Health problems no match determined Pinkerton Academy senior
Just weeks after undergoing brain surgery in November, the Pinkerton Academy senior competed in a talent competition on Jan. 12 at the Derry Opera House. The talent segment was part of the Distinguished Young Woman of New Hampshire for 2014 contest.
Now that she has been named New Hampshire’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2014, Josie is eligible to compete in the national competition that is scheduled to be held in Mobile, Ala., in June. With the award, Josie received $2,150 in scholarship money, Glenna Lydick said.
“She is pretty much exactly what you would want in a student,” Hamlon said. “She’s outgoing, she’s interactive, she’s mature — I think having to do probably a lot with what she’s been going through.”
“You could look at her and tell when she’s suffering from one,” Hamlon said. “She never complained and certainly never, ever used it as an excuse for anything.”
Breda said he couldn’t believe when Josie actually apologized for missing so many activities following the surgery.
In the fall, doctors finally determined through an MRI of her brain that Josie was suffering from a condition she was born with called Chiari Malformation. In layman’s terms, her brain descended too far, disrupting the flow of fluid in her brain. This was obviously causing all of the headaches and other symptoms, Glenna Lydick said.
After surgery, she spent five days in the hospital, with two days in the ICU, Glenna Lydick said.
“We are very excited and very proud of her,” Glenna Lydick said. “This could have brought a lot of people down, even me. She fought through it, and she is going to do great things.”
Josie was also motivated to learn from the experience so that she could one day help other young people who are coping with similar conditions. Josie said she wants to go to college and eventually become a psychologist who focuses on working with adolescents who are experiencing health problems.
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