My name is Margie Kuntz and last year, as a high school senior, I never dreamed I’d be “ringing in” the New Year with a pituitary tumor.
It was late December 2011 and I was undergoing routine testing for a urology condition. That’s when an MRI revealed a large tumor – a 2-cm macroadenoma – leaning on my optic nerve. Untreated, this growth could have led to vision loss and other serious problems. But thankfully, I found myself under the expert care of neurosurgeon Dr. Jonathan Martin and all of the other caring professionals at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
My parents, Ken and JoAnn, were as shocked as I was to hear the diagnosis. After all, I was
an active 17-year-old with no physical complaints to suggest a tumor growing in my pituitary gland, a gland located at the base of the skull between the optic nerves. In January 2012, I underwent endoscopic surgery, the current state-of-the-art approach to pituitary tumors, which provides a less invasive approach than traditional methods. For Dr. Martin, it provided better visualization during tumor resection, and for patients like me, less pain and discomfort.
I was able to return to school the first week of February and, after a few months, I enjoyed a full recovery – no dizziness or lingering effects. Today, as an 18-year-old college freshman at Seton Hall University (I have not yet declared my major but am on a pre-med track), I enjoy all my favorite activities without restriction.
Dr. Martin and his team are fabulous and I’m glad I got the chance to meet them, even under the circumstances. Last year, some 310,000 child care visits took place at Connecticut Children’s, mine among them. I am so happy that this incredible resource – the only freestanding children’s hospital between Boston and Philadelphia – is available to provide children throughout our region with the best care possible.
As a not-for-profit organization, Connecticut Children’s relies on gifts from donors to advance the clinical programs and services that are vital to the families of our region. Won’t you please consider making a gift today? Your donation ensures that children of all ages – even older “kids” like me – receive the care they deserve, each and every day.
Margaret (Margie) Kuntz
A very grateful patient