Hello! My name is Ariel, and, yes, I was named after The Little Mermaid. I’m 23 years old, and I hail from Chicago, Illinois. Last June, I graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in both mathematics (eek!) and Spanish. I recently decided not to pursue a career in either of these subjects, however, so I’m currently following my other passions – reporting, writing and sports – by getting my masters in journalism at Georgetown University. My hobbies include running, baking, playing and watching sports and eating good food!
I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus three months after I was born and had my VP shunt installed shortly thereafter. My parents were (and still are) very cautious so I grew up knowing there might be things I wouldn’t, and couldn’t, do. But I’m here to share with you all the great and wonderful things that can be accomplished and also the ways to handle the struggles that come with hydrocephalus.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions! You can comment on my blog post on the website or on Facebook. And please follow me on Twitter: ariel_yong. I’d love to hear from you! Don’t forget to use #TalkTTC. Let’s make some Twitter noise.