29 Jun '15, 3pm
Dr. Heather Vega: Doctor Helps Determine Her Own Aplastic Anemia and PNH Diagnosis
“I was fortunate to have a medical background, because with it I was able to help diagnose myself with aplastic anemia and PNH ,” says Dr. Heather Vega. A Pittsburgh native, she is a family physician living in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania who received her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I was 30 years old and in a hospital-based practice 12 years ago when I noticed a bruise on my leg,” says Vega. “It was so strange because a few nights prior, I had just had a dream in which I was covered with bruises.” “After ordering some blood work and finding that my platelets were low, I called a friend who was a hematologist who then referred me to a hospital in Pittsburgh for a consultation,” says Heather. “Over a month’s time and a few bone marrow biopsies, my blood counts continued to drop lower and lower. I was on rounds in the hospital one weekend and...