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By Manya Vee
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When tragedy struck, stubborn willpower took over

Edmonds woman overcoming mitochondrial disease caused by a genetic anomaly


Last updated 11/23/2021 at 9:49am

Manya Vee

Meara Steele

When a debilitating disease strikes, you can lie down and roll over. Or, you can do what Meara Steele does.

It's 1994. You're 19. You're in college.

The future looks bright. You are headed for a stellar career as a biomedical researcher. Suddenly, and without warning, your brain attacks you. You have a grand mal seizure. A mad dash to the hospital ensues, but doctors can't figure out the cause. You go back home.

A series of seizures follows in the coming weeks and months. Each one takes a toll on your mobility and energy, even going so far as affecting your ability to swallow.

This is what...

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