“When I woke up…I quickly became aware that gliding through brain surgery recovery was not the big plan. Pain, paralysis, and single-sided deafness loomed ahead.”
Sally Stap was in the midst of a career in Information Technology when the unthinkable happened: she was diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma, a benign but large brain tumor.
Written with a poignant blend of honesty, dry humor, faith, and inquisitiveness, Smiling Again is the story of persistence and beauty in spite of pain. Sally recounts the shock of diagnosis, a painful recovery from invasive brain surgery, retirement due to disability, and ultimately contentment and acceptance of a new life journey.
For caregivers and survivors, Sally shares practical lessons and tips that will help you find your own signposts of faith along a treacherous but ultimately exhilarating journey, including:
Be optimistic, but don’t discount possible outcomes just because they don’t sound fun.
Allow yourself to grieve because there is a new you.A sense of humor will give you a better temperament than frustration.
Whether you are a brain tumor survivor or facing another experience that has brought you to the end of yourself, Sally’s experience shows that even when the worst happens, God is present and visible in unexpected ways. Gaining familiarity with a new you can lead in unexpected but rewarding directions.