Prognosis: Excellent

KATIE PICKRELL//KELSEY PHARIS

On March 4, sophomore Kenzie Winslow will undergo brain surgery at University of California, Irvine.

Winslow has a rare nerve disease called trigeminal neuralgia, more commonly known as the ‘suicide disease.’ “I was diagnosed four years ago and I’ve needed the surgery since then,” Winslow told Mountain Vista staff members.

Trigeminal neuralgia is often referred to as one of the most painful diseases in existence. The disease causes sharp intense pain throughout an individual’s face and head; the pain can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

Winslow will be held in the intensive care unit for only one night following her surgery.  She will be hospitalized for a minimum of two days, but also must stay in California for two weeks post-operation.

Although she returns before spring break begins, Winslow says her activity will be limited after the treatment.

Winslow also adds that her friends and family have all helped to support her in the time leading up to the surgery.

“What I’m scared for the most is not being here,” Winslow said adding, “nothing really scares me about [the operation].”

The doctor Winslow is seeing currently has a 100 percent success rate. Potentially, Winslow’s surgery could take away all of the pain her trigeminal neuralgia has caused.

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