In 2014, Teaghan started experiencing pain in her stomach, back and head. When it wouldn’t go away, her mom took her to get checked out by a paediatrican. That was when they discovered her liver was enlarged. After multiple tests and a liver biopsy, it was determined that Teaghan had Lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D), a rare, metabolic disorder that can cause a buildup of fatty tissue and, ultimately, liver failure.
Now on life-saving enzyme medication, Teaghan’s liver is back to normal size and is doing fantastic. However, her life isn’t back to normal. Every other Monday, Teaghan spends the day at Children’s Hospital to receive the medication. And although she misses a lot of school, Teaghan has lots of friends at Children’s Hospital to make her stays easier, like Erika her Child Life Specialist, Gill her Art Therapist, and Ollie the Therapeutic Clown!
She will continue these appointments for the rest of her life, or until there is a cure for her metabolic disorder. Despite all that she goes through, Teaghan is a happy 14-year-old who loves to do gymnastics and swim.
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