Fungal Disease Personal Stories
Cocciodioiomycosis (Valley fever)
Dawn’s illness started with a terrible cough. Soon, she couldn’t sleep because she often coughed up blood at night. “I got very sick. I started to lose my voice and was coughing a lot. I went to an [ear, nose, and throat] specialist, and they told me it was laryngitis,” said Dawn.
“I like being outside a lot. Now being on the oxygen tank, I can’t do the things I want to do outside like hunting. Standing out in the woods [is much harder when] dragging the oxygen around. It’s stopped me from doing a lot of things I enjoy,” said Ken.
Mauricio, a doctor at a Colombian hospital, figured he just had a cold. But two days later, he was worse, with chills, a headache, a cough, and swollen lymph nodes in his neck. Within a week, he started feeling better, but soon his mysterious illness took an unusual turn: Mauricio suddenly lost sight in his right eye.
“I had no idea I’d still be recovering from this. I thought it’d just be like normal pneumonia where I take antibiotics for a couple of weeks and I’d be better by now, but it’s been several months, and I’m still recovering,” Heidi said.