Melanie Grover

January 16, 2008 8:20:14 PM PST
Melanie Grover is 14 years old and in the 10th grad at Texas City High School in Texas City. She started scouting as a Brownie and now is a senior scout earning the bronze and silver award. Currently, she is working on the gold award. Melanie is a Junior Varsity cheerleader and president elect of the Interact Club. She plays tennis at the Zina Garrison Tennis All Court Tennis Academy and recently qualified for the championship division for the USTA Junior League. Melanie has attended Camp Magic/Camp Oasis for the past six years.

Melanie's ulcerative colitis began when she was seven with stomach aches and occasional diarrhea. The symptoms continued off and on. The clinic, not knowing what it was, told her mother that "it's nothing, she will get over it." It still continued to be more frequent where she needed to lie down because of the stomach pain. Her mother requested a parasite test in 2001 and it came back negative. The colitis continued to worsen to where when she took a bite of food, she had to go directly to the bathroom and then to bed because of the pain. In January of 2002, Melanie was referred to Texas Children's Hospital, where she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.