Today I met with my neurologist to discuss the results of my angiogram. We talked about the meetings he and his collegues have been having over the past 2 weeks to discuss my options. Thankfully, I have some good news. My motor cortex has developed differently due to the AVM chronically shunting blood, which means that it has "likely" moved further away from the AVM over the years. Also, the drainage of my AVM is all superficial, which makes surgery a bit easier. As a result, even though my AVM is very large, I got a grade 3/5 rather than 4. I will be speaking with the surgeon on Monday, but apparently he is willing to operate. My neurologist really stressed the large risks of surgery, but I still feel confident. He said that most of his collegues agree that I should finish medical school first, and then operate. That being said, I would need another angiogram and the ridiculous radiation and horrible reaction (blindness, migraines, vomitting) that came along with it.
I think I will get the craniotomy, but the decision of when will be a hard one. For now, I'll need to have a relaxing weekend to prepare for my chat with the surgeon on Monday:)