The 21-year-old Tessa Hansen-Smith from California — a rare illness called marine urticaria. From childhood, she suffers from a rare Allergy to water where everyday things are transformed into real torture in the blink of an eye. Cost the girl to sweat, to cry or just to take a shower, on the body there is a terrible rash.
Tessa was diagnosed when she was only 10 years — and a world of girls suddenly turned on its head.
“Living with this disease is very difficult. — says she — I’m allergic even to her own tears, saliva and sweat. I can’t go on heat and have to avoid any physical activity”.
“I often suffer from muscle fatigue and nausea: it is enough to simply eat something from the fruit or vegetables with a high percentage of liquid. Even when I drink water, in the language remain wounds.”
The girl’s parents noticed that something was wrong when at age 8 she started having a terrible rash after Hiking in the shower. The family thought that’s really just allergies to soap, but it soon became clear that much more serious.
Now Tess takes almost a dozen pills a day to at least partly alleviate their condition — and yet they serve the girl a small consolation. To date, marine urticaria cannot be cured.
“In a sense, marine urticaria is a real psychological challenge. — recognized Hansen-Smith is Hard to take so many drugs every day, knowing that you never really recover”.
However, despite the difficulties, Tessa tries to get the maximum pleasure from life and hopes that her story will inspire others.
“I’m trying to solve on problem at a time. — she explains — there Are bad days and there are good. If I can spend time with friends and family or go to school, not to escape early because of allergies — it is victory”.