A young woman forced to drop out of university after doctors warned that her rare condition could kill her has bounced back with an all clear.
Hannah Twinberrow, in her early 20s, was diagnosed with Behcet’s Disease in 2010 while she was studying for her dream degree in dentistry at the University of Bristol.
The autoimmune condition attacks blood vessels in the body and currently has no cure. Immunosuppressant drugs and chemotherapy can go some way to managing it and forcing it into some sort of remission.
Former Aylesbury High School pupil Hannah said: “It was a demanding course, and when I started being sick and lost three stone, I tried to put it to the back of my mind.”
But her health deteriorated, and the condition almost cost Hannah her life after spreading to her lungs, brain, pancreas, intestines and eyes.
Despite being hospitalised with pancreatitis, meningitis, diabetes, osteoporosis and depression, Hannah still managed to sit her exams – achieving A grades and distinctions in all her modules.
Hannah, of Oxford Road, Aylesbury, was told three weeks ago that she is finally in remission and is now off to Cape Town, South Africa in September to volunteer with children in town youth projects – something she thought she would never be well enough to do.
She said: “Having been given a second chance, I’m going to make the most of the life I have. I feel so relieved to feel like a human again – nothing can faze me now. I feel alive.”
Hannah is hoping to raise £800 for Skillshare International which works to reduce poverty, injustice and inequality in Africa and Asia.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Hannahtwinberrow