Lara's Story

Lara's Story

I was eleven years old and enjoying a perfectly normal life of a child until one day I awoke with a pain in my eye.

I called my parents and was unconscious and rushed to Sick Childrens Hospital within a very short time. I had a cat scan and Dr. Humphreys did surgery to remove a cerebral brain hemmhorage–a brain tumour that bled extensively into my cerebellum.

It was touch and go for weeks. I was in a coma. I had lost my abilities to do anything on my own. When I woke from the coma I couldn’t sit up, swallow, talk. I was like a baby again. It was very difficult for my parents and my two brothers. I spent months at Sick Kids and then months at Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre (now Bloorview MacMillan).

I was then discharged and continued physio and occupational therapy for another four years at home. It was a long, hard road for all involved and I have many people to thank for helping me through. I am now a married mother of three. I have some weaknesses still but I feel extremely blessed to be alive and have such a wonderful life now.
 


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