Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Woman Parks In Handicap Spot, Comes Back To Find Note On Windshield.

Emergency Room Visits

Emergency Room Visits

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She had been rushed to A&E (accident and emergency) at Tenterden so many times that the nurses and doctors knew Yasmin, her family, and even her friends by name. No one had answers for her even after countless tests. Her mom had many disagreements with the doctors and pushed for every test they could perform. A majority of the tests came back fine. Finally, they got some answers.

Finally A Diagnosis

Finally A Diagnosis

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After the faint whispers of the word "hypochondriac" and repeated doctor visits, Yasmin was finally given the diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Her mother was relieved that she could finally stop searching for the cause of the symptoms. But they had never heard of it before. They wondered what it meant for Yasmin. Could she live a totally normal life? Was there a treatment for it?

Yasmin's Reality

Yasmin's Reality

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Although she was relieved with her diagnosis, Yasmin researched it to learn more. Even the simplest tasks can be exhausting with Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. She would have to get used being short of breath in her daily life. She took six months off work to get adjusted to her medication and to come to terms with her diagnosis. But there was one thing that worried her about having a lung disorder.

The Facts

The Facts

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A person born with Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension has a life expectancy of up to 17 years. But at 19, Yasmin has passed all of her doctor's expectations. “The diagnosis was a relief at first, but now it’s just difficult to live with. Now I’m on medication it's more manageable, I’ve actually had a pump fitted now which I have to take my medication though, it’s permanently attached to me.” Living a normal life as a teenager is challenging for Yasmin.

Quick To Judge

Quick To Judge

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Yasmin was hurt by the stranger's note left on her windshield. The blue badge that allowed her to park in a disabled spot was visible, but the passerby was quick to judge her. She was shocked that someone was trying to shame her after all she had been through in the last few years.

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