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swimr4life
August 19th, 2005, 10:39 AM
There is a wonderful article on Swininfo about Marin Morrison. She is a 14 year old swimmer that I have had the priviledge to coach on the Collins Hill High School team. She is truly an inspiration to all that meet her.

She was diagnosed last year with a brain tumor. She had the tumor removed and was SWIMMING AGAIN IN 3 WEEKS! Nothing gets this girl down. She has one of the most positive can-do attitudes I've ever seen!

Unfortunately her tumor has grown back. She has had to endure another surgery and is recovering in the hospital now. She is suffering with right side paralysis and numbness which we all hope and pray is temporary.

Now for my selfish plea.....

Please go to swiminfo.com and read her story. Follow the link and post a message for Marin on her caringbridge website (a wonderful website devoted to keeping friends and family posted on the patient's progress). Her guestbook is impressive with posts from swimmers of all levels from all over the world. I would love for Masters swimmers to bombard her site with well wishes and prayers.

Please spread the word and keep Marin and her family in your prayers. Pass this story on to others too. She needs us to show her that swimming is one big family that will support her every step of the way in her recovery.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart!,
Beth McGee :D

Karen Duggan
August 19th, 2005, 11:39 AM
I'm going there now Beth :p

FindingMyInnerFish
August 19th, 2005, 02:09 PM
Hello Beth,

Tried the caringbridge site but could not bring up Marin Morrison (could just be I made a typo). Would you be able to post a link?

Thanks much!

USMSarah
August 19th, 2005, 03:02 PM
thank u for notifiying us of this story... i will go and write her.

fatboy
August 19th, 2005, 03:03 PM
Here's a link

http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/9940.asp

swimr4life
August 20th, 2005, 01:06 AM
Here is a link to Marin's site:
http://www.marinmorrison.org/

Thank-you to those who have posted messages on her guestbook. It takes a very long time for it to download so, don't give up. Her guestbook is very inspiring to read through....well worth the time.

FindingMyInnerFish
August 20th, 2005, 04:54 PM
Thanks for the links! I went and posted a message, and I wish her healing!

tjburk
August 22nd, 2005, 02:06 PM
Done Deal...thanks Beth!!!

swimr4life
August 22nd, 2005, 10:25 PM
Here is the latest on Marin. She remains paralyzed on her right side. Hopefully, this is temporary. We are all hoping and praying it is. After you read today's post, you will see why I ask you to leave her a message.......


Journal

Monday, August 22, 2005 7:21 PM CDT

Hi everyone,

It's been one week since her latest surgery, and this Monday was back to work day for Marin here at Scottish Rite. Feeling much better than she did Sunday, she went through her many sessions of rehab and while she may not be making a fast physical recovery, she is making progress. Right now she's learning to function with her right arm and leg paralyzed... getting dressed, tying shoes, moving from bed to a wheel chair... all huge challenges when half her body just won't function. Marin is facing her difficulties with great courage and is giving her best effort when attempting to stand and walk in a walker. She's not able to move or sense touch on her right side but she seems to be more and more sensitive to her muscles when we stretch. She is able to press with her right hip and upper right leg and the strength in that area has improved since we first noticed movement a couple days ago, so that's encouraging. Her smile is also returning to her right side more than it was last week. Marin's attitude remains positive but she struggles with sadness at various points during the day. One sure way to cheer her up is when we read the messages on her guestbook to her. Thank you to all of you who continue to pray and take the time to write uplifting messages... your loving contributions are definitely having a positive affect and we appreciate this deeply.

~The Morrison family

swimr4life
August 24th, 2005, 10:25 AM
GREAT NEWS!!!

Marin is doing better. She walked down the hall at the hospital (with 2 therapist's assistance and a walker). She remains paralyzed on her right side but has some promising signs of recovery. They told her yesterday that she would get to go to a nearby pool for therapy very soon. She is ecstatic to be able to get back in the water. Hopefully this will help her recover.

Please take the time to send her well wishes. She needs our encouragement.

Before her brain tumor was diagnosed, Marin was well on her way to reaching her Olympic dreams in swimming! She had already broken Amanda Weir's 100 free record. (Amanda just recently placed first at Nationals in the 100 free and was a member of the 2004 Olympic Team.)

