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Autoimmune Diseases, Dermatomyositis

Young Woman Conquers Dermatomyositis, Runs Marathon

By Owain Johnston-Barnes

Running a road race is a challenge Marissa Tucker was told she might never be able to face.

But on May 24, nearly 15 years after being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder that limits even simple activities, she plans to tackle her first half-marathon.

“It feels great,” she said yesterday. “I need to thank God that I accomplished what I have so far.

“I’m beyond my original goal, but I believe I can go further.”

Miss Tucker, a 23-year-old psychology student at Bermuda College, said she was first diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) at the age of nine.

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