Nahunta’s Taylor Johns Gowen graduates with M.D. degree from Mercer Univ.’s medical school
By MYRA THRIFT
MACON — Taylor Johns Gowen has always believed in chasing dreams.
During elementary, middle and high school in Brantley County, Taylor was a hard-working gymnast who dreamed of one day earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
And she had everything going for her — talent, strength, a competitor’s will and the faith she could one day match her skills against the best. She competed at numerous levels and brought home a host of trophies, plaques and ribbons as a youth, growing in her chosen sport.
But at the age of 12, Taylor began to experience problems with her health, specifically the motor skills critical to being a gymnast. She was diagnosed with Chiari malformation type III, a congenital brain anomaly involving structural defects in the cerebellum, the portion of the organ that controls movement and balance.