Hi Alyssa, I didn’t have radiosurgery. I had a crainiotomy to remove the sucker from my brain. I do know however that the amount of radiation used has an affect on the surrounding tissue. I also know you will find much information that may help you understand online. Google, bing, etc., and this site, were not around when I had my AVM. I was on my own.
My AVM was discovered when I was 32 after a head-on collision completely tore my face open when it smashed into my steering wheel. Lots of head and brain trauma too. The AVM was asymptomatic. So I was just lucky they found it.
Judging by your photo you’re very young. That is a huge benefit to the healing process. Huge!
I had my crainiotomy at 33. I was a Triathlete, marathoner, rock climber, mountain biker, outdoors dude. This was in 1993. In excellent physical condition, it took me nearly two years to completely recover. And I was able to get back to 97% of my former life.
What I’ve told quite a few of people here is what got me through the very long healing process: get in your mind that there is NO other option but getting better. Of course I’m stubborn, which helps. But focus on whatever therapies are available, and watch your diet (an important part of recovery, but too often ignored). You don’t need to eat grass, raw oats, seaweed, and rub mashed yeast all over. Just eat healthy. Also easy to find online.
It’s all to easy to become depressed, frustrated, complacent, and want to just give up. Don’t. Positive reinforcement from your family, boyfriend, girlfriends, is nice to have too. You’ll get there. There is absolutely no other option!
Hope this helps.