At a young age, Ellie started having headaches on a regular basis, sometimes even lasting a few days. Since other members of her family suffer from migraine headaches, they just brushed them off thinking it was just an unfortunate genetic trait. During one particularly bad spell, Ellie’s mother had to rush her to the ER.
While at the ER, doctors were treating her as if she had another migraine, but Ellie’s parents pushed to have an MRI and to see a neurologist. Following two separate MRI scans, Ellie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common type of pediatric malignant primary brain tumor. Ellie was immediately taken to St. Jude for treatments, and Ellie had brain surgery to remove the tumor. Since surgery, Ellie has gone through 30 rounds of radiation and seven months of chemo therapy. Following her treatments, another scan was performed, and thankfully there were no traces of cancer.
Despite the unfortunate cards Ellie was dealt she remains funny and loving. Ellie loves animals, and worked at the Knoxville Zoo rehabilitating all types of birds and presenting them to large crowds of visitors. Described as a loyal girl, Ellie loves learning about art and history. Ellie’s all-time favorite hobby is playing video games on her Xbox One. She hopes to one day set up her gaming area with all sorts of impressive attachments and add-ons to make her gaming experience just like the professionals enjoy.
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