I had a lemon-sized meningioma removed in Feb. 2015, and it was close to the brain stem. The rehab was hard and I wondered if my life would ever be “normal” again. Thankfully it really is “normal” again. I’ve had two follow-up MRIs and each has been perfect. However, because I’m clostrophobic, I have to be anesthesized for the 90-minute procedure. This last time in January I had a very bad experience after the procedure. I didn’t go back to the doctor. Instead I toughed it out. From what I was reading I think I was not thermally monitored while under anesthesia. Setting that bad experience aside, I told my neurosurgeon about that at my follow up appointment with him. Because the previous 2 MRIs were absolutely clear, he said next year I would only need a CAT scan. THAT I can handle without anesthesia !! I had the surgery done in Lansing MI at Sparrow Hospital.