18 years old - Sandy, Utah
Sara's post-viral experience began when she started having gastrointestinal symptoms. She struggles with feeling full quickly after eating, nausea, and abdominal pain.
The two consecutive viral strains she contracted added to her list of symptoms, including dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations, and a severe lack of energy. Sara struggled with tasks as simple as getting out of bed, along with driving, which was made difficult due to the blackouts she experienced.
Considering Sara was infected during her senior year of high school, she felt as though she was missing out on things that were important to her, like being able to run for her school's track team, an activity she had done since 6th grade.
She is still working on finding ways to help alleviate her symptoms, and is grateful for the support of her doctors, who have built her an extensive treatment plan. Among other things, the time she spends with her boyfriend and the show "New Girl" helps keep Sara comfortable, providing laughter amid the difficult times.
Sara's biggest piece of advice for those diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is to stay positive. She understands how difficult it is to endure any sort of chronic illness with a strong mentality, but urges those facing this situation to look for the little things to be grateful for, as she has found it very helpful in uplifting her as she looks toward better days.