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Dawn Burley, Student and non-profit caseworker

Patient Stories: Dawn Burley

I would have always pressure in my face, just constant to the point where if I ever touched it or someone else touched my face, it would be painful. I also would have just kind of constant stuffiness. I had a really hard time going to sleep, falling asleep. I would always wake up kind of coughing, feeling like I couldn't breathe.

Like, I would wake up every morning and kind of really slowly open my eyes and wonder if it was going to be a good day or if it was going to be a bad day. I actually was super-apprehensive about moving to the city in the first place because of my symptoms. For the first three years of living here it was a huge struggle. I mean, any time I would go on the subway -- just the pollution and the dirt and the lack of oxygen -- I immediately would feel myself getting more and more congested.

Because my sinus pressure would always lead to headaches I was told that maybe I had tension migraines, maybe I had allergies, maybe I had just some sort of chronic sinus infection.
So for a really long time I would use nose sprays because that was the only thing that would somewhat alleviate the symptoms, although it wouldn't make it go away. And I got a lot of sinus infections, so I would, from time to time, take antibiotics for that.

I feel like I've had a lot of moments over the years where I have either thought to myself or said out loud, "I will do anything -- I will do absolutely anything -- to not feel this way for one more second."
So I heard about the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure and just got really excited because it sounded like exactly what I wanted. And I always had said if I could just open it up and, like, take all the stuff out of my sinuses, just drain my face, that would make me feel so much better. So I talked to Dr. Silvers about the procedure. And I was really excited about the idea of having a solution.

As far as the procedure goes, it's really fast. I was done within a half hour. It doesn't hurt at all. It's just a moderate pressure, which in no way compares to the pressure that I was feeling on a regular basis.

Since the Balloon Sinuplasty I feel amazing. I think I actually didn't know how good I could feel until now, because it's actually been so long that I've had these symptoms that I've forgot what it was like to just feel normal. So I can breathe much better. I sleep much better. I wake up more well-rested, even when I get less sleep somehow.

I really like to run, to work out. And now I'm able to do those things until my body gets tired, as opposed to feeling limited by not being able to breathe. I just feel so much better. I have so much more energy. And it's so fun to feel like I'm just me again.

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