In a piece by writer Skye Sherman, Boca Life Magazine and Fort Lauderdale Daily featured a piece on the local author’s new book, Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness.
Below is a snippet of the piece
Ilana Jacqueline spent close to two decades on a steady regimen of antibiotics and sick days. In fact, during her senior year of high school, Jacqueline’s immune system was in such bad shape that she couldn’t stay awake for more than a few hours at a time. “I came to school for about an hour to two hours a day,” she shares. “I would go in, collect my work, speak with my teachers and then go home. If there were days I had to stay longer, I had to sleep in the nurse’s office for an hour here and there and try to work around my fatigue.”
In and out of Boca Raton Regional Hospital with alarming frequency, Jacqueline visited medical professionals all across South Florida. But doctors and specialists were baffled by how she couldn’t even fight off a common cold without medical intervention, and they wondered what was at the root of her unusual symptoms.
The eventual answer was twofold. First, doctors discovered Jacqueline has Primary Immune Deficiency Disease (PIDD), a rare immune system disorder she was born with, though no one could put a name to it until she was 19 years old. A few years later, Jacqueline was saddled with yet another diagnosis—this time a chronic disease of the autonomic nervous system called dysautonomia.