Short Story: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

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“Being sick wasn’t the worst part,” Stephanie recalls a little bitterly. ”The worst part was not being able to do anything while the other kids got to play.” She didn’t get sad or down on herself when she had to stop pursuing her dreams of being a ballerina, she became angry. The more her sickness affected her, the harder she fought to get better. “I could have let being sick get me down and ruin my life, but that’s not how I want to live. I’m going to have a good life no matter how hard I have to fight for it.” Stephanie has Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. P.O.T.S. interrupts your bodies’ automatic functions such as blood flow, digestion, and immune system. She has been hospitalized numerous times for various sicknesses over the years, starting at four years old. Because her immune system is compromised, she caught salmonella poisoning while eating out with her family while on vacation in Germany. They all shared the same dishes, but Stephanie was the only one to get sick. She was in the hospital for over a week. Most people never get it once. Stephanie has had salmonella poisoning three times. …show more content…

She needed to find a new doctor because of moving, and after some research she found Dr. Choi. She smiles happily saying “The day I met Dr. Choi Changed my life.” He was the first doctor to go back to the beginning and rerun all new testes for her. “He is the only doctor that never stopped believing in me.” Dr. Choi is a functional doctor and a chiropractor. He started Stephanie on some natural remedies that help repair her stomach. All the years on medications had destroyed her stomach. Her body didn’t absorb nutrients like it should, which lead to her losing 40 pounds in 3 months. “I started being happier and less bitter. I didn’t notice it at first but life was getting better.” Once her gut was working properly again, Dr. Choi moved on to all the areas of her body that needed

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