When you appreciate your health…

About 6 years ago, my doctor had found a cyst in my brain. It was discovered by an accident. This cyst was considerably large and everything I was doing in my life went to pause. At that time, its dimension was about 9 x 3 x 3 cm that was sitting on my right brain. My brain wasn’t aligned at the central line and slightly pressured.

How did we discover it? It was by accident. I sprang my back and collapsed on the ground. I didn’t loose consciousness so I was able to pick myself up. At the time, my sister-in-law was with me and she freaked out more than I did. Obviously, she refused me to drive her home, as she was yet to have license to drive, so we waited for my brother to rescue us. I believe everything started from this incident.

Following day, I went to see my doctor and I explained this was the first time I collapsed on the ground but I feel dizziness every now and then. He suggested to have a CT scan of my head. This is how we found a cyst in my head. He then suggested me to seek for a specialist advise immediately so we did try to find a doctor.

We managed to find a neurosurgeon in few weeks time, and he said it is quite normal and probably I have grown up with this cyst. My parents, especially my mum, was very concerned so we actually asked for another appointment with another neurosurgeon. However, this appointment was about half year away. So, for six months in my life, everything went to pause, from driving to studying to need to be with someone all the time.

After consulting with another neurosurgeon, I was able to move back to my normal life. Happily driving and studying. The second neurosurgeon actually followed me up for about a year with repeated MRI and he was happy that everything was stabilised. My cyst only contained fluid without any other components such as blood. I was actually concerned about my migraine so he explained because of the size, this might be the cause.

Health is not simply the absence of illness.

Real health is the will to overcome every form of adversity and use even the worst of circumstances as a springboard for new growth and development.

Simply put, the essence of health is the constant renewal and rejuvenation of life.

Daisaku Ikeda

Recently, my mum asked me to follow-up with this cyst, just in case. I have explained that I have a relatively large cyst in my head and I want to follow-up. My current doctor asked me to take MRI and then she called me to see her as soon as possible. She was surprised that I have a large cyst and asked me to consult with neurosurgeon which I did. My life didn’t go into pause mode this time but it was enough to disturb me over the weekend.

I’ve consulted with a neurosurgeon today and he explained:
“We occasionally see cases like yours and we are very delighted to let you know that there’s nothing wrong with your brain and there’s no need to follow-up about this case as well. Given six years since your last consultation, as you are aware, you probably grown up with it and you don’t need to consider any operation for this. You don’t have to change your lifestyle nor cautious about anything symptoms in your life, unless you have traumatic brain injury on the side of your head. However, that is very very unlikely to happen in your life.”

Illness is not something to feel ashamed of.

It is not a sign of misfortune or defeat.

Suffering is the fuel of wisdom, and it opens the way to happiness.

Through illness, human beings can gain insight into the meaning of life, understand its value and dignity, and strive to lead more fulfilling lives.

Daisaku Ikeda

According to research, finding this type of cyst in the brain is not rare and, as I did, many are found while investigating for other problems. Through this experience, once again, I have felt appreciation about my health wellbeing. Although it is a cyst in my head, it is not a misfortune. If I grow up with it, I felt it is part of me. I learned to appreciate my being that I can continuously contribute to this world as who I am.

What can you do with your health being?
What can you contribute as who you are?
How can you appreciate your health?

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