• Shauney Moen

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Shauney's Bio:
    I graduated from CSS in 2014 with a B.A. in psychology with a biology minor and completed the M.S. EXP program at CSS in 2015. I am now a 2nd year physical therapy student at CSS and I'm loving it! I chose St. Scholastica based on the welcoming environment. I played softball at CSS during my four years of undergraduate studies. I am now the Captain of the CSS Love Your Melon Crew and a PT club rep. I enjoy the company of my friends, being outside, playing volleyball, relaxing and my cat Mittens!

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    Freshman
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

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    Senior
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    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

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    Mora, MN
    Biology

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    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

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    Freshman
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    Junior
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    Senior
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    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

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    Junior
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    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Senior
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    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Accounting and Finance

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    Sophomore
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    Health Information Management

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    Graduate Student
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    M.S. Health Information Management

A Bump in the Road.. Or My Neck?

So in November, I felt a little bump in my neck that just felt like a swollen gland. However, it never really went away. Then, in late February it started to get bigger and bigger.

This is what it looked like when I went in for an appointment at St. Luke’s ENT Associates:

During my appointment, the ENT assess my mass and had a couple hypotheses, but ultimately needed to do a needle biopsy to help better diagnose what was going on. One thing about me is that I HATE needles, so here they come with this huge needle at my neck… that was an experience. So, what they determined from biopsy was that they were pretty sure it was a branchial cleft cyst, but needed imaging.

This is what my imaging looked like:

(The ping pong ball looking thing was my cyst)

So all in all I needed surgery (which I will talk about in my next post– this would be way too long if I wrote out my whole experience at once)

Now how did school fit into this?? When this was all going on (feeling sick, appointments, imaging, etc.), it was the middle of my spring midterms. I had 4 exams in 2 days, assignments, and practicals.. Needless to say, I was stressed to the max. However, my professors were very understanding when I was late to class for an appointment or needed to miss class due to being sick.

One perk for having a close relationship with my professors was that I sought advice for what providers to go to in the area and they were supportive in finding me the best care. Well, more next time!

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