Hello! I’m Yamini. I’m a PhD student at Indiana University, Indianapolis. I’m a pineal tumor survivor (We’d rather call ourselves brain tumor warriors! :D). This blog is an attempt to share my insights on life on the tumor. I say I was on the tumor because to have a brain tumor is like waking up with the most terrible hangover you ever had everyday except that you don’t need spirits or narcotics.
I believe that anything is good for a few laughs. So, here I’m, trying to laugh my daily experiences using a simple formula: humor=n(normalcy~aberration). I’m trying to keep ‘n’ minimal but I’m naturally very dramatic. I’m trying to mix up fact and fiction a little bit so I don’t lose money in lawsuits for defaming anybody. Fiction always comes handy in masking identities.
In my capacity, I’m trying to reach out to all the people who have similar problems like I do and reassure them that it is not their fault. This is my part in helping all those people trust their sanity at times when everybody else seems to doubt it.
I’m very open to discussing my medical progress in case you want to share any information. This blog might not be the contemporary depiction of my situation but please reach me at yaminipatnaik.k AT gmail DOT com if you would like to discuss anything related to brain health.
Through this blog, I’d like to thank you all for the love and support you gave me through my journey. A special shout-out to my support group on facebook(cysters for life!) for making this possible and PhD advisors for making accommodations for recovery through graduate school. How could this section ever end without thanking the man who saved my life? Meet my hero, Dr. Hrayr Shahinian from the Skullbase Institute at Los Angeles (http://www.skullbaseinstitute.com/dr-hrayr-shahinian.htm). You’d think such people only exist in books, but, he is real!
Find more details on my story basically everywhere 😛 (http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/weird-wonders/season-1/episode-04-episode-4). Yes, I’m the evil twin girl on the freak show! No, I didn’t eat my twin :O