Season 4

Episode 18

Chiari Malformation

In this episode we will discuss Chiari Malformation.  It is most often caused by structural defects in the brain and spinal cord that occur during fetal development.  This can be the result of genetic mutations or a maternal diet that lacked certain vitamins or nutrients.  This is called primary or congenital Chiari malformation.  It can also be caused later in life if spinal fluid is drained excessively from the lumbar or thoracic areas of the spine, to traumatic, injury, disease, or infection.  This is called acquired or secondary Chiari malformation and is a rarer form.

Our guest on today's show is Heidi Elise Marquis.  You can learn more about Heidi below.

Heidi is a 34 year old woman from Old Saybrook CT. She has chiari malformation, brain slump, cranio cervical instability & atlantoaxial instability. She enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs and reading as much as possible.  She also I'd a collector of anything with LadyBugs on it!!!  Heidi credits her strength and resilience  through her horrendous medical battle to her father Mark who has been there every step of the way holding her hand.  

You can find her on Facebook at :

https://www.facebook.com/heidi.e.marquis