Convexity Meningioma | A Hollywood Stuntwoman's Story

Author: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Sometimes people get intimidated going to such a big institution like Johns Hopkins. And some people don't wanna make that trip or travel. It was the best decision I've ever made in my life. In my life. I wouldn't change anything. My name is Jill Brown and I live in Los Angeles, California. I am a professional stunt woman. I doubled Jennifer Lopez for six years.

JLo and JBro hanging out. I think I had to fall out of that roof at some point. I did 30 Rock for seven years, doubled Tina Fey, and also stunt coordinated that. When I started, I would say yes to every job.

They want me to jump off a building, they want me to run through fire, they want me to jump out of a helicopter? Yes, I'll do it, I'll do it. April 1st, 2012, April Fool's Day, we were shooting a movie called Now You See Me. It was the last shot of the last day of the filming. And we were doing fancy driving for the past six weeks. Sliding around corners, reverse 180s.

I was sliding around trucks. The director said, I want you to follow the car in front of you. No matter what he does, you get right on his bumper. We slide around the first corner, take the second corner. He loses control and hits a wall. Spins into my lane, I nail him.

Convexity Meningioma | A Hollywood Stuntwoman's Story

I have nowhere else to go. I get a CT scan. The scan comes back. The physician's assistant says to me, this was the most surreal moment of my life, she says you may or may not have a concussion. But what you do have Is a significant mass on your frontal lobe.

You need to see a specialist, you need to see a neurologist. I went to see him the next day. He said, you have a convexity meningioma.

Still, I've no idea what this means. I took the images out, and I looked at them on the subway. The tumor was massive, it was the size of a tangerine. We had a very good family friend who had successful brain surgery at Johns Hopkins. I researched everything about Hopkins. I researched everything about this neurosurgery department and what procedures they do. And then I wrote the letter.

And I said I'm a stunt woman. I have bionic reflexes. My impulse control is my career. Can you bring me back to this? And can you save me? It was the best decision I've ever made in my life. In my life. I wouldn't change anything. I would fly there if I lived in Pakistan. I would go anywhere in the world to go to Johns Hopkins.

So will you text me when you're getting off the plane? Will you give me the text play-by-play? My sister is gonna fly in from Oakland. And I told my sister they don't know if we should operate. Or do we watch and wait? Kelly goes, get it done. Get it done. You got this. This is my sister! Everything's good. I'm all good. [laugh].

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By: Johns Hopkins Medicine