Chandra Wilson, 47, who has played Dr. Miranda Bailey on “Grey’s Anatomy” over the past 13 seasons, is now discussing her own family’s medical issues.
Wilson appeared on “Good Morning America” on Thursday and opened up about her daughter Sarina McFarlane’s mysterious illness that appeared six years ago. “It presented itself like a real bad case of food poisoning,” she revealed. “And it didn’t go away for four or five days, so because of that we went to the ER.”
Wilson brought a binder with her, which she used to keep track of patterns of her daughter’s illness and their hospital visits. She revealed that Sarina, now 23-years-old, often deals with abdomen pain, nausea and vomiting issues.
Finally, after 10 months, an illness was diagnosed: cyclic vomiting syndrome. The disorder causes those with it to have repeat issues with severe nausea, vomiting and exhaustion and can last for days. “The name gave us a direction to go in,” Wilson said. “And it put us in a community of other people that seriously were going through the exact same thing stage by stage.”
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In an upcoming episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” that Wilson has directed, a patient at the hospital is dealing with persistent vomiting. He is then diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome, which resonated with Wilson.
“Being able to be on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ with all of those people able to watch it and hear it and say, ‘Oh my God. That’s what that is. I’ve heard of that. That’s my kid. That’s my husband. That’s my aunt,'” Wilson revealed. “That means so much because I just remember what it meant to us.”