New forum for teens struggling with brain conditions!

involves demyelination in the spinal cord and in the brain. The demyelination in the brain is different than a demyelinating attack from MS; the lesions are scattered and do not appear in the same pattern as those from an MS attack.

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New forum for teens struggling with brain conditions!

Postby haydrehay » Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:36 pm

Hi everybody,
I'm Andrea Ferriera. I'm seventeen years old and I reside in California. The TMA forum was one of the main reasons that I was able to get through the hardest years of my life. I would come on here and seek advice from people who I knew could understand what I was going through. Back in 2006, I was in a car accident and had 3 severe cases of whiplash. At the time I was a competitive dancer, and since my muscles were so locked up, I went to go and see a pain specialist. She tried several different things but nothing was working. She said that one of my last resorts was to get anti inflammatory steroid injections. I did and I was immediately dizzy, pale, and felt as if I would throw up. This feeling never went away, and for the two years following I developed a lesion on my brain and was diagnosed with ADEM. Going through this as a teenager is one of the toughest times to do so, because all you want to do is have a normal high school experience. This is the complete opposite of what I have had as I was taken out of my freshmen year about a month into it. I'm definitely not complaining that I've been through this experience because I've learned an enormous amount about myself and about life in general. I'm now about 90% recovered and am no longer diagnosed with ADEM, but I do still have a lesion on my brain. But the thing is, I know how hard it was for me to get through it because I felt like nobody around me truly understood what I was going through. None of my teenage friends could contemplate the situation. It would have been so much more comforting if I had people my age to help talk me through it. This is why I've created All As One Brain Support. It is a forum that is especially for teens and youth going through brain conditions and diseases. I know that if they use it to share their experiences and feelings, it can work wonders. It is the same idea as this forum, but it is so we can all communicate with kids that are our age. If you have a teenager that is going through a brain condition, I encourage you to look into this site. I'm not trying to take away anything from this forum, as both are extremely beneficial in different ways.

This is my way to give back and to do something for those who are struggling just as I was. I just want to be able to make these teenagers lives just a little bit easier.

Thank you so much,
Andrea Ferriera
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