Central Student Battles Rare Disease

$750 monthly shots, daily meds help him stay ‘normal’

ANTHONY JAMES , SENIOR REPORTER
The Observer
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
Central Washington University construction management student Sean Sommerville is one of 127 unique Americans.

At the age of 12, Sommerville was diagnosed with a rare disease called systemic mastocytosis, the symptoms of which include red spots covering the body with an attack similar to an allergic reaction, where one will break out in hives and often suffer a seizure. It’s not known what causes the attacks.

Sommerville lives with a disease that fewer than 500 people in the world have been diagnosed.

“Basically I try to live my life like a normal human being day to day,” Sommerville said.

But growing up was often a challenge. (read entire story)

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