I am excited to share that I have joined the Massachusetts Eye and Ear "Team Eye and Ear" to run the 2020 Boston Marathon!
Mass. Eye and Ear is truly a special place. In 2013 I was diagnosed with a vestibular shwannoma, a benign, rare brain tumor. The ENT team at Mass Eye and Ear supported me through a solid year of "watching and waiting" while we decided the best course of action. At the end of the year, it was determined that the tumor on my vestibular nerve was causing irreparable damage to my balance and hearing and the decision was made to operate. The surgery took approximately 13 hours, and despite efforts to save my hearing the tumor had enveloped around the acoustic nerve leaving no option but to severe that portion which resulted in permanent hearing loss in my right ear. I was readmitted 10 days after being released due to a facial paisley, and again with the support of the team, facial and vestibular therapy I bounced back quickly. It was with the support and compassion of the Mass Eye and Ear team along with my family and friends that I was able to make a full recovery. A large part of that recovery was getting my balance back, and I did this by running. I remember the first time I made it around the entire track. I was so proud to be back! I will never forget looking down after completing the lap and seeing that I had somehow ended up in lane 4 even though I started in lane 1! I was so focused on balancing upright I had no idea I drifted 3 lanes over to the right. Each month I made more progress and now five years post surgery I am setting my sights on the Boston Marathon. As a giveback to this journey I am supporting Mass Eye and Ear as they supported me.
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