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Non-invasive Gamma Knife Targets Tremor With Precision

Barbara Mauro
Barbara Mauro
Diagnosed with essential tremor involuntary shaking more than a decade ago, Barbara Mauro retreated from her usually active life.

Over time, the shaking worsened, until she could not write. Even using a computer keyboard was difficult. "Socially, it was getting to be a problem," she recalls. "It was hard to go to lunch when you couldnt pick up a spoon."

Barbara is a member of the Crow Indian Nation and grew up on reservation land in Eastern Montana. She was living in Sequim, just before moving to Puyallup, when she saw an ad in the newspaper for South Sound Gamma Knife to help with essential tremor. "By the time I had the Gamma Knife procedure, I couldnt even sign in when I went to lunch with the Puyallup tribe," she explains.

Her Gamma Knife procedure was performed at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, the first hospital in the South Sound to introduce this leading-edge medical technology. "I was apprehensive beforehand," Barbara admits. "But it really was painless. In fact, I almost went to sleep. I dozed, but I was afraid to fall asleep I know I snore!"

Just five weeks later, she showed remarkable improvement. "Its great to be able to sign my name again," she explains. Today, shes enjoying her social connections. A Master Gardener, Barbara is also busy planning the garden for her new home.