RISING ABOVE THE PAIN; TRAFFIC ACCIDENT POINTS VALENCIA WOMAN TOWARD L.A. MARATHON WALK.Byline: Scott Magoloff Staff Writer
VALENCIA - Brianne Siddall Brianne Chierighino Siddall (Born August 25, 1963 in West Virginia) is a voice actress. She is usually cast in the short kid role of a timid young boy. She was also a voice actress during the Power Rangers Chierighiano never even considered participating in the L.A. Marathon. It took a life-altering car accident to foster this desire, which has her wanting to walk Sunday's event, which begins at 8 a.m.
Chierighiano suffered a herniated disc Noun 1. herniated disc - a painful rupture of the fibrocartilage of the disc between spinal vertebrae; occurs most often in the lumbar region
ruptured intervertebral disc, slipped disc
rupture - state of being torn or burst open in her neck when another car rear-ended hers on the 101 Freeway on July 12, 1996. In the process of earning her master's degree master's degree
An academic degree conferred by a college or university upon those who complete at least one year of prescribed study beyond the bachelor's degree.
Noun 1. at Loyola Marymount, her career and life goals were drastically changed that day.
``I thought I'd be back at work on Monday and it happened on a Friday,'' Chierighiano said. ``As each day passed I was not getting better. I was in the most unimaginable pain. Then about three weeks later I was in bed watching the Olympics and it felt like someone took a machete and cut off my head.''
Chierighiano was rushed to the hospital, where she learned about the herniated disc, which caused her spinal cord spinal cord, the part of the nervous system occupying the hollow interior (vertebral canal) of the series of vertebrae that form the spinal column, technically known as the vertebral column. to flatten flatten - To remove structural information, especially to filter something with an implicit tree structure into a simple sequence of leaves; also tends to imply mapping to flat ASCII. "This code flattens an expression with parentheses into an equivalent canonical form." from its normally round shape. She spent the next six days in traction, hoping for the best before submitting to surgery a few months later.
The procedure she endured had serious ramifications ramifications npl → Auswirkungen pl regardless of the results. She said doctors told her the spinal-fusion procedure - during which a piece of her hip bone was fused fuse 1 also fuze
1. A cord of readily combustible material that is lighted at one end to carry a flame along its length to detonate an explosive at the other end.
2. onto the affected area - could only have three possible results: success, limiting her pain; she could have been left a paraplegic paraplegic /para·ple·gic/ (-ple´jik)
1. pertaining to or of the nature of paraplegia.
2. an individual with paraplegia. or she could have died.
``Three years after the surgery, it's a lot better,'' Chierighiano said. ``I still have pain in my arm and around my legs and that will always be, but now it's just a matter of pain management, physical therapy and exercise.
``But I'm walking and I never thought I'd do a marathon before. I could have. I was always athletic, but I just never thought of it. After the accident I could barely walk to the bathroom, so I thought, well, I don't want to just walk for nothing. Let me try to raise money for spinal cord injury Spinal Cord Injury Definition
Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes loss of sensation and motor control.
Approximately 10,000 new spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur each year in the United States. research.''
Chierighiano has already raised about $1,500 for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and she is still accepting donations. She is unsure of how she should react when her day Sunday is complete, considering she doesn't know if she will be able to finish the marathon.
``I'm just fortunate enough to get as far as I get,'' she said. ``Another part of me would be angry because I know I could have finished it (before the accident). I have to fight through so much pain every day, I know I can fight in the marathon. I think I can do it.''
Chierighiano also thought she could get her master's in counseling. She had been in a two-year program at Loyola Marymount, where she was studying art therapy. It would prepare the artist, who graduated magna cum laude cum lau·de
adv. & adj.
With honor. Used to express academic distinction: graduated cum laude; 25 cum laude graduates. from Cal State Northridge, to do counseling at nights and on the weekends.
She said it was a 13-year ordeal ordeal, ancient legal custom whereby an accused person was required to perform a test, the outcome of which decided the person's guilt or innocence. By an ordeal, appeal was made to divine authority to decide the guilt or innocence of one accused of a crime or to to earn her bachelor's degree, as she always had a job while she was attending classes. All of those years were spent leading up to her studies at Loyola Marymount, where it all came crashing down.
Now, Chierighiano focuses on her career as a voice-over actress. She has done work on the film ``Tarzan,'' the show ``Touched by an Angel'' and the cartoon ``Digimon.'' At first, the fact that she wouldn't be able to work as a counselor upset her, although she has come to terms with it.
``I would have loved to have done that work to help people,'' she said. ``I'm finding out now that there's other ways to help people. It was sad. It was very hard. I felt somewhat disconnected, but I had to turn things around.''
And she has, regardless of where or when or if she finishes the L.A. Marathon.
Name: Brianne Siddall Chierighiano
Obstacle: Spinal cord injury resulting in constant pain
Charity: Already raised $1,500 for National Spinal Cord Injury Association and still accepting donations
Box: Chierighiano File (see text)