FORT MYERS, Fla. - Last March, while playing softball for Riverdale High, Bethany Wright faced the scariest moment of her life.
"We played till 11:00 that night," said Wright. "I was fine but then I got back to the hotel and I started coughing and a little blood came up."
Bethany saw her doctor the next day, then the following, had to be taken, by helicopter, to the All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.
"I was there for a week and they took a lot of tests and that's how they found out I have this disease.'
Bethany was diagnosed with Wegener's Granulomatosis. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Wegener's is a rare disease where the blood vessels and other tissues become inflamed, damaging important organs and limiting blood flow to those organs, destroying normal tissue.
"You kind of have to accept it," said the 17-year old. "There's nothing you can really do about it except do what the doctors tell you to do and keep going."
After being diagnosed with Wegener's, Bethany was immediately put through chemotherapy sessions and placed on antibiotics and steroids to help treat the disorder. All the while, fighting not only her disease but a chance to get back to playing sports.
"When they told me I couldn't play for about a month or two, or maybe even three months, I kind of borke down because once you stop playing for so long, it takes a long time to get back up. So I walked around our house and made sure I got my energy back up," said Wright
Bethany was taking six pills a day after being released from the hospital and after just three weeks, she went back to the doctor for a check up to hear the news she'd been waiting for.
"He said I could go the next week and start playing softball again."
"Now, five months later, Bethany is down to only three pills a day and back to her active life style.