• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Brain malformation spurs Nikki to reach out to others

October 23, 2016

brain patient Nikki in the woods holding purple balloons
Oct. 23, 2015, is a date that Nikole Prins will always remember. It’s the day she finally learned the reason for the bizarre symptoms she had been dealing with for more than half her life. Nikki precisely recalls the time she heard the news. It was 1:24 in the afternoon when her doctor called with the results of an MRI she had the previous day.

“I was diagnosed with Chiari malformation,” says Nikki, who lives in Owatonna, Minnesota, and received care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna. “No one wants to be told at 21 that you have a brain malformation. I cried a lot.” Read the rest of Nikki's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.