Tessa Hansen-Smith, 21, has Aquagenic urticaria, an extremely rare condition which is thought to affect fewer than 100 people worldwide and which prevents those who suffer with it from playing any exercising.
Within just minutes of coming into contact with water, Tessa breaks out in a rash, suffers migraines and develops a fever. Because of this, she can’t even walk around her university campus in case she sweats and so has to be transported via a shuttle.
Tessa was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 10 by her mother, who is a doctor. Her mum having been her primary care doctor ever since. ’I’m really lucky because my mum is a family medicine doctor,’ Tessa explained.
However, despite the daily challenges she faces, Tessa is determined not to let her condition completely control her life and says she is determined to be independent – hence she left her home town for college.
extremely：副詞，非常地。例句：She is a extremely terrible mother because she used to abuse her son.（她是個非常糟糕的母親，因為她經常虐待她的兒子。）
diagnose：動詞，診斷。例句：My father was diagnosed with cancer.（我的父親被診斷罹患癌症。）
home town：名詞，家鄉。例句：For the purpose of making a fortune, I will leave my home town for Taipei.（為了賺大錢，我會離開我的家鄉去台北。）