Celina – Passionate about Her Studies
Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable that Celina would ever go to college. Celina suffers from a primary immunodeficiency that was not discovered until she was a teenager. Every three weeks, Celina is given an infusion of her medication. Without regularly receiving her medication, she would never have been able to live her dreams. To her, every plasma donor is a hero because they allow her to lead a “normal” life despite her disease.
Karin – Committed to People with Rare Diseases
Karin’s disease was only discovered by chance when she was 38 years old. Her immune system had been weakened by a primary immunodeficiency to such an extent that she constantly needed to receive medical treatment or be in the hospital, and her day-to-day life with her family was severely impacted. Since she has been receiving treatment with medications made from plasma, she has been doing much better and she has been able to go on vacation abroad with her family for the first time. She has founded the association “Austrian Self-Help Group for Primary Immunodeficiencies” (ÖSPID).
Adrienn – from Hostage to Her Own Fate to an Ambassador to Others
Adrienn’s illness happened at the age of 28 after a throat infection. After just a few days, she was almost completely paralyzed. Her disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, was diagnosed too late. Her treatment included intravenous immunoglobulins, or IVIG for short. Now, three years later, she is almost healthy again, but the disease has left behind its traces. She has drawn on everything that she went through to provide support to people who suffer the same fate. Adrienn is the ambassador for GBS/CIPD Foundation International and writes her own blog.