Sarah is currently under the care of a radiation
oncologist for the treatment of a meningioma (brain tumor).
She recently concluded a five-day high-dose round of
radiation treatments and is beginning to experience hair
loss. Sarah will soon return for still yet another MRI to
monitor the status of the tumor.
Diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus, Sarah has a vp
shunt implanted in her brain to shunt excess spinal fluid
from her brain to her abdominal cavity. She has had multiple
shunt revisions and total replacements over the course of
her young life. During a series of back-to-back shunt
replacements, Sarah suffered a stroke and is still
experiencing deficits because of it.
In addition to a number of neurological issues, Sarah has
been diagnosed with asthma and struggles with an immune
disorder. She has many other medical issues as well. Despite
it all, she remains positive and optimistic.
Sarah, now a high school junior, loves going to the movies
and watching DVDs at home. She's addicted to the TV series
"24" and is a dedicated, loyal Jack Bauer (Kiefer
Sutherland) fan. Purple is her favorite color. Although we
have a German Shepherd named Jack, she adores all things
feline. Sarah lives to go on the road with her dad in the
semi in the summer. She is then able to visit her relatives
in Wisconsin which is probably her all-time favorite thing
August 2009 Feature
Congenital Hydrocephalus, Other Medical Issues
Cats/The color purple/ The TV show "24", going to the movies,
watching DVD's, traveling in her dad's semi