ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- A rare condition suddenly gets talked about when it befalls the Royal Family.
Peggy Flanagan's bond to The Duchess of Cambridge is not one either of them would ever wish to have but it is the condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
"So just getting through the day being able to keep down a piece of bread that was a victory," Flanagan said Tuesday night explaining the disease.
By its very basic definition, this condition is extreme vomiting in a woman who is pregnant.
Flanagan says hers started in week three and persisted for the next 17 weeks.
"I ended up within my first month and a half of pregnancy losing 15 pounds," Flanagan said.
That isn't just an awful truth but it's dangerous.
The constant vomiting and inability to even take in liquid can easily turn to dehydration in the patient.
Clearly nothing proves that more than the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton being rushed to a public hospital having to announce a pregnancy so early when she is clearly very sick.
It is a reality Peggy knows too well; eager to bring her daughter into the world but scared at the same time.
"It is such a blessing and at the same time battling feeling the worst I've ever felt in my life. There were moments when I literally thought I don't know if I am strong enough to do this and to get thru this," Flanagan said.
Thankfully by week 23 Peggy's symptoms ended and come February her daughter will likely hear about the ruckus she caused in the womb, let's hope the same can be said for the Royal in waiting.
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