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Mystery illness: Doctors unable to diagnose woman's condition

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Imagine living in pain, unable to speak, or even carry out daily activities without reeling in pain.  That's what a young woman is dealing with, but doctors haven't been able to diagnose her condition -- because they don't know what's causing her chronic pain.

Now she's hoping someone out there can help.

The 20-year-old Arizona State University student was majoring in theater, but that all took a back seat when this rare sickness turned even worse -- she can barely get out of bed and hasn't been able to eat solid food in nearly a year.

Reduced to a whisper, unable to eat a thing, too weak to even walk.

"So I'm on these lines.  One is for hydration, the other is nutrition," said Catherine Rohrman.

But Catherine's illness is a mystery.  The family says after more than a dozen doctors, no one has been able to give them answers and say it's become progressively worse.  What began as sore throats then started making Catherine pass out.

"She would get a sore throat, get very lethargic and missing a lot of school," said Catherine's mother, Julie Rohrman.

Catherine would have been a junior at ASU, but things took a nasty turn nine months ago.  She went to an emergency room on her 20th birthday and she hasn't been able to eat since.

"That's probably the worst feeling.. the helplessness of not being able to help your child because there is no hope.  If we knew what was wrong, we would know what kind of treatment she needed and know where to go at that point," said Rodney Rohrman, Catherine's father.

A family friend uploaded a video sharing Catherine's story, hoping someone may have answers.  It's already been viewed more than 20,000 times.  The family has received encouraging words from more than 100 people.

Still, no one knows what's making Catherine sick, but she keeps up her hope that one day she'll be singing again.

"I just know someday I won't be like this.. back doing things that I love," she said.

The family wants their story to reach as many people as possible.  They hope someone may know what's causing Catherine's illness.  If you think you may be able to help, you can e-mail them:

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