19-year-old Sophie Houghton-Hinks reminisced the horrible moments of her life when she was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. After treating the autoimmune disease and saving the liver, the girl was shocked with the new condition – 6 types of cancer around the body.
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis is a type of autoimmune disease when your liver bile ducts get inflamed and lose the ability to transfer the liquid causing it to accumulate in the liver.
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The symptoms may not reveal for years until the disease will require the liver transplant. In some instances, the surgery is necessary only after 15 years of liver malfunction. Unfortunately, no one gave so much time for 16-year-old Sophie.
On the verge of dying
She required transplantation. Her liver was collapsing, so the new organ had to be found soon. Luckily, the ideal donor was reported to be available pretty quick, providing the necessary cells for Sophie.
Two weeks of accustoming medication allowed the teenager to continue her careless life. However, there was worse yet to come.
A few weeks later she was hospitalized with viral meningitis that was successfully treated in at the Royal Free Hospital, until in October 2017, she was taken to hospital again. Her stage four Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder transformed into cancer in her throat, lungs, liver, spleen, abdomen, and brain.
This was the moment when she began exhausting chemotherapy:
I had horrendous side effects, from burning sensations in my hands and feet, to my stomach and bowels shutting down. I suffered from mucositis badly, from ulcers in my mouth to it spreading to my stomach and bowels, which caused me to be rushed to intensive care.
Luckily, the story found its happy end half a year after. Sophie is currently in remission and works hard on spreading the awareness about the initial cause of the problem – Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. One of her fund-raising campaigns collects resources to spread the information about the condition of her personal experience.
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