Idaho Falls woman battles same brain tumors as Sheryl Crow

POSTED: 09:11 PM MDT Jun 06, 2012    UPDATED: 12:35 AM MDT Jun 07, 2012 

The world is watching famed singer and political activist Sheryl Crow following her stunning announcement Tuesday regarding her health.
The 50-year-old musician has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor called a meningioma, similar to another celebrity, Mary Tyler Moore, who has opted to battle her condition by undergoing brain surgery.

In the midst of all this, an Idaho Falls woman has quietly been fighting off meningiomas since her diagnosis with three of them six weeks ago.

This is the most common type of brain tumor found in Americans, accounting for 33 percent of all diagnosed growths involving the brain.

According to the Mayo Clinic, they are especially frequent among older women.

Only the bandage and slight bruising above her right eyebrow would give any hint of Lisa Lamont's health problems.

"I'm feeling wonderful," said Lamont.

But she didn't feel that way even just a month ago. She and David were scared.

"It's traumatic. It's life changing. I mean you think brain tumors and it's like the end of the world," said David.

When their local neurosurgeon suggested three separate craniotomies, invasive surgeries requiring two weeks in the ICU and a month of rehab, the Lamonts started researching other options.

Within the first week following Lisa's diagnosis, David stumbled over a Los Angeles-based clinic called the Skull Base Institute.
"I just knew I was going to the right place. I just had that feeling. You know, that calm feeling," said David.

The clinic performed an endoscopic procedure where they cut a small slit above Lisa's eye and vacuumed out the tumor.

"It's a miracle. Yeah, it really is a miracle," said David.

The Lamonts flew back to Idaho four days after Lisa's surgery.
She still has two more to go.

Most meningiomas are benign like Lisa's and Sheryl Crow's tumors.