What is Common Primary Immunodeficiency Disease, and Why Is It So Often Undiagnosed?

Nov 25, 2015

Cheryl Jackson has been sick for most of her life. She is now in her early 40’s and it is only in the last two years that she has been able to count on relatively good health. After years of visiting doctors in North Georgia where she grew up trying to find a reason—any reason—for why she was so often sick with relatively mild but nevertheless debilitating short term illnesses, Cheryl Jackson was finally diagnosed with common variable immunodeficiency disease in 2013. From that point on, Cheryl Jackson has made it part of her life’s work to make as many people as possible aware of the disease, and to help others, like herself, who often feel isolated and alone.

The Jeffrey Modell Foundation has created a 10 Warning Signs of Primary Immunodeficiency checklist, which can be downloaded here.