Marin has not given up on achieving her dreams and really needs us swimmers to encourage her along the way. PLEASE send her a note of encouragement. Here are the links:

http://www.MarinMorrison.org
http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/9940.asp Swimming World Magazine news about Marin
http://www.ajc.com/highschool/content/sports/highschool/0305/22swim.html AJC
http://www.fastpages.com/marin Support Marin Donation Page

Sonic Swimmer78
August 24th, 2005, 11:16 AM
That's really touching. I know swimming plays a very important role in many's lives. It plays an important role in my life and hearing about young Marin's story has left me teary eyed.

I am praying that she has a quick recovery and that her paralysis is temporary. She is indeed an inspiration to many. God bless you, Marin Morrison.

swimr4life
August 24th, 2005, 01:15 PM
Sonic,
Thank-you for your prayers for Marin. She is truly my hero. Please post a message to her on her site. It will mean a lot to her and her parents.

pmbchill
August 24th, 2005, 05:37 PM
Thank you for the info. Marin is quite an amazing child.

swimr4life
August 28th, 2005, 11:00 PM
Today's post on Marin's site.....PLEASE SIGN HER GUESTBOOK!! She needs our encouragement

Journal

Sunday, August 28, 2005 8:11 PM CDT

Happy Sunday -

Schedules on Sunday are a lot toned down here on the 4th floor at Scottish-Rite. Marin did about 3 hours of therapy this morning. We also went to the little church service that they hold here. It was inspiring and they prayed for complete recovery for Marin.

Marin continues to show progress with strength in the right leg. The arm hasn't reponded yet. Today we decided to write down one thing everyday that she accomplished that she couldn't do the day before. We are also going to have weekly goals. I've decided that tomorrow I'm going to bring my blender down so that I can make her whey protein shakes after radiation each day. This hospital staff is going to think we are nutty but who cares!! If anyone knows of any food, etc. that might be benificial during radiation and chemo, send it to us on the guestbook.

Marin continues to ask when she is going to be able to swim and tears up. This is when we decided to set our daily goals towards getting back in the pool.

Your words of encouragement mean more to us than you could ever, ever imagine. Please keep them coming and we are focused on getting to know as many of you as possible when all Marin's treatments are done. Now we are focused on healing and recovering.

Here's to moving full speed ahead!!

Marin and Nancy


Links:

http://www.MarinLove.com (for now, redirects to CaringBridge.org site.)
http://www.MarinMorrison.org
http://www.choa.org/default.aspx?id=40 Directions to Scottish Rite
http://www.fastpages.com/marin Support Marin Donation Page
http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/lane9/news/9940.asp Swimming World Magazine news about Marin
http://www.ajc.com/highschool/content/sports/highschool/0305/22swim.html AJC article

Fred Johnson
August 28th, 2005, 11:21 PM
I just read this post after receiving some bad health news about my cousin. This young woman's story gave me a much needed lift. Good luck to her for a speedy and full recovery and pray for her family to continue to find strength to support her.

Take care.

swimr4life
November 16th, 2006, 12:03 AM
I had to share an awesome update on Marin!!!! She is swimming and COMPETING again. She can only swim with one arm but that doesn't stop her. She just recently swam in her High School State Meet in the para-athlete division and did great! She was the only girl competing and still placed 3rd and 5th out of 7 despite a round of chemo the week leading into the meet!!! There is a video of her competing at a hs dual meets on You tube. I can't get the link to work but if you go to www.youtube.com then type in "Super Marin! Juanita vs. Eastlake - September 29, 2006" in the search you will find it. She is a very courageous young lady! She was definitely on the road to the Olympics before this awful brain tumor. Despite swimming with one arm in the video, you can get a glimpse of her beautiful backstroke form. Please take time and post a message of encouragement on her website. www.marinlove.com has a link on it to her caringbridge website. Here is another great story that was written about her. http://swimming.about.com/od/injuryandrecovery/a/henderson_marin.htm In case you haven't been following Marin, she is a very courageous young lady! Let's show her the supportive spirit of Masters Swimming!

swimr4life
November 17th, 2006, 09:04 AM
This is what I call inspirational! Go to this site and read the article on my hero. Marin Morrisson. www.komotv.com/news/4616302.html
If she inspires you, please sign her guestbook and show her that us Masters are behind her!

