At the Mayo Clinic, Forster was treated by now-retired Dr.

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However, during a follow-up appointment, an additional MRI revealed there was a secondary tumor – this time woven within her cerebellum.

Forster for the second time was scheduled for emergency surgery, during which the surgeon filleted her cerebellum to remove as much of the tumor as possible.

Such a job often required 70-hour weeks with round-the-clock hours.

Forster assumed her symptoms to be somewhat normal considering the abnormal circumstances.

Because of the neural damage coupled with the manipulation of the cerebellum during the procedures, Forster was left with permanent damage that resulted in her ongoing diagnosis of TN, dystonia, and tardive dyskinesia.

It took visits to approximately four doctors before she was properly diagnosed.

By the time the surgery was finished, however, 20 percent of the tumor was untouchable and too entangled in nerves.

This portion still remains in Forster’s cerebellum to this day.

Additionally, she began to recognize the unique position her illnesses put her in.

Forster said this made her feel responsible for sharing her story with others – with the end goal of letting people with chronic pain know they’re not alone. And although those years are met with what she says are some regrets, she knows the Shelly Forster of that time was often not reflective of her true character. On the other hand, however, she says she knows the lost relationships proved who would stand by her side through the worst time of her life – and who couldn’t or wouldn’t.

Forster underwent a surgery which removed the tumor.