My Personal Background that Led to Crypto Pt. 1

By Cje95 | Chronic Illness and Crypto | 24 Aug 2020

Hello all! This is my first ever blog post so please leave feedback! In this first post I would like to tell y’all about my personal journey that led to me loving and embracing crypto! Due to the complex nature of it I will probably have a couple of posts about me so that y’all can learn more about me!

Between 2009-2013 I was in high school and suffered two traumatic brain injuries of TBI’s for short. The first one cause a couple weeks of memory loss but the second one caused 8 months of memory loss and a hospitalization say. Going into my senior year I was in National Honor Society and was driving home from volunteering early in the afternoon. On my way home there are a series of stop lights and I was hitting them all green making great time. However, little did I know my life was forever going to change when a kid blew a red light and t-boned me. I was traveling at 55mph (the speed limit) when it happened, was spun through 3 lanes of traffic and up over a 12 inch curb. 

Come to find out this accident changed my life in more ways than I could count. About a week after the accident I began to suffer from terrible migraines. It was not long that I was having to undergo Botox treatments and would required IV medication to “break” or stop the headaches. To the best of my abilities I graduated high school and began my college journey always having to travel back and forth from my home in Sugar Land, Texas to Texas A&M at College Station.


After dealing with this issue for around 4 years and unbeknownst my parents continued to fight for answers for me. During this 4 year time I was just diagnosed with the broad term of migraines with no true treatment and preventative options presented to me. Through a family friend my parents had my MRI’s looked at by a neurosurgeon in Long Island for an outside opinion. Within a couple of days they received a call from the surgeon explaining he knew what was wrong with me and more importantly he could help me return to normal. 

In December of 2015 I finished up a chemistry final and drove home. My family jokes a ton so when I got home my parents pulled me into another room to tell me what they had found out. When they informed me I needed brain surgery I laughed at them and walked out of the room irritated that they would joke about that. Fast forward to February 2016 and my mom and I are in Long Island preparing for my surgery. The first time I ever met my neurosurgeon in person was when I was being wheeled back for surgery. 

Now I am sure you are wondering what is/was wrong with me. I suffered and continue to suffer from a condition called Chair Malformation. It is where your cerebellum is herniating down your spinal column blocking the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. For me the surgery entailed adding a silver dollar sized hole next to my brain stem to allow for swelling and movement and also the removal of my cerebral tonsils (they are the equivalent to a appendix just it’s part of your brain!). This operation lasted a total of 4-4.5 hours. I suffered complications after the surgery in the PICU unit and my poor parents had to wait another 2 hours to see me.

Naturally this surgery caused me to have to withdraw from Texas A&M that spring as I had to relearn things like walking. Chiari for me was causing my cerebral tonsils to wrap around and strangle my brain stem. While we won’t ever know for certain it is believed that this would have ended up killing me as one would expect. During this time my brother seeing me board and recovering alone at home since my friends were all away in college began to introduce me into crypto as something to occupy my time and to do something stimulating mentally. My brother was a huge person who backed all of this stuff that seemed crazy to me but he continued for months to explain it to me so I could understand. Sadly though about the time I really started to get into and interested in this space I required another emergency surgery. Stay tuned for that explanation tomorrow!

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Graduated from Texas A&M in May of 2020 had dabbled in crypto since 2017 but dove in at the end of 2019. December of 2020 packed up and moved to D.C.! Huge sports fan, space nerd, and international newsreader! Follow me on Twitter @Cje95_

Chronic Illness and Crypto
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