I had a life changing diagnosis of Wilson's disease at the age of 24. I received my official Wilsons Disease diagnosis November 3rd, 2016. It honestly took me a few months to grasp what I had just been diagnosed with; I felt relieved that I finally had an answer as to what was causing my symptoms. If it wasn't for my optometrist, I am not sure I would have ever been diagnosed. He noticed color differences in my eyes that were not normal. My symptoms were severe. I was too scared to go to the doctor as I was struggling to walk, talk and swallow.
Now, I feel ridiculous about avoiding the doctor. As a nurse, I encourage my patients not to ignore their symptoms on a daily basis.
My official diagnosis took only two weeks - how incredible! I had learned about Wilson's disease in nursing school, but never once thought I would be diagnosed.
I want to raise more awareness with this rare disease to save lives and hopefully some day find a cure!
Please come and support me and the Wilson's Disease Organization.