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“ I went to the ER nine times for these different symptoms. I was just searching, trying to figure out what was wrong with me.”

Phillips first noticed a strange set of persistent symptoms three years previously when she was a seemingly healthy FGCU student studying biology. It began with memory loss and fatigue.

She graduated with her bachelor’s in biology in 2014 and moved on to graduate school at California State University-Long Beach to study biochemistry. When she moved across the country, the strange symptoms moved with her. During the next two years, Phillips dealt with rage, back pain and obsessive-compulsive thoughts.

“It was becoming really debilitating and I ended up leaving my graduate program after two years,” Phillips says. She moved home to Florida.

By the time she was 26, Phillips had been sick for four years. She’d seen cardiologists, rheumatologists, neurologists, allergists and more. No one could tell her what was wrong. Family members and doctors suggested it could be tied to anxiety.

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