AnnaLee Rose

Lowell, MI

Louisiana State University

Biology- Spring 2021

Since birth, AnnaLee has had a relentless and fearless persona. During the fall of her

junior year of high school, she started to experience abdominal pain after being tackled multiple

times during her high school’s annual powder puff game. The new symptom was found to be

from the compression of spinal fluid on her spinal cord which created a cyst. She had her first

spinal surgery in Cleveland, Ohio in order to remove the cyst. AnnaLee had her second spinal

surgery due to further compression which caused a foot drop. After two surgeries and

graduating from high school, AnnaLee had eight more surgeries in Miami, Florida; all to relieve

spinal compression. In between surgeries AnnaLee stayed committed to her aspirations of

becoming a physician by enrolling in online classes. Again due to spinal compression, all of

which had caused abdominal pain, spinal headaches, right foot drop, and immense back pain,

AnnaLee had her last five surgeries in Grand Rapids, Michigan. AnnaLee, being surgery free

for around two years now, is ready to regain her independence, with the help of her walker, as a

student at Louisiana State University

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