Wilton teen whose illness stole memories makes new ones on 'wish' trip

Mark Mulholland
Updated: October 29, 2020 07:52 PM
Created: October 29, 2020 05:54 PM

WILTON - Caroline Laniewski spent much of her childhood dealing with seizures.

They started in kindergarten, as many as six a week, and they'd arrive at any time, without notice.


"When I had them it was very difficult, but I kind of forget what it was like honestly," said the now 18-year-old. "I tried to get that out of my brain."

"It was never predictable," said Caroline's father, Paul. "It was in class, it was at home, it was on the basketball court, it was whenever, and we would like for signs that would tell, so we could keep an eye on her, we want to be there to support her, but it was just random. And it was scary. As a parent it was really scary."

In the summer of 2018, doctors removed a part of her brain the size of a deck of cards.

Despite some continuing vision loss, she's doing well.

So here she was Thursday afternoon, heading on a weekend shopping and relaxation trip to New York City - Macy's, Abercrombie, Lululemon, and a massage.

When asked what they were most looking forward to Caroline smiled, "My massage."  

At first, Caroline didn't think she was deserving but her family convinced her otherwise.

She's never complained about her illness, and she thought "wish trips" were for other kids.

Younger brother, Frank, said his sister was reluctant to accept the trip."Her first words were, 'Why me?'"

"She was so concerned when she was granted a wish that she was taking a wish away from someone else," said Caroline's mother, Michelle Frollo. "Or that she didn't really deserve it for some reason. I don't think she realized how sick she was."

The illness caused Caroline to lose some memories. This weekend, thanks to Make-A-Wish, she's making new ones.

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