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April 22, 2010

BehindTheMedspeak: Tara Subkoff's first person story — 'How I survived a brain tumor'

Her gripping account in the current issue of Harper's Bazaar, as told to Derek Blasberg, once again demonstrates how important it is to get a second opinion and sometimes even a third if you think your doctor's wrong.

In the end, the thing that may have saved her life is that she went ahead and paid for an MRI herself after her longtime physician refused to order one, telling her she was neurotic instead of taking seriously her worsening symptoms of headaches, loss of hearing in one ear and severe bouts of dizziness.

The test show a golf ball-sized brain tumor (acoustic neuroma) on the right side of her brain.

The mass was removed in a 14-hour procedure last September.

Subkoff has permanently lost her right-sided hearing and balance functions and has constant vertigo.

She is in physical therapy, slowly regaining strength and living a rather quiet life in a small bungalow in Los Angeles (below),

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a marked contrast to her heyday in the fast lane as a co-principal of fashion line Imitation of Christ. 

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