Day 22 – Dr. Pilar Bradshaw

I first met Dr. Bradshaw on my 19th birthday.  I was a freshman in college and I had been having really bad headaches.  I finally went to the health center on February 24th and the doctor there found evidence that I could possibly have a brain tumor.  She recommended that I see my primary doctor to have it further checked out.  My regular doctor, Dr. Roe wasn’t going to be in the office the next day, so I was scheduled to meet with Dr. Bradshaw.  My dad came and picked me up in Corvallis and we headed to Eugene and a birthday spent in various doctor’s offices.  To make a long story short, Dr. Bradshaw checked me out, sent me off to an MRI and ended up saying, “Goody gum drops… you don’t have a tumor… ”  I’ll never forget that she said, “goody gum drops.”

I ended up having pseudotumor cerebri, which is a much less scary diagnosis than a brain tumor.  Dr. Bradshaw gave me my first lumbar puncture (spinal tap) on my birthday and I ended up getting a couple more puncutures and treating it with medications.  Dr. Bradshaw was so amazingly supportive and understanding during this whole scare.  She has been my doctor ever since.  So what if she’s a pediatrician… she says I’m her favorite (and oldest) patient.  Why should I find someone new when I love her so much?  I suppose I’ll find another doctor when I have my own kids to take to see Dr. Bradshaw.

Dr. Bradshaw is also a very accomplished violinist.   “Her violin performance studies at the University of Oregon began at age eleven with concertmaster of the Eugene Symphony, Lawrence Maves. She attended the University of Oregon as a National Merit Scholar, where she was a Ruth Lorraine Close music scholarship recipient and concerto soloist. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (Oregon Six), Senior Woman of the Year, and female valedictorian. Afterwards she studied violin performance with Sir Trevor Williams at the Royal College of Music in London and attended the Aspen Summer Music School on scholarship to work in the studio of Dorothy DeLay. Her recordings include the Grammy winning Penderecki Credo and Schubert Mass in A-Flat Major with the Oregon Bach Festival. She plays the violin made by her great grandfather, Carl C. Holzapfel, which won the gold medal at the 1926 Sesquicentennial International Competition in Philadelphia.” – Bio on Chamber Music Amici website

Dr. Bradshaw has been there for me many times in my life and I admire her very much.



Filed under People, People who have healed me

4 responses to “Day 22 – Dr. Pilar Bradshaw

  1. Thanks for the extremely kind words. Your enthusiasm and kind heart have always set you apart, and I hold you dear to me. It’s a distinct honor and pleasure to take care of people like you. Your future is bright….have fun in your 30’s. The best is yet to come.
    Dr B

  2. I just found this, I took the first 2 pics of Pilar…”goody gum drops” would stick with me too! She is a total sweetheart!

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