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Chronically ill Missouri woman says TikTok is keeping her alive

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Tricia Melland

Tricia Melland was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease more than a decade ago. The 22-year-old is constantly taking her temperature and blood pressure while balancing a rigorous course of treatment to keep her alive.

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — While communities are pitted against each other a woman facing a troubling diagnosis found genuine connections through a social media app known for dancing influencers.

“There’s a lot of stereotypes and negative connotations with social media in general,” said Tricia Melland. “Sure, there’s negativity and such, but there’s a lot of positivity that outweighs that.”

Melland was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease more than a decade ago. The 22-year-old is constantly taking her temperature and blood pressure while balancing a rigorous course of treatment to keep her alive.

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