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A Mother and Daughter's Personal Life Experiences

My daughter and I offer no medical advice... only personal experiences and advice from a child who has a VP shunt and through the eyes of a mother. We offer a "sounding board", love, hope, compassion, encouragement and comfort; a shoulder to cry on and ears to listen.

If you, or a loved one, is facing shunt placement, we encourage you to GET INFORMED! Establish a good rapport with your family doctor and neurosurgeon. Ask questions! Have no regrets.


I dedicate my website to Doctor John Parker Mickle, Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Research Faculty, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, and my daughter, Gina Marie.
The following "categories" of information was provided to me in 1978. It was the only information I had available to read while I waited through the initial shunt surgery of my two-week old daughter. I have referenced that information throughout this website and add links to information and resources I find. It is hoped that the more information I can provide, will give insight to VP Shunt recipients and their families. GET INFORMED!

"What is Hydrocephalus?"
"Causes, Signs and Symptoms"
"Diagnostic Tests and Descriptions"
"Shunt Systems and Placement"
Meet my daughter, Gina Marie
Visit Gina's Personal Homepage
Helpful Links and Websites
A Mother's Story
Gina and Dr. Mickle

Raising a child with a Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt (VP) implant.


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