swimr4life
November 17th, 2006, 09:14 AM
Watch the video and I guarantee you will be inspired. Just click on the link on the article and grab a box of Kleenex. You'll see why I love her so much!

swimr4life
November 17th, 2006, 03:36 PM
BUMP......just wanted to make sure everyone saw this.

swimr4life
November 22nd, 2006, 12:38 PM
This is off of Marin's website. GOOD NEWS!!!!:applaud:
Please write her a short note of encouragement!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:01 AM CST


Tuesday's appointment with a neurologist at Children' Hospital went well as we were able to begin getting an idea of how to look forward from here. It's strange that this was our first meeting with an actual neurologist since we moved to Seattle. We had seen other in the neurology department, but they were nurse practitioners and we had to keep pounding on the door to see an actual specialist. Our concern has been Marin's medications; what's still necessary and what changes might be needed as we go forward. Essentially, the doctor confirmed that her two primary medications to prevent seizures were still necessary and the supplements she's taking seem to be in good balance. One concern is how the long-term use of some of these seizure drugs could affect her liver, so we'll be monitoring that.

After the appointment (rather early in the AM) Marin enjoyed a good long nap (something we all need now and again!). She worked with therapists in the afternoon and with her teacher Ashley in the evening. And then Marin even learned something from Michael, the little man that Mom refers to as 'a jumping bean' decedided he needed to teach his big sis how to jump in the air. And to our amazement, Marin bent herself at the knees, with her brace on her right ankle and foot and launched herself up off the ground to the delight of us all! She got pretty good air, too. The giant smile on her face told us she was just as thrilled as we were. It's amazing how a such a little act can be so satisfying. It really was impressive and an indication that at least she has good strength in the muscles that are working in her right leg.

Looking for little leaps everyday,

Marin & Nancy, Matt, Camlyn & Spidey

In case you haven't seen the KOMO news story (it's really good), check it out on the web at:
http://www.komotv.com/news/4616302.html

FlyQueen
November 22nd, 2006, 02:44 PM
This is off of Marin's website. GOOD NEWS!!!!:applaud:
Please write her a short note of encouragement!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:01 AM CST


Tuesday's appointment with a neurologist at Children' Hospital went well as we were able to begin getting an idea of how to look forward from here. It's strange that this was our first meeting with an actual neurologist since we moved to Seattle. We had seen other in the neurology department, but they were nurse practitioners and we had to keep pounding on the door to see an actual specialist. Our concern has been Marin's medications; what's still necessary and what changes might be needed as we go forward. Essentially, the doctor confirmed that her two primary medications to prevent seizures were still necessary and the supplements she's taking seem to be in good balance. One concern is how the long-term use of some of these seizure drugs could affect her liver, so we'll be monitoring that.

After the appointment (rather early in the AM) Marin enjoyed a good long nap (something we all need now and again!). She worked with therapists in the afternoon and with her teacher Ashley in the evening. And then Marin even learned something from Michael, the little man that Mom refers to as 'a jumping bean' decedided he needed to teach his big sis how to jump in the air. And to our amazement, Marin bent herself at the knees, with her brace on her right ankle and foot and launched herself up off the ground to the delight of us all! She got pretty good air, too. The giant smile on her face told us she was just as thrilled as we were. It's amazing how a such a little act can be so satisfying. It really was impressive and an indication that at least she has good strength in the muscles that are working in her right leg.

Looking for little leaps everyday,

Marin & Nancy, Matt, Camlyn & Spidey

In case you haven't seen the KOMO news story (it's really good), check it out on the web at:
http://www.komotv.com/news/4616302.html

I've been following her story somewhat. What an awesome kid! Good to hear she is making progress!

swimr4life
December 14th, 2006, 02:23 PM
Marin is in the news again. Click the link below and be inspired! She is my hero!
:bow:

http://darynkagan.com/sports/stories/sp_061212_superteenswimmer.html

SwimStud
December 14th, 2006, 02:31 PM
Marin is in the news again. Click the link below and be inspired! She is my hero!
:bow:

http://darynkagan.com/sports/stories/sp_061212_superteenswimmer.html

My eyes welled up with that. Nice story Beth.

poolraat
December 14th, 2006, 02:44 PM
My eyes welled up with that.

