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It wasn’t the fatigue that gave it away.
Even the dizziness she felt didn’t tip off Daniela Checa that her health had taken a potentially deadly turn.
Just finishing her first year as a concurrent education student at Brock last spring, Checa chalked up how she felt to end-of-term stress brought on by the onslaught of exams and assignments she had to tackle.
But it was feeling out of breath that Checa, who did competitive dance, couldn’t explain. And when she fell down the stairs at home because her hands and feet were “numbing randomly,” she started doubting her initial hunch that it was stress.