My Story in Pictures
On December 15, 2015, Meredith hit her head on the granite counter top while picking her homework off of the kitchen floor. There was no bruising or external bleeding, but rather an immediate onset of headaches. After a couple of days visiting the school nurse, it was determined she may have a concussion and she should see her pediatrician. What started out as a likely concussion quickly escalated. Her journey commenced with her pediatrician, to the Pediatric Neurology team at The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center with later and ongoing care at Boston Children's Hospital.
Meredith's health significantly deteriorated from December 2015 through March 2016 with no real known explanation other than the concussion. School work and activities were stripped away, school days were reduced and homework was no longer an option, yet Meredith's health continued to worsen.
It wasn't until early April 2016 when her growing medical team found a blood clot in her brain. Meredith was hospitalized in April 2016 to address the blot clot and pain management. She did not attend school from April - June 2016, missing out on her last year of fifth grade. During this time Meredith was in chronic pain, lost her balance forcing her to walk with a cane, spent many hours enduring tests and waiting in doctor offices, attended physical therapy, participated in alternative treatment options, was tutored and some how managed to get through each day with grace.
Presently, Meredith's recovery is slow and sometimes stymied by complications from the original injury. She is now faced with a stenosis of the venous system and high intracranial hypertension. She has returned to school and is currently a ninth grader at North Reading High School, living a "normal" life, but some things will always remain off limits and her life has been forever altered with one hit of the head. She continues to receive ongoing medical care and treatment at The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts and Boston Children's Hospital.
The Mighty Meredith Project provides both her and others with "hope" and an "Option B", since "Option A" is no longer available.
Meredith at Boston Children's Hospital - Waltham, MA for a visit with her Neurologist and Pain Management Team. Ironically, it is located on "Hope" Avenue.
After meeting with many doctors at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and The Brain Injury Center at Boston Children's Hospital, Meredith was encouraged to get involved with something that would help replace what she had lost in terms of her participation in activities she once loved and to help with the associated psychological impact. After one physician had learned of Meredith's 2016 philanthropy efforts, she was encouraged to move forward with the Mighty Meredith Project. Therefore, after months of discussing the purpose and potential charitable offerings, Meredith decided on the following mission for the Mighty Meredith Project:
Mighty Kind: Promote kindness, especially to those who may have a "hidden injury or illness"
Mighty Giving: An avenue to give back to the local medical community
Mighty Smart: Bring education and awareness to Traumatic Brain Injuries as an adolescent, with specific attention on their hidden impact - both physical and psychological
The hope for the MMP is to bring a bit of hope, joy and education to as many people as we can.
The logo for the Mighty Meredith Project, designed by Joyce Wells, of JWells Design, is intended to look like Meredith with brown hair and a pony tail - her signature look, only now with a cape, because Meredith is a real life “super hero”.