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Makayla’s Story (Chiari Malformation)

Makayla's Story Chiari MalformationAt 16 years old, I was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. To this day, two years later, I still am facing the pain. I was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, which led me to have brain surgery, due to random passing out, double vision, etc., which then caused hydrocephalus.

I am 18 years old, a graduate of high school (2 years early), attending college, and a power lifter. I turn all of my pain into power! Doctors, family, friends and my surgeon tell me I can’t lift anymore due to all of my problems. I’m also facing bulging and herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, hip and knee problems and post-concussion syndrome. But everything I do on a daily basis shows me how strong I really am. I am stronger than my illness, and I will beat the odds. I am going to school to be a police officer and work in the canine unit. And one day, I plan to own a gym. All of my hard work and dedication shows me that all of the hard work and frustration is all worth it in the end.

My story video is on YouTube “Makayla Ammons My Story Athlete Search”

Makayla
Ohio
Submitted 03/19/2015

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Yes keep fighting but this pain is unbearable for me and the blurred vision and starring in space like I’m in another world but I snap back and keep on going I get dizzy at times and even have things disappear on me I just want it to stop so keep fighting baby girl

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