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Hi, my girlfriend was just diagnosed with type 1 chiari after years of different health problems many of which we now understand could be related. The doctor recommended surgary, and can't say what this is likely to help with in regards to things she's already suffering from.
the last few weeks have been really hard on her. It was good to have a diagnosis finally, but with so little information what the surgery might actually help with, she's having a hard time committing to it. She scheduled the surgery (in two months), and will probably go through with it, but in the meantime not just her physical condition is getting worse, but mostly her state of mind is.
I'm a little lost about what would be the best way for me to offer support. I've been reading here a lot, and of course talking to her about it a lot, trying to understand more, but the truth is of course I can't really understand what she's going through.
If people have any advice about what kind of support from their loved ones was helpful (and what wasn't), I will really appreciate it. Thanks.
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