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    Oh No (Misdiagnosed): Originally, I was diagnosed as a chordoma. This was a more complicated tumor and was harder to treat sucessfully. My diagnosis was changed to that of an ependymoma with my family getting various opinions on the proper diagnosis.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): All the side effects didn't really amount to much, just problems with incontinence which effects my quality of life. I will deal with it in a professional mannner.

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    Decision Point (Whether or not to have surgery): I felt surgery was necessary due to the size of the tumor. I have slight tingling in my toes, but that was the extent of the side effects.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): seven hours for the operation, but very little back pain and quick recovery.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I was worried about fatigue problems but working out everyday seemed to have lessened this side effect.