- Posted March 12, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Salute to troops
Family is Always First
My cousin, Amy is 25 years old and was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation (a malformation of the brain. It consists of a downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum (the opening at the base of the skull), sometimes causing non-communicating hydrocephalus as a result of obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid outflow). It was a long and scary road. She even wrote a blog about it. www.amyhasaheadache.blogspot.com. She is the most positive happy person I have ever met. The night before her surgery, my brother, who has been on a deployment since August 2012 finally made it back into the United States. He was in Washington D.C. My cousins was getting her surgery in South Jersey. My brother rented a car the following morning, drove 4 hours, and walked into her recovery room. (See picture) He walked in and Amy was so surprised and happy as you can see. Her heart rate went up to 180 and all the nurses ran in to see if she was okay. She was fine of course, just super excited. I am so proud of my family. My cousin, Amy is so strong and happy for everything that's she's gone through and still is super positive even after having some of her SKULL removed! My brother was in the US for less than 18 hours, was in the car for 8 hours and spent a few hours with my family just to let my cousin know how much he cares. My family is amazing. My brother definitely has set some high standards for men in Amy and I's eyes. This is something that I think people should know about to see how good and loving some families are. I love my family and so should you.