By ERIK LINCOLN The Daily Sentinel
Monday, January 08, 2007
Despite facing numerous challenges in making it through high school, one Grand Junction teenager persevered, graduated early and will begin attending college this month.
Autumn Brown, 17, spent eight months during her freshman and sophomore years at Grand Junction High School with a cyst on her ovary, a painful and debilitating condition known as endometriosis.
She said she was in school about twice a week and felt as though her teachers didn't believe what she was telling them.
"I basically got my homework and left," Brown said. "People treated me like I was lying and like nothing was really wrong with me."
Her grades suffered from not being in class full-time, and classes where attendance was necessary, such as a science lab, couldn't be made up.
It took eight appointments and five doctors to finally diagnose Brown's condition, she said.