I’ve been granted the ability to help others. So when I think about why this all happened to me, I remember that I have the empathetic soul needed to help others. I also use my social media, including this blog, to raise awareness. I’m thankful for those that have helped me and those that have been grateful for my help.

If ever you face something that makes you ask “why me?” I want you to think about how you can use your experience to ease a burden for someone that may deal with that same issue in the future. Think of the impact you can have on others through your story. I know sometimes the hands we are dealt don’t seem fair. I feel like that often. But when I get a thank you message from someone I helped, it makes it all worth it.


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