Unmasking Mast Cell Disease: Interview With a Survivor

I am so deeply moved by this interview with a Mast Cell Disease patient. She wants to be a doctor, but has missed too many classes due to her increasingly frequent anaphylactic shocks. She still keeps her dream alive though, that perhaps one day she may get this disease under control to be able to attend med school and adopt a child with special needs. Talk about a big heart!

What’s your excuse for not following through on a dream?

The Other Courtney

I saw her photos on Instagram and was immediately drawn to them. We had a lot in common, it seemed. We both owned chocolate labradoodles, had anaphylactic allergies, and lived in the Carolinas. The more I got to “know” Brynn Duncan, however, I realized that while we did have things in common, our lives were nowhere near similar.

Her photos were captivating and touching

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But equally heartbreaking

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I started feeling sympathy for this girl I had never actually met, and only interacted with in the form of “likes” and Instagram comments. The more I read about her constant anaphylactic reactions, hospital visits, feeding tubes, and seizures, the more curious I became about what type of illness she was dealing with.  As someone who has anaphylactic allergies and knows the physical, mental, and emotional toll they take on a person, I could hardly comprehend a disease that causes spontaneous anaphylaxis, sometimes…

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