I felt the same after watching the video. Thanks Beth.

tjburk
December 14th, 2006, 03:45 PM
Thanks Beth....glad to hear she is doing better....been off of here for a while and forgot about Marin's story....thank you for reminding me. She is truly an inspiration to us all. May God continue his work with her and her family!

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swimr4life
April 24th, 2007, 05:26 PM
I'm so extremely proud of Marin! She has proven once again what an enduring spirit she has. I've reprinted this article from Swimming World online. Those of you who have followed her story...read this and be amazed!

Jessica Long Highlights Great GTAC Disability Open/National Deaf Games Meet -- April 17, 2007

ROCHESTER, Michigan, April 17. SULLIVAN award winner Jessica Long provided one of the brightest of many inspirational performances at the GTAC Disability Open/National Deaf Games held April 13-15 in Rochester, Mich., on the campus of Oakland University.

Long set a pair of world records in the S8 division with wins in the 200 and 1500 free. Meanwhile, Marcus Titus, a deaf swimmer competing for the Pan American and World Deaf Championship Team, set four American records in the S15 class in the 50, 100 and 200 breast as well as the 50 fly. Additionally, Marin Morrison, a first-time Paralympic performer who had been a Junior National qualifier prior to suffering from a debilitating brain tumor, set American and Pan-American standards in the 50 back and 50 fly.

Special thanks to Cindy Millen for contributing this report.

knelson
April 24th, 2007, 05:48 PM
Thanks for reminding me, Beth. The Seattle Times had a recent article on Marin I meant to post here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003644878_marin31e.html

Karen Duggan
April 24th, 2007, 05:53 PM
Yea Marin :woot:

One for the non-juicin', life-tackling, good guys :)

Congratulations Marin :) You are truly inspirational!

CreamPuff
April 24th, 2007, 06:29 PM
Thanks Beth for posting this story. She is an amazing young lady.

Dominick Aielloeaver
April 24th, 2007, 10:32 PM
WOW, what a wonderful young lady. She did not give up on life. And contiunes to do the thing she liked best. If I could have a part of her heart , I would be a champ. DOM in AZ.:cool: :applaud:

swimr4life
April 3rd, 2008, 03:07 PM
It's been a long time since I posted anything about my hero. Marin Morrison is in Minneapolis this week and will be participating in the Para Olympic Trials on Friday and Saturday. Join us in wishing her all the best by going to her website and writing a note to her. :notworthy::cheerleader:

http://www.caringbridge.org/ga/marin/

If you havenít been keeping up, she is partly paralyzed on her right side. Since December she has been dealing with a lot of dizziness and nausea. Itís annoying for her at best and at worst, keeps her out of the pool some days and therefore not training. Sheís had tests and scans but doctors canít figure out why sheís having these symptoms.
SO, even with the dizziness and nausea, this powerful, strong willed young lady is going to fight her way into the Para Olympic games in Beijing, China this year. Please write her a note of encouragement and let her know that USMS is behind her all the way.

Below is the latest journal entry by her mother.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 4:18 AM CDT

Hi Everyone,

We can't even begin to express how much we appreciate all the notes of encouragement that we read here in Marin's guestbook every day, particurly this week. She had a good day Wednesday, spending most of her time simply relaxing and getting rest, or doing her best not to feel sick. On this day it was a success.
Marin's most troublesome issue right now is simply feeling well; she wakes up dizzy and does her best to take in the nutrition she needs daily. But she continues with an amazingly good attitiude. Marin received a care package that included some wristbands that are designed to off-set her naseau and while it's early, we choose to believe they're working. She's also wearing an eye-patch to compat her symptoms of double-vision. It's not flattering, but it's helping. Right now it's all about feeling as well as she can... the plan is to rise early Thursday, get to the pool as she'll need to Friday, get acclimated to the early schedule, and do her best.
The excitement of the event is intoxicating and we are all enjoying this lifetime event. We have a great appreciation for the fact that so many others are coming along with us and riding the emotional waves with us. Please know we are honored to share this all with you.

