more about me and my health

A little bit more about this broken body of mine...

I was a pretty healthy person until I got in an accident in 2010.  I was 25 years old at the time and life has never been the same.  I was on an ATV in Mississippi and it tipped over and fell on top of me.  The roll bar fell onto my chest and my health has been a pretty big nightmare ever since.  The initial accident almost killed me.  I had a Traumatic Dissected Thoracic Aorta, a Pneumothorax (collapsed lung), six fractured ribs, a broken Clavicle and needed stitches in my chin.  I was airlifted to The Med (My life saving surgery was at the Elvis Presley Trauma Center, best name ever) in Memphis, TN and some fantastic trauma doctors/surgeons there saved my life.

Thumbs Up, Always

I was working on my collpased lung

My poor little lung

With my sister Lauren and Mom in ICU

Lauren, Molly, me and Patrick.  (Patrick was with me during the accident, and helped care for me during my recovery.  He tragically passed away at 33 years old in 2017)

Later in 2010 I was having circulation issues and developed Subclavian Steal Syndrome, and needed another surgery.  I had a Vascular Bypass placed from my left Subclavian Artery to my left Carotid Artery.  This gave me back pretty good circulation and I was finally able to find a pulse in my left wrist.

Before the first bypass surgery

After surgery

In 2014 I had back surgery.  I have had on and off back issues ever since the accident.  I had an L5-S1 Microdiscectomy.  It has taken a long time, but that is finally pretty strong and not causing many issues.

In 2017 my vascular bypass from 2010 became blocked and I needed surgery again.  The Vascular Surgeon was able to unblock the bypass, but after surgery I got a blood clot in the bypass.  I had an Angiogram and they were able to remove the clot, and placed a stent in the bypass to keep it open, and keep the blood flowing.

After surgery 👍🏼 2017

Ever since this surgery I have had a ton of pain in my left arm, left shoulder, and left side of my neck (in addition to everything else!).  As it turned out I had dissected an artery in my neck, and that was probably what caused all of the weakness, pain, and other symptoms I was experiencing.  At this point it is hard to tell because I have so many things wrong with me!!

I did a month long pain management program at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, and they have helped me more than I can even begin to explain to getting back to living a "normal" life.

I am starting to get back to the things I couldn't do for a long time, like gardening, some yoga, and working a part time job, and I am looking forward to seeing what else this body of mine is capable of.

Since I have started in 2018 here are my newest diagnoses;

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Cervical Radiculopathy/Radiculitis (C5-C6)

Herniated Discs in Cervical Spine (C3-C4 mild disc bulge, C5-C6 mild concentric disc bulge, C6-C7 mild disc bulge)

Cervical Disc Disease 

Spondylosis (C-Spine)

Heart Murmur 


PFO - Patent Foramen Ovale 

Dissected Vertebral Artery

EGJ outflow obstruction 

Connective Tissue Disorder