Nine-year-old Caitlyn was diagnosed with hydrocephalus before she was even born. The condition describes an abundance of spinal fluid that had accumulated in Caitlyn’s brain. In infancy, she had to endure surgery to implant a shunt to draw the fluid out of the brain and carry it elsewhere within the body where it will be reabsorbed into the blood stream. Additional surgeries were performed to correct problems with her skull that were caused by the swelling and intracranial pressure.
Caitlyn then developed epilepsy at 18 months of age, and doctors have systematically tried a multitude of anti-epileptic drugs over the years in an effort to control her seizures. As with many children who suffer from seizures, none of the medications have been able to completely control them.
Caitlyn was alight with joy and excitement once the family arrived at their destination. One of Caitlyn’s fondest memories at Disney World was a makeover at the Bibbidy Bobbity Boutique, a salon that treats children of any age to pampering fit for a princess – a Disney princess! All made up with an ethereal hairdo and fairy-dusted nails, Caitlyn ventured out into the Magic Kingdom where she loved posing for pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck.