Her second home is the Children’s Hospital in Seattle and her second family is a team of doctors, but Taylee Escalante has control over her life, it’s not controlled by Microscopic Polyangiitis. MPA is a form of vasculitis, an inflammatory condition that affects the blood vessels; it affects the small blood vessels, including the arterioles, capillaries and venules. An autoimmune disease, MPA makes Taylee’s immune system attacks her blood vessels. Three in a million are diagnosed with MPA, though Taylee said it could be more common than those numbers indicate since untreated MPA is often fatal within five months.
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Published: May 2013
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