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A Young Mom's Battle With Rare Disease Is A Powerful Lesson In Perseverance

Oct 29, 2015 By Mary Madsen

Becoming a parent for the first time is an emotional rollercoaster. You're exhilarated and tired, ecstatic and blue, all at the same time, even if it all goes off without a hitch. If you end up suffering from Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), things are entirely more complicated.

GBS is a disorder wherein your immune system attacks your nervous system. People describe the symptoms as weakness or tingling beginning in the legs and spreading to the arms and upper body. Eventually, paralysis occurs and complications can arise from being unable to breathe, blood clots and more. The syndrome can affect anyone, although it is rare. While there is no cure, treatments exist to help patients return to normal in anywhere from a few weeks to a few years.

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