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Undiagnosed episode 1: "The caretaker"

March 06, 2023

On average, it takes nine to fifteen years of untreated illness to be diagnosed with and treated for a Primary Immunodeficiency. Recent studies estimate that 70 - 90% of those with PI do not yet have a diagnosis.

You’re listening to Undiagnosed – an Immune Deficiency Foundation podcast. These are the true stories of the harrowing journey to diagnosis.

Imagine an energetic young girl. As the oldest of four children under the age of five, she’s the caretaker of her siblings. She’s a bit of a teacher’s pet, and has an inquisitive mind. She does well in school despite being constantly on the move as the daughter of a Naval officer. She’s the type of child who goes ice skating in the winter and eats carrots straight from the garden. You’d likely never assume that a debilitating illness would alter every aspect of that young girl’s life – because that illness is invisible to everyone but her.

For that energetic young girl, much of the story of her life would be colored by missed opportunities for proper care… by a complex web of unrelated but entangled health issues that pointed to a larger problem no one would understand for more than six decades.

That young girl is Sandy. This journey is hers.

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