by Robin L. (Xanders ) Holloway
I was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1961. My parents were overseas while my father was stationed with the Air Force. As the story goes, my father was the first to note the swelling of my skull’s fontanels when I was only 3 weeks old. This was a problem. According to my parents, once I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, this began a 3 year procession of surgeries and doctor appointments. They occurred in different countries and different states in the United States. Throughout the three years, my parents were cautious and wondered about my future, considering my limitations or my very survival. I suffered from numerous secondary infections which did not make things easy to deal with for the military physicians or my family. My father did share with me that the physician who placed the first shunt was the doctor which designed the first shunting, for his own son in 1959.