Grace Harper was a healthy, outgoing 8-year-old before she suddenly began having unexplained fits of rage and obsessive compulsive behaviors so severe that she was suspended from kindergarten. She had few friends, struggled in school and was tormented by behaviors she did not understand. For two years, her parents searched for answers until one day doctors finally discovered the cause.
Strep, a common bacterial infection, was triggering an autoimmune response in Grace, resulting in brain inflammation and debilitating psychiatric symptoms. She was diagnosed with Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS).