Although Tyler was suffering from the aftereffects of war, Mandi too was going through some real struggles in her life. For the past 17 years, Mandi has been battling against Crohn’s disease, something she was diagnosed with when she was just 15 years old.
Over the years she has had to undergo several surgeries to allow her as close to a normal life as possible. The surgeries were meant to enhance her standard of living, but as is the case sometimes on the operating table, things didn’t go according to plan.
Due to complications in one of her surgeries, Mandi had to have her stomach removed. A surgeon had accidentally nicked a nerve inside her which completely paralyzed her stomach. Over the years her stomach has been rebuilt, but it is not the same as everyone else’s.
Her stomach now is around the size of an almond to give her the best chance of battling with Crohn’s while maintaining an ordinary life. A paralyzed stomach was not the end of Mandi’s troubles however.
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