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Meet Shawna R., Parent Mentor at Akron Children's Hospital

Shawna's Story

I became a Parent Mentor to offer support and encouragement to families of children that are experiencing traumatic brain injury, brain tumors or similar diagnosis.

When she was 8 years old, our daughter Mackenzie complained of a beeping in her ear. An MRI revealed a brain tumor. She had an external shunt (EVD) placed and the tumor resected one week later.

After surgery, she developed posterior fossa syndrome and lost the ability to speak, swallow, walk, talk, etc.  She went through 8 weeks of inpatient rehab followed by several months of day rehab. She continues to see OT, PT, and speech for ongoing therapy to improve her balance, coordination, and speech. She still struggles with balance and coordination and has ataxia which makes it difficult to write and hold things.

Shawna is a mentor for these care services: Cancer, Ear Nose Throat (ENT), Endocrine, Eye, Feeding and Nutrition, Hematology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pulmonary

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Shawna R. is a parent mentor for these care services: Cancer, Ear Nose Throat (ENT), Endocrine, Eye, Feeding and Nutrition, Hematology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pulmonary .

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