In November, 2009 I was diagnosed with a Pilocystic Astrocytoma brain tumor in the fourth ventricle of my cerebellum and brain stem. I suffered from balance issues since my early teens and was told that I had inner ear problems. In October 2009, I was sent to an ENT surgeon in Chicago, IL with the intention of removing loose crystals in my ears. After listening to my symptoms for about two minutes, this doctor told me it was not an inner ear problem but something in my brain. He suggested I get it check out quickly. I went through many tests to figure out what was wrong. I was told about the tumor and urged to see a Neurosurgeon immediately. On February 11, 2010 I had brain surgery.