Concert Violist Returns to Her Passion After Brain Surgery
The thought of never playing the viola again was devastating for Monisa Angell of Brentwood, Tennessee.
In the summer of 2014, Monisa was diagnosed with a very large benign brain tumor. She and her husband David, both concert musicians, were both stunned and terrified. There were warning signs over the years that something was wrong. Monisa had constant migraines, sensitivity to light, but she never imagined just how severe the issue could be. She hit her breaking point when she developed a slight tremor in her hand, threatening her ability to play the viola.
That's when she went to go see Doctors Steven Abram and Paul Rosenblatt at Saint Thomas West in Nashville. The two doctors head up the UNITY System, a multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, and other clinicians who work together to find solutions for brain tumor patients.
Watch the story to find out how the UNITY team at Saint Thomas Health gave Monisa her life and career back.