Valley woman finally diagnosed after more than 2 decades of medical woes

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- A Valley woman has been sick for more than two decades, and she has undergone unnecessary surgeries and diagnoses that turned out to be incorrect.

Doctors, however, finally think they have unraveled the mystery.

Candace Johnson, now 38, started having strange symptoms when she was just 13 years old. As the symptoms of fatigue, pain, and blistered skin continued, so did the doctor visits, with little to no answers.

Finally, after years of being misdiagnosed, Johnson finally had an answer. She was diagnosed with Acute Hepatic Porphyria (AHP), which is a rare genetic enzyme disorder that affects the liver. Now, Johnson wants to raise awareness for the rare disease, so no one has to go through what she did.

FOX 10's Danielle Miller reports.

Porphyria information from the Mayo Clinic