Since I am not doing any cooking today, it's Nathan's uncles birthday which means grillin', and that is Nathan's area of expertise. I thought it would be a good time to blog more about me and my story :)
My whole life I have been active. In elementary school I was on every sports team including wrestling (which I got 2 golds and a silver in my career woot woot). In high school I played fewer sports, but only because I started doing more extra curricular activities that surrounded the arts, which included early mornings and lots of travel. I also was involved in our daily televised announcements. I was the Friday anchor (the best one too lol jk), and I started working as soon as I was fifteen. After school I attended college for business marketing, but alas, did not complete the full program as it was not what I wanted (should have gone for PR), but I worked and traveled a lot with family and friends, and played on the odd adult sports teams (ie; volleyball). When I wasn't working a sedentary job, I worked in jobs that required some physical labor. I did whatever it took to keep me afloat since I had been living on my own since I was 17.
In 2007 I started working at a retirement home, first at the front desk as a concierge, and then as a guest attendant. Being a guest attendant was more physically demanding since we were required to do daily house keeping, medication dispensing, dining room service, and we were also the first responders in case of an emergency or accident (where we would sometimes have to pick up an adult and sometimes by yourself). I worked there for 2 years and loved every minute I spent with the seniors, even when cleaning their rooms lol it gave us one on one time to chat with them and they enjoyed that. I even started volunteering on my weekends off to play pool with them for a few hours :)
- Headaches aggravated by Valsalva maneuvers, such as yawning, laughing, crying, coughing, sneezing or straining
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Nystagmus (irregular eye movements)
- Facial pain
- Muscle weakness
- Impaired gag reflex
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Impaired coordination
- Increased intracranial pressure
- pupillary dilatation
- Dysautonomia: tachycardia (rapid heart), syncope (fainting), polydipsia (extreme thirst), chronic fatigue 
- The blockage of Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF) flow may also cause a syrinx to form, eventually leading to syringomyelia. Central cord symptoms such as hand weakness, dissociated sensory loss, and, in severe cases, paralysis may occur. (courtesy of Wikipedia)
Unfortunately I have a lot of the symptoms, and they got very bad between April and August 2011, until I finally found a doctor who would help me (I had no family doctor at the time). I was pulled off of work because I wasn't sleeping, I was getting sick at work, and the pain was unbearable. Now my cerebellum was only 5mm past normal, so I was considered in the "grey" area. 10mm and I would have been in surgery immediately. I am fortunate enough to have type 1 which is not deadly, but it makes your quality of life pretty much non exsistant.
Well here we are, 2 years since this whole process started, and just this past Monday they gave me the go ahead for surgery. :) Of course Nathan came to this appointment with me for moral support. Up until that appointment I was doing it all myself, and I'm so glad he did! It was great news to finally see an end in sight and I cried like a little baby, but they were happy tears. Within the next six months, I will be having brain decompression surgery. My doctor reassured me it's the simplest out of the brain surgeries (but it's still brain surgery). This time next year I should be fully recovered, and able to cook and bake like I used to!! That is one of the things I miss the most. Right now it's very painful to be standing, or to use my arms for anything (I take LOTS of breaks while blogging :(), and I miss feeling like a normal 28y/o contributing to society. But I am taking great comfort in knowing this won't be going on for much longer!!!
So I guess you're all wondering how does that make my brain giant? Well in order for me to not be so scared about it and to help me laugh, was to say my giant brain cannot fit into my tiny skull ;)