Pat tells the story of her journey with cavernoma, from initial diagnosis of epilepsy, the discovery of her multiple cavernomas and her eventual surgical resection. She talks about what has helped her cope through the years and emphasizes the importance of support and patience.
In 2011 I had a bleed from a Spinal Cavernoma. At the time I had never heard of this rare disease. I had never had any health problems. My symptoms started with a tingly feeling down my left leg. I also went for a bath and my left leg didn’t feel the temperature. I was diagnosed with 1 Cavernoma in my spinal cord and 3 small Cavernoma’s in my brain.
Lauren was diagnosed with cavernoma in her lower right cebellum after suffering multiple debilitating migraines. She was forced to have brain surgery which was successful. Lauren suffered a lot emotionally but was able to go back to her degree and, just last year, she took a leap set up her very own Performing Arts studio. An inspiration!
Cavernoma is a rare condition for which research is relatively young. Most people haven’t heard of Cavernoma until they, or someone they know, is affected. Being diagnosed with a condition you have never even heard of makes this difficult time all the more daunting and overwhelming. The more we share about Cavernoma and our experiences of Cavernoma the better the quality of care and support we can offer those affected in the future.
We sit down with the founder of popular, hero-inspired clothing company, Scamp & Dude, to talk about how shock diagnosis of cavernoma and emergency brain surgery has transformed her life, both personally and professionally.