"I am as positive as I can be. My disease may very well kill me before I am 25" says a teen to her much younger and very surprised interviewers.
Mitochondrial disease is an inherited, chronic illness that can be present at birth or develop later in life. Symptoms can be mild, such as tiredness or weakness, or they can be severe, such as poor growth, loss of muscle coordination, muscle weakness and pain, seizures, vision and/or hearing loss, gastrointestinal issues, learning disabilities, and organ failure. Approximately 1 in 4,000 people have "Mito." There is no cure, but there are treatments that can help with the symptoms.
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