Here is my short CVID Story from a YouTube video I made. I hope you all enjoy!
My name is Steven Finch and I am 28 years old. I have struggled since I was a young child with infections. I would always get ear infections early on, and as I got older in to my teens I would get chronic sinus infections. I was never sure what to think? I was pretty sure it was not normal but I went along in life and did normal things that teenagers do. I played football in High School and I would always hurt from head to toe but I just thought it was normal. I was involved in Martial Arts for many years and I loved it. Once again I would always be in pain while putting pressure on my joints. As I got into my early Twenties things started to go down hill. I was getting sick more and I had less energy I would sleep Twelve hours and feel horrible. I suffered from major depression and panic attacks.
I was diagnosed with CVID (Common Variable Immunodeficency) back in 2010. The average person takes roughly Ten years to be diagnosed. I saw many doctors and nobody could come up with anything. Finally I went to Penn State Hershey Medical Center and they diagnosed me almost instantly. I currently do SubQ infusions in my stomach weekly. It has been a rough journey to get to where I am today, but I am alive! My goal is to fight for awareness for other people struggling with this disease. I struggle everyday to get up and to live my life. Somedays are easier then others but I try to stay positive and I try to do my part as a Zebra. Some people may think I take CVID to seriously but this is serious. I have seen what other people go through and I believe I can help change the way CVID is looked at.