A high school senior’s self diagnosis turns out to hold true to the amazement of her doctors.
Wired PR News – A teenager correctly diagnosed her condition after doctors had reportedly misdiagnosed it for years. As reported by NBC Bay Area News, Jessica Terry, a high school senior examined slides of her intestinal tissue in her AP class, and identified her condition as Crohn’s Disease.
Terry, 18, is quoted in the report as stating to CNN affiliate KOMO, “It’s weird I had to solve my own medical problem… There were just no answers anywhere … I was always sick.”
As noted by NBC, Terry suffered from complications such as vomiting, weight loss, and diarrhea for years before learning what was wrong. She is further quoted as stating to the Sammamish Reporter of Crohn’s Disease, “Not knowing much about a disease you’re growing up with it is not only nerve-wracking, but it’s confusing.”
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center bowel disease specialist is quoted in the report as stating of the teen’s findings, “Granulomas are oftentimes very hard to find and not always even present at all… I commend Jessica for her meticulous work.”
Terry reportedly hopes to one day publish a book for kids on Crohn’s disease.
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