In a few weeks Shayne Jennison will journey to see a new doctor in the Midwest for treatment of his POTS. The acronym stands for an ominous sounding “Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.” There is no known cure, but there is hope. About 500,000 Americans suffer from the disease. It was first diagnosed as a medical condition in the US in 1998. We have a previous story
Shayne turned 15 this month.
Since the spring interview, Jennison returned to Wake Forest Medical Center. He has been referred for further treatment. Time will tell as to whether he is a candidate for another more experimental treatment that has shown positive results. In the meantime he has been producing and fielding You Tube videos. On July 23rd, he had a 12 -3:30 p.m. online show of various videos broadcast from his Slappy Cider website. He called the project “The Slappy Cider Film Festival.” Obviously “Slappy Cider” is his icon and website’s name. He has Slappy Cider Thursdays with videos most weeks.
To raise funds for his site, he is also selling Slappy Cider T-shirts. Featuring you guessed it “Slappy Cider.” On many days he has health problems that are debilitating, but he can work from the basic horizontal world he lives in using his computer. He is also on Facebook. Though Shayne cannot operate in the typical world the average Botetourt County teenager has, he is still reaching out often and with a sense of humor through the Internet.
Stay tuned for more as the Botetourt View will update his hopes after he returns from the next stage of medical care.