The neurologist wanted to perform another MRI of Isabel's brain. Just to be sure. But there weren't really any signs of something existential, she said, offering solace. The result of the magnetic resonance tomography, which uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create tomograms of the body, astonished even the doctor a few days later. She spoke of a "spectacular" finding.
Isabel (56) had a meningioma, a brain tumor. It was benign, but needed to be surgically removed. And as quickly as possible. Isabel told herself she would have no more complaints once the tumor was gone. Little did she know how much further she still had to go.
A brain injury can affect anyone
Headaches, fatigue and memory loss
A slow healing process
Three months after the operation, Isabel had enough confidence to return to work. In the beginning she was more often to be found in the recreation room than at her desk. She was relieved to find that she could still do her work. In other areas, however, her brain continued to function poorly for a long time. In spring 2014, Isabel bought a technical device. The saleswoman explained to her how to use it. But Isabel could not remember anything, even after several explanations.
Back to everyday life
Zurich wants to raise awareness for the issue
FRAGILE Suisse is specialized in helping people with brain injuries in everyday life. The assistance is not only provided to sufferers, their relatives also receive help. FRAGILE Suisse also provides special help for children whose mother or father has suffered a brain injury.
Zurich Switzerland supports this commitment: For every new life insurance policy taken out, Zurich makes a financial contribution to the patient organization. Zurich also wants to raise awareness for the issue, and where better to start, than with our own employees. As part of the cooperation with FRAGILE Suisse, we offer internal training seminars for our customer advisors, administrators and care managers on interacting with those who have suffered a brain injury. The goal is to ensure that Zurich customers continue to receive the professional advice and support they require even after suffering a brain injury.