My name is Beth Brownell and this is my daughter, Caroline. She has the GRIN2A mutation.


Caroline was born full-term with hardly any complications during birth. She started showing some health issues shortly after birth including swallowing difficulties and a heart murmur. She has also been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type I, Syringomyelia, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type III, PFAPA Syndrome, Epilepsy and many other related conditions including an expressive language disorder and an auditory processing disorder. 

Caroline has had two spinal cord surgeries and has been in speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy for most of her life. She was preverbal until she was four years old. 

Caroline is in the third grade and is doing her best with classroom accommodations. She enjoys participating with her Girl Scouts troop, going to the beach, being with her three sisters, and playing with her six dogs.