by Dr. Favia Dubyk, Pathologist, Professional Rock Climber and Lenovo Innovator
I was 24 years old and everything in life seemed perfect: halfway through medical school, dating a wonderful guy, going on weekly climbing trips… Then suddenly, I noticed I couldn’t breathe whenever I tried raising my arms or lying down. Eventually I struggled to breath all the time. Doctors said it was my “asthma” acting up. My new boyfriend, Brian, asked me to attend his best friend’s wedding where I would meet his entire family. I was so excited to be integrated into his life. But at the wedding, I discovered I couldn’t swallow food anymore.