As I mentioned in a previous post, my particular brain tumour is located in what is called the “right temporal lobe” of the brain. According to doctors at the hospital in Germany, my tumour is perfectly operable, and in fact should be operated on as quickly as possible. However, they were not exactly clear on what was at stake in this little endeavour.

According to Dr Virginia Vance-Stark in the book “100 Questions & Answers about Brain Tumours, Second Edition), the Temporal lobe is the “area in the cerebral hemispheres that contain both the auditory and visual pathways, and the interpretation of sounds and spoken language for long-term memory”. Dr Vance-Stark goes on to say that: “the Temporal lobe also contains the limbic system, which is involved in learning and the emotional content of memories.” Elsewhere in the book, Dr Vance-Stark also makes reference to the fact that the dominant side of the brain is opposite to the dominant side of the body, so, for example, a left-handed person would have a brain dominant on the right side.

Granted, I am self diagnosing here, as the German Medical System is ruinously expensive and requires the equivalent of several forests in paperwork to get even the simplest thing done, and it will be another 8 or so full days before I am able to return to Australia, and even longer before I am able to see a specialist; however, it appears that through surgery I run the risk of damage to my eyesight and hearing, ability to learn, and possibly even damage to my already shocking memory. Though, I am right-side dominant, and the tumour is located on the right side of my brain, the effect may be minimised. This is backed up by some offhand remarks made by the doctors in the German hospital, who alluded to visual impairment as a side effect of my surgery.

Boy can I not wait to find out whether my tumour is benign or malignant… Then the fun truly begins…