Ending the Suffering: New Huntington Disease Center Tackles Debilitating Brain Disorder
For seven years, Susan Catlette and her husband, Mel Womble, had no idea what was causing his short-term memory loss, difficulty swallowing and depression. He moved from doctor to doctor, with varying diagnoses, including one stating that his problems were purely psychological. The couple was finally referred to a neurologist, who, after examination and family discussion, ordered a battery of tests including a new genetic test for Huntington disease. It came back positive. Sadly, Mel passed away in 2004.
Thinking back on that time, Susan says, “Although it was a relief to have an explanation for Mel’s symptoms, our research revealed that what lay ahead for him was scary.”
Mother’s Intuition Leads to Accurate Brain Tumor Diagnosis
While most parents believe their children are extraordinary, Jessica Lovelace and her husband, Chris Clarke, have scientific proof. Their daughter, Kyla, is one of the very few children in the United States diagnosed each year with a rare brain tumor lodged in an even rarer —and dangerous — location.
Fortunately, Jessica and Chris’ determination to “get the best” for Kyla led them to MedStar Georgetown where the right diagnosis and surgery stopped this dangerous brain tumor from destroying the little girl’s life.
It all started with a series of seemingly random events. Kyla was born with torticollis — a muscle imbalance in the neck — which was corrected using gentle exercises. But when she was three, her mother noticed that Kyla was having some difficulty with her balance, not being able to stand on one foot and getting extremely dizzy after only one or two twirls.
Three Stroke Care Teams One Great Outcome
For southern Maryland’s Gary Willis, what was supposed to be a typical afternoon bike ride would lead him to three of MedStar Health’s nine renowned hospitals.
Last summer, Gary was enjoying a bike ride when he felt a sudden, overwhelming heaviness in his arm. Unable to react, he collapsed on the side of the road. He was having a stroke.
Epilepsy Surgery: Controlling Seizures Improving Lives
Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million children and adults in the United States—one out of every 100 Americans—often for no known reason. Fortunately, new therapies and drug combinations can reduce or even end epileptic seizures without the side effects experienced with some earlier therapies. In fact, medications work for most people today.
Despite such progress, nearly 30 percent of people with epilepsy are never seizure-free, no matter how many different drugs they try. Uncontrolled, the disorder can limit an individual’s ability to drive, work or enjoy other activities.
Just ask Jeffrey Shriner.
Pediatric Neurology Patient Testimonial
Like 19 month-old toddlers, my daughter, S.J. has received shots every time she has gone to the doctor’s office. It didn’t take long for her to figure out that if we walked into a waiting room, we were not walking out without getting multiple needle pricks first. She learned very quickly that a good defense mechanism was to scream and cry and thrash around as much as possible (although that tactic never really worked). It used to be easier when she was nonmobile and less fluid with her motions—we could bribe her or simply hold her down. Those days are, alas, over. I have a true Tasmanian devil whirling about when we go for a doctor’s visit.