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From Spinal Cord Injury to Medical School

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Katianne Thaiz

My Spinal Cord Injury Doesn't Stop Me From Living

Hi, I'm Katianne Thaiz, I'm 17 years old, and I've been in a wheelchair since I was 3 years old. When I was 13 years old, I discovered that I had a cyst in my spine called an arachnoid cyst, which has caused a Spinal Cord Injury. This type of cyst usually develops between the surface of the brain, so my case is very rare.

I had my first surgery at age 13, but after 9 months the cyst grew back again. I decided to remain in my wheelchair during the next three years. I have been operated on 9 times since the inital surgery because the cyst is always growing back. I've gone through countless doctors, but now I just hope that the right medicine will be discovered to cure my Spinal Cord Injury.

Despite my complicated health situation, I try to live my life as normal as possible. I am a YouTube blogger, model, and I am studying to be a doctor.

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