Meet Erin Raftery
Since before Erin Raftery could even talk, she was dealing with problems in her health. From a battle with leukemia to cardiac conditions, Erin has had to adapt her lifestyle to her health, and that made Erin a stronger and more accomplished young adult than her wildest dreams.
Yes, I spent a lot of my teenage years in outpatient care at pediatric hospitals.
When I was eighteen months old, I was diagnosed with leukemia and received chemotherapy until I was three years old. The chemotherapy caused me to have several after effects. The first was diagnosed while I was still receiving chemo, and that would be Cardiomyopathy.When I was ten years old, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. When I was a sophomore in high school, my heart condition worsened and turned into a condition called Dilated Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. Also in high school, I was diagnosed with asthma. And lastly, when I was sixteen years old, I was diagnosed with primary ovarian failure.
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Meet Emily Levy
After years of mysterious illness symptoms and suffering, Emily Levy was finally given a diagnosis of neurological Lyme disease, but that did not stop Emily for achieving her dreams. Now as a successful boss lady and creator of the company Mighty-Well, Emily has decided to take her experience and give back to others in the invisible illness community.
My name is Emily Levy and I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Mighty Well. We create stylish and functional medical accessories.
I am a graduate from Babson College and I have severe chronic neurological Lyme disease. I first got sick in 7th grade, but because I never had a “bulls eye” rash, doctors misdiagnosed me with acute mono.
Over the next seven years, ten different doctors misdiagnosed me.
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