How life can change after an episode of Gray's Anatomy.
Olivia Vessillo is a young New Jersey dancer
At 17, months of hell began in which the young woman was unable to eat, weighing less than 40 kilos
Olivia managed to discover the disease that made her impossible to eat thanks to an episode of Gray's Anatomy
It is extremely rare to come across something that can save our lives while we are watching an episode of a TV show. Yet, thanks to the fifth episode of the fifth season of Grey's Anatomy, the young Olivia can start to hope again for a normal life. Olivia Vessillo is a nineteen-year-old dancer from Jersey City, New Jersey. For the past two years, eating was causing her more and more pain, but no test seems to have managed to get any spider out of the hole that was physical rather than mental. Unable to find any answer, doctors diagnosed her with anorexia and diet-related anxiety. But in 2018 the issue got worse quickly.
"Eating caused me a lot of pain, more than you can ever imagine," said the young woman in an interview with Metro. “Things got worse quickly when I was 17 and I was really suffering. I went from 63 to 39 kilos in just over a year because every time I tried to eat the pain went off the scale, it was indescribable ". But on 26 October 2018 something changed. "That day I watched the fifth episode of the fifth season of Grey's Anatomy. I had never heard of MALS until I saw this episode. "
"Eating was no longer possible and I was starving."
Apparently, one of the characters in the episode had been diagnosed with median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) and, according to Olivia, all the symptoms were exactly identical to hers. It is a digestive disorder in which an accumulation of pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in and around the stomach causes a lot of pain to the sick. Eating becomes difficult and it is not easy to diagnose. Apparently Olivia was born there, but before the age of 15 she did not experience more severe symptoms than a stomach ache and a little nausea. After two years of hell, the epiphany achieved thanks to Gray's Anatomy literally saved her life.
I always felt bad but I started to believe the doctors when they told me I was anxious and that I could suffer from anorexia. I never wanted to eat a lot because it hurt me and in the end I was convinced by what the doctors said ". After contacting Dr. Richard Hsu, an expert in MALS management, the girl was operated on and her blood vessels were repositioned. He has slowly started to gain weight and his life is finally going in the right direction. "I went from hating having to eat to eating as the highlight of my life. It's just fantastic. "