I'm running the 2020 Boston Marathon with Team Eye & Ear!
My relationship with Mass. Eye & Ear started at a pretty low point for me. In April 2017, I wound up in the ER just 2 days before I was set to run my first 1/2 Marathon. I had been having headaches, blurry vision, and all sorts of strange pressure pains on the left side of my head and face. The reason? Sinusitis caused by a surgery 4 months prior. Essentially, I had a severe sinus infection from a botched wisdom tooth surgery that left a hole connecting my sinus cavity to my mouth. Due to this, it was dangerous for me to do any sort of exercise; since the infection could cause a fever that would land me right back in the ER in worse shape. Ipso facto, I wasn't running my first 1/2 Marathon after all. I. Was. Devastated.
Even worse was how long my sinusitis lasted. I wound in the ER several more times throughout 2017 - with the last straw being the ER at Mass. Eye & Ear on my (now) fiance's day off. After hours of thorough testing, I was referred to a doctor upstairs and my appointment was just a few days later. Little did I know how big of a deal that referral would be for me.
A few days later, I was meeting Dr. Stacey Gray for the first time. Aside from being super friendly and welcoming, she genuinely listened to the issues I was having and wanted to help me solve them. She scheduled a surgery to remove the infection and scar tissue, which would be the first step in a 2-step surgical process to correct the original issue caused by the botched wisdom tooth surgery.
A few weeks after the successful surgery with Dr. Gray, I was able to have an orthodontist close the hole from the botched wisdom tooth surgery. Since then, I have been healthy and free of any sinus issues, which has improved my quality of life tenfold.
Due to this, I have been able to happily run in several local races, inlcuding four 1/2 Marathons. And now I get the amazing opportunity to fundraise and represent Team Eye & Ear for one of my most important life goals - running the Boston Marathon.
Please take a minute to donate what you can to help these amazing people! Every dollar counts!
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