“What defines us is how well we rise after falling.”

Today, I celebrate 5 years since my Chiari Malformation decompression surgery. I didn’t know what the future would look like for me. There were uncertainties and a long recovery ahead of me, but that didn’t stop me from persevering. December 1st 2015, I walked into the hospital to get my brain surgery.

While it was a normal school day for all of my friends walking into class, I was walking into the hospital for a procedure not knowing if I would wake up.

My diagnosis of Chiari Malformation came a few months after my unexpected black out on the softball field. I was only 17, and was told “get ready kid, you’re having brain surgery.” 
Chiari Malformation is a condition in which brain tissue extends into your spinal canal. It occurs when part of your skull is abnormally small or misshapen, pressing on your brain and forcing it downward blocking cerebrospinal fluid to your brain. This condition is present at birth, but I was unaware I had it until the day I blacked out.

Prior to my black out, the only symptom I had was an occasional headache, which I attributed to my travel softball schedule and playing in the sun for 14 hours a day. After my black out, more severe symptoms such as debilitating migraines (7 days per week), neck pain, and dizziness became more prominent.

The goal of the surgery was to increase the cerebrospinal fluid to prevent future black outs and help relieve some symptoms, but unfortunately I am still left with them 5 years later. To this day, I still face debilitating migraines (3 days per week), neck and back pain, leg pins and needles when I stand, memory loss, and dizziness. Despite having a successful procedure, a few months later scar tissue started to form at the incision site. This caused my cerebrospinal fluid to be blocked again.
As an athlete of 13 years, I had a consistent routine and I was always in check with myself and my body. When I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, my normal changed and I had to adjust to a new way of life that would help me manage my health in a better way. This led me to craft a tool that would help others, like myself, to be more consistent and attentive to their health.
During my diagnosis and hospital stay, a health tracking tool would’ve been beneficial for me to better understand my health and to ensure that I was doing everything I could to manage my diagnosis. When creating Limitless Medical Logs, I finally felt like I was gaining a tool that would help me track symptoms, pain, and vitals for future appointments.

So, why wait? Take control of your health today with Limitless Medical Logs to help improve your health journey. Make sure to visit www.limitlessmedicallogs.com for more information.