My daughter Megan Ginsberg was a four-year varsity player for Iowa City West Soccer from 2004-2008. After high school, she went on to letter four year in soccer at Simpson College.

On September 5, 2016, her brother died suddenly of an undetected heart disease. Then, six months after this tragic event, she was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma. Her brain tumor was the size of a walnut. Megan underwent a eight-hour surgery, which removed the tumor, but left Megan with hearing loss in her right ear.

Through all the adversity in her life, Megan has always kept her head up high. She is always worried how other are doing more than herself. She has learned that life is not fair, but it is good. I believe her experience as being a athlete taught her that.

Today, Megan lives in Waukee and works for Athletico Physical Therapy.

-submitted by Megan's mother, Lynne Ginsberg

The IGHSAU is committed to sharing the stories of high school female athletes. We believe a strong narrative can empower and inspire other females to try more, go the distance, and persevere in the face of hardship. That's why we want you -- parent, friend, athlete, coach -- to share the story of an Iowa Girl that inspires you. What makes their story special? What have they overcome or accomplished? Is there something beyond the sport that makes their story especially unique? We want to know.

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