All the best,

Marin & Nancy, Matt, Camlyn & Michael

swimr4life
April 15th, 2008, 11:43 AM
MARIN DID IT!!!!!! :cheerleader: :cry: (Tears of joy)

SHE MADE THE US PARALYMPIC TEAM!!! I'm so proud and happy for her. It was tough on her due to competing with the dizziness and nausea, but she fought her way through and made it. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes!

Here is the announcement on her website:

Sunday, April 6, 2008 3:58 PM CDT


Beijing it is!

What a day it's been. We are awed to be able to tell everyone that Marin will represent the USA as a member of the 2008 Paralympic Swim Team in China this September. We gathered with other swimmers and supporters this morning at the Aquatics Center in Minneapolis where the team announcement was made. When Marin's name was announced, we were all amazed and overjoyed while Marin was absolutely thrilled. She walked up to the front of the room to take her place among her USA teammates and was beaming with a smile that will never fade. Along with coach Andy, and coach Kiko who is also US Team coach, we all had tears in our eyes as we witnessed Marin realize her dream of making it to the 2008 games. She stated that as her goal, even after she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and even when she was stricken with paralysis after surgery. And against some pretty incredible odds, Marin has done it. We're obviously so very proud and happy for her, and today, frankly, we're a bit blown away.

Since that moment it's been a whirlwind. After the announcement where each team member was introduced and given a USA hockey jersey with their name and 08 on the back, we began the process of getting ready for the long journey by filling out piles of paperwork. We are submitting two sets as Nancy has been named as a special assistant to the team and will travel along with Marin every step of the way. We were excited to learn that the team's pre-Olympic camp prior to the games will be held in beatuiful Okinawa, Japan (here we come, Oki Swim Mom) and not Korea as was previously stated.

The announcement was followed by a nice photo opportunity for the media and families and the happy, smiling faces of everyone in the room was just wonderful. Then, after a brief pause to check out of the hotel, the team was loaded on a bus and taken to the Minneapolis Metrodome where the US Paralympic Swim Team was honored before the game between the Twins and the Royals. Everyone on the team (including Nancy) surrounded the pitchers mound while a video ran on the stadium big screen TV's. Then one member, Justin Zook, threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the baseball game and the crowd gave the US team a standing ovation as they left the field, with a few of the Royals giving them pats on the back. It was a really cool scene and we were so proud that Marin was a part of it.

From the ballpark, it was quickly off to the airport where our friend Brett Cohn was a hero getting Marin & Nancy to their flight on time. Without much time to begin spreading the good news, calls and text messages of congratulations started coming in. We are so appreciative of the love and support and as we continue on this amazing journey with Marin. It's been a whirlwind weekend and we're all still spinning a little bit.

Thanks for being with us,

Marin & Nancy, Matt, Camlyn & Michael

mctrusty
April 15th, 2008, 11:52 AM
That's awesome.

:applaud:

CreamPuff
April 15th, 2008, 12:11 PM
Thanks for posting Beth.
Congratulations to Marin for this amazing accomplishment!!! :bow::bouncing:
I've missed you at mater's practices. I hope all is well with you and your family.

tjburk
April 15th, 2008, 01:25 PM
WOW!!! That is the true power of God working in her life!!!!

christineL
April 17th, 2008, 12:16 PM
:party2: Her story is wonderful.....I truly wish her the best of time over there!!!!

swimr4life
April 19th, 2008, 02:38 PM
WOW!!! That is the true power of God working in her life!!!!

Amen to that. LOTS of prayers were going out for her. She has a lot of faith and the will of a champion too.

swimr4life
September 4th, 2008, 12:42 PM
Marin is in Beijing for the Paralympic Games!!!:cheerleader: :party2: She is still fighting some dizziness and fatigue due to her tumor. Please keep her in your prayers. She has worked so hard to get to this point. Let's pray that she can get her strength back and feel good in Beijing!! Please go to her website, read her posts from Beijing and write her a note of encouragment!
http://www.caringbridge.org/ga/marin/

knelson
September 4th, 2008, 01:25 PM
That's awesome she was able to make it to Beijing. They have continued to cover her story on the local news in Seattle. A month or so ago they had a story about Marin and I was skeptical she'd be able to make the trip. She looked pretty weak. You've got to really hand it to this girl, she's tough!

edit: Let me rephrase that. She looked weak in body. Obviously strong in will.