Kristina was diagnosed with a pineal brain cyst, & is scheduled for surgery in Houston,TX, She struggles everyday with headaches, hand tremors & memory issues.Medical, Illness & Healing - Murphy , USA
I'm creating this account to help offset the expenses that will occur when my daughter Kristina has brain surgery to remove a cyst on the Pineal Gland. Surgery will be in Houston, TX on June 17th. I will be with her the entire time of 2 1/2 - 3 weeks.
Kristina woke up one day in Aug. 2012 with a headache. This headache never went away and gradually progressed in frequency and intensity. I had her to many doctors, to no avail. Finally, during an ER visit in June of 2013, she was diagnosed with a 1.25cm cyst on her Pineal Gland. She was also diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, two months later, after an opening pressure of 38mmHg. An LP Shunt was placed in Oct 2013 after a second opening pressure of 50mmHg, and revised in Dec. 2014 to 13mmHg. Even after both of these procedures, Kristina still has severe, daily headaches, on top of other symptoms. Tremors in her hands cause them to shake when she tries to hold or grasp something. She has trouble sleeping and only sleeps between 2 and 3 hours a night. She's extremely sensitive to heat and has to stay cool at all times, otherwise she starts vomiting. She also has trouble with her memory and balance issues. By the grace of God, she never developed Papilledema(causes loss of eye sight) . Despite all of these symptoms, nothing was ever addressed about the cyst in her brain.
Our journey led us to Dr. Kim in Houston, Texas, to which he felt Kristina had suffered long enough, and the cyst needs to be removed. Through her journey, she has come across many people who have gone through or are going through the same ordeal she is. Kristina wants to, one day, create a foundation for this type of rare cyst because most of the public is unaware of the effects it can have on someone's life. Many people are being told "It's not the cyst", "I don't know what's causing the headaches", or my favorite "What do you expect from me today?", and then sent Kristina home with anti-depressants. These are the doctors who need to go back to medical school for more training. When Kristina can, she wants to write a book about her experiences with this rare disorder and to hopefully give others strength to continue fighting and bring awareness to this misunderstood condition.
My daughter is 19 1/2 years old, and has managed to be a College Honor Roll A student in Computer Information Technology and Web Design. Everyday in pain, she has tried to lead some kind of normal life. Her hobbies include listening to music, playing video games, and being Iron Man's #1 fan. In light of everything that she's been through, she continues to stay positive and optimistic that she will soon have the life back that the cyst stole from her. We thank you so much for any support that you can give us!