That ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Illness Really Is Actually a Rare Real-Life Condition

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The writers of Grey’s Anatomy have been recognized to attract concepts from the true world previously. But the October 13th episode of the medical drama is very essential because it’s educating followers on a “misunderstood” sickness affecting the lives of individuals like 19-year-old Olivia Herzoff.

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Olivia’s dysfunction is named Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and is extraordinarily uncommon. The teen lives in fixed ache, because the syndrome impacts the connective tissue in her physique, usually resulting in dislocated shoulders and torn pores and skin.

Due to the rarity of the sickness, it isn’t usually talked about within the media. However, that every one modified when Olivia met former Grey’s star Sara Ramirez.

The Star-Telegram experiences that Olivia, a psychology pupil, was launched to Sara by her mentor. From there, preparations have been made for Olivia to come back and communicate to the writers on-set in order that they might have a greater understanding of Ehlers-Danlos.

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 12, Episode 10, Callie Torres, Sara Ramirez

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Flash ahead to October 13 when Olivia’s buddy contacted her with thrilling information. On the episode titled “Falling Slowly,” Grey’s launched their first affected person with the uncommon joint illness.

Oliva-Herzoff

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Speaking to the irritating “invisible” nature of the illness, characters Richard and Alex initially misdiagnosed the affected person impressed by Olivia as an alcoholic, as she was “used” to popping again in her dislocated joints.

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This misdiagnosis is widespread. “The hardest part of it all is how misunderstood it is,” Olivia shares. “And how I look fine on the outside, but my body is fighting itself on the inside. I’m in pain all the time.”

Google searches for EDS have been up after the episode aired and people affected by the situation have been extrememly grateful to Olivia.

“There were so many people thanking me [after the episode aired],” she says. “And I was like, ‘I’m not really the one to thank,’ you know? I got this amazing opportunity, and of course I want to do everything I can to spread and make awareness of my illness and hope for a cure one day.”