• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: “Excited About the Future” — Through Gene Sequencing

October 16, 2016

Sharing Mayo Clinic patient Brentney Simon wearing graduation cap

For 22 years, South Carolina native Brentney Simon and her family thought she was living with a fatal mitochondrial disease.

From the time she was born, Brentney has faced a host of medical concerns. At first, her doctors didn’t think she would walk or talk. Brentney proved them wrong. But over the years, she struggled with respiratory difficulties and heart problems. She contracted pneumonia several times and required multiple hospitalizations. Her physicians found a severe curve in her spine.

Through it all, Brentney never stopped fighting, living her life as fully as possible, even though participating in activities that most children and teens take for granted was a struggle. Despite her challenges, Brentney kept up with her schooling and enrolled in college, determined to get a higher education and realize her goals for a career. Read the rest of Brentney's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.