At first, Gina Hollenbeck was told that her chronic cough was due to seasonal allergies, then a second doctor chalked it up to gastric reflux. It was a chest X-ray she insisted on paying for out of pocket that led to her terminal cancer diagnosis.
Parkinson's disease usually strikes older adults, so doctors didn't believe that Christina Korines, 35, had this neurological disorder. Instead, they blamed her tremors and pain on everything from anxiety to ADHD to psychosis.
Because she didn't look like someone with an eating disorder, Shira Rosenbluth, 31, was caught in a cycle of binging, purging, and restricting her food intake for two decades—until she was correctly diagnosed and started treatment to help her heal.