Brain tumors can be found in various parts of the brain.
Bethany’s was in her cerebellum.
After her brain surgery, she experienced drastic behavior changes.
In order to better understand the behavior and personality changes I was noticing, I began researching the brain and how it functions.
I thought my findings might be beneficial for others also.
So, let’s talk about the anatomy of the brain and the function of each part.
A version of this post was first published in January 2016.
After Bethany was diagnosed with a tumor in her cerebellum, a stroke in her parietal and occiptal lobes, and seizures in her frontal and temporal lobes, it was important to me to understand what functions these parts of the brain controlled and how damage to these areas might affect her development.
I decided to share this information as I thought it might be useful to others ho may have gone through a similar experience as Bethany.
I’ve compiled my research into a little crash course on the anatomy of the brain and what each part controls below.
- Decision making
- Inhibition of behavior
- Attention and concentration
- Self monitoring
- Motor planning and initiation
- Awareness of abilities and limitations
- Problem solving
- Planning and anticipation
- Language comprehension
- Telling right from left
- Reading and writing
- Sense of touch
- Spatial perception
- Differentiation (identification) of size, shapes, and colors
- Visual perception
- Fine muscle control
- Visual perception
- Blood pressure
Comparing this information with the areas of damage and seizure activity going on in Bethany’s brain, helps me to understand why she has significant challenges with behavior, understanding spoken language, remembering things, mood swings, controlling her emotions, learning, balance and coordination!!
Understanding how each part of the brain works and how damage in each area can effect a person’s functioning is extremely useful information not only for the person affected by a brain tumor or brain damage but also for the recovering patient’s parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists.
Such information can aid everyone involved in understanding the unique challenges that brain tumor patients struggle with, thus fostering more empathetic, compassionate, and successful healing relationships between patient and family members, friends, caregivers, therapists and others involved in the recovering brain tumor patient’s life.
Armed with such information, affected individuals and parents can also be more effective advocates in securing the proper treatments, therapies, equipment, and education that are all so vitally important in acquiring the fullest recovery possible.