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August 28, 2013

"God gave it to me for a reason": Gardendale teen recovers from brain tumor

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GARDENDALE —

Montgomery started a blog on July 6 detailing her experiences, including the joys and the difficult moments. She still updates it several times a week. Her purpose is simple: To help others.

“My mission from day one was to keep people updated, but my main goal was to help someone else,” she said. “(Having the tumor) has given me a platform to speak about it. God gave it to me for a reason.”

Montgomery now feels passionate about telling people to “be more aggressive with your health.” She herself ignored the headaches and other symptoms for a long time before going to the doctor.

In addition to her physical pain, it has been hard for Montgomery to watch others’ lives moving forward while she has been recovering from surgery. Through social media, she has watched her sorority sisters at the University of Alabama during rush week and other events.

“I hate to be missing (rush week) but I am counting down the days til I am back in Tuscaloosa with all of my sorority sisters,” she wrote on her blog on Aug. 17.

Montgomery is keeping her chin up, however. This semester, she is taking online classes in order to not fall behind at school. She is starting her sophomore year, where she is majoring in sports broadcasting.

She also spends much of her time encouraging others. Her blog always has a positive tone, even when she is having a hard day. Thousands of readers are following her posts, including people from at least 30 countries.

Montgomery welcomes questions about her experience, especially from people with pineal cyst tumors and their families. Email her at aemontgomery1@crimson.ua.edu or read her blog at annaelizmon.wordpress.com.

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