Mother-of-one, 25, describes battling through excruciating tissue disorder

Mail Online | 6/17/2019 | Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For (Posted by) Level 4
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A mother-of-one says her excruciating tissue disorder was so debilitating that she attempted suicide twice in her teens.

Amy Miller, 25, from Ontario, Canada, was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome - a genetic disorder that causes an overgrowth of the long bones in the arms and legs - when she was just a toddler.

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The disorder left her with long and slim limbs, often confining her to a wheelchair, and the subject of bullying.

The taunts became so tormenting that Miller fell into depression and attempted suicide twice during her late teen years and felt progressively insecure about her body.

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In 2014, she met her future husband, Alex, on a dating website and the two moved in together after three months.

Alex has become her full-time caregiver and the two have a son together, giving Miller a life that she didn't believe was possible because of her disorder.

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Miller was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome at age two, and was the only member of her family to have the disorder.

Marfan syndrome is a rare, genetic disorder of the body’s connective tissues, which holds the body's organs and tissue together.

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It's caused by a mutation in the FBN1 gene, which provides instructions for making a protein called fibrillin-1, which become part of the fibers in connective tissues.

Sufferers often have overgrowth of the bones of the arms and legs, curvature of the spine scoliosis, nearsightedness, cardiovascular problems and extremely long limbs, resulting in an arm span that exceeds their body height.

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In Miller's case, she is 5'3", but her arm span is more than six feet.

Marfan syndrome occurs in approximately one in 5,000 worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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'I thought it was a common thing to spend so much time at the doctors and going through testing, bracing, et cetera,' Miller said.

'When I was 10...
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