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Fatmata Sankoh

Fatmata Sankoh

Born in Sierra Leone in West Africa. She and her parents moved to the United States when she was nine years old. One summer before she commenced college, she felt severe pain and numbness around her entire body. Somehow she managed to graduate college but then life took a turn. On some occasions, she would be forced to lay in one place for days. She couldn’t move, eat, or walk due to the severity of the pain she felt. There were days when she wished she wasn’t alive at all she wanted was for the pains to stop. Initially she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Many expensive tests later, she was then diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica; a condition that affects the spinal cord and the optic nerves.
With the help of God and the amazing doctors that came her way, she found her way to a research hospital, where she had access to cutting-edge treatment and expertise for free. Today, she can live a life of purpose. Her message is that there is life after diagnosis. Whatever you have been diagnosed with, you can still forge ahead. Your diagnosis is not the end, it could just be the beginning. It’s all up to you.

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