April 12-12-12 Project: The Lesson

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Can you image living with an undiagnosed condition for 24 years. Believing that you may be going mad and that the symptoms you have been carrying have been dismissed time and again. April’s 12-12-12 project member Rhiann Johns has been living that exact health story.

I was blessed to have an opportunity to interview Rhiann and her wonderful mother Hilary. Important lessons have been revealed along this interesting journey.

 Mother does know best. I suppose I picked out things early on, nagging at the back of my mind, when she was born. I should have listened more. As I said, mother does know best.

Trust in your instincts and our own bodies. I think we all know when there’s something going on with our bodies. Be more assertive with doctors. Push more for being referred to testing and for getting a diagnosis.

Thank you Rhiann and Hilary for opening up and giving us lessons that will plant seeds and help us all continue to grow.

 

Much love,
Marissa

Podcast: April 12-12-12 Project Member Rhiann Johns

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April’s podcast is ready! Very proud and honored that Rhiann and her mother Hilary were willing to open up and share their personal health journey.

*My apologizes in advance for audio glitches. I just could not pass on an opportunity to share this important story. The writtten transcript should clear things up!

Much love,
Marissa

5 Facts About The Brain That Fascinate

The complexities of the brain are breathtaking. This month’s 12-12-12 focus on brain stem lesion has allowed me to explore and appreciate the fascinating mysteries of the brain. Listed below are facts I came across that blew me away:

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1.“Consistency [of the brain is] somewhere between jelly and cold butter.”

2. “If you sliced off the top of someone’s head and peered inside, you wouldn’t see much happening at all.”

3.“In the ninetieth century, much was learned about the structure of the brain by removing it from the body after death.”

4. “Brain anatomy is hidden, secret, and more complex than any other part of the body.”

5. “The visual areas of the brain are at the back of the brain; therefore, information from the eyes has to travel the full depth of the skull before it begins to be processed into sight. “

 

Much love,
Marissa

12-12-12 Project: April- Brain Stem Lesion

April 12-12-12 project focus is on a condition known as Brain Stem Lesion.

“Each area of the brain has a responsibility for brain function.”

This month we will talk to project member Rhiann Johns living with a brain lesion located in her brain stem. Rhiann was diagnosed two years ago with the condition and surprisingly enough has been told she has been living with the condition since birth. Doctors are unsure of the cause.

I will cherish the time I get to spend with Rhiann as I educate myself on the condition. Exciting getting the awareness bracelet and t-shirt in the mail today. Go Team Rhiann!

Awareness t-shirt and bracelet for April 12-12-12 project

Much love,
Marissa