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Pecatonica woman with rare genetic disorder refuses to let condition rule her life

Wednesday, November 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By: Kathleen Cohen

www.mystateline.com, 11/16/18

 

ECATONICA, Ill. - Her limbs tend to pop in and out. She's had multiple surgeries. And, she's hooked up to a central line feeding tube. But that isn't stopping April Wight from staying active and living a fulfilling life.

 

"My shoulders, they sublex on their own, in and out, in and out," 36-year-old Wight said. She has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissues.

 

"You're born with it," she said. "When I think back, there were clear signs. I was a little bit different. I have the hypermobile type, which is the most benign form. I'm hypermobile, so people will say I'm double-jointed."

 

Wight was officially diagnosed three years ago, when she went to the doctor for stomach and digestive problems.

 

A local geneticist conducted a series of tests, which led to tests at the Mayo Clinic, where a diagnosis of EDS was made.

 

Click here to read more about April Wight's story.


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