They all thought she was psychotic but after watching a TV show they discover the real truth

In 2009, during her sophomore year at the University of Scranton, Emily Gavigan was alarmingly paranoid and rambling on a regular basis. She was convinced that terrible things would happen to her family.

Emily’s parents were also very worried but didn’t really know what to do, but the Gavigans couldn’t ignore the situation anymore, especially when Emily mysteriously disappeared one afternoon!

No one in the family could reach her for 24 hours that afternoon, until they finally received a call from Emily’s grandparents in New Jersey that she had turned up there unexpectedly.


She had driven all the way from Pennsylvania to New Jersey with no money at all and flown through the tolls without paying! When she got there, she said a truck followed her all the way.

Grandfather looked out the window for the truck but he didn’t see any truck, Emily’s parents decided it really was time to get her professional help.

Doctors thought Emily’s problems were psychological, as her parents had assumed, and although they ran tests on her and tried various medications, nothing seemed to have any effect.
The treatments only made Emily worse, and at this point doctors thought her condition might be physical, like a tumor in the brain, but they couldn’t find any physical evidence of it either.


The whole family tried everything they could, but desperately nothing really helped or got to the bottom of the problem, and Emily got worse and worse.

In a strange turn of events, the family were made aware of an episode of The Today Show, and to their surprise and shock, something made them sit up and take notice!

The story they heard was from a New York Post reporter, Susannah Cahalan. She wrote an article about the time that for a month she thought she was going to lose the plot for sure. The floor sounded very similar to what the family had experienced with Emily, prompting the doctors to test Emily for it!


Susannah suffered from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, which causes the immune system to attack parts of the brain, causing neurological damage and strange behavior.

Emily’s doctors were not at all receptive to the family’s suggestions and questions, believing that the family was just grasping at straws.

After some time, Emily was actually tested for the condition, and guess what, it was positive! Now Emily not only had a correct diagnosis, but could be considered for treatment that might actually help.

The long road to recovery had finally begun and there was finally light at the end of Emily’s long dark tunnel. She was finally able to begin returning to the life she had before the condition left her mentally ill.


And so, in 2012, after recovering, Emily joined Cahalan on The Today Show and also shared her story of how the show really saved her life.

Many miles away in Omaha, Nebraska, another family, the Jensen family, watched this time, as the Gavins had done before. Her daughter Madison had the same experience and symptoms as Emily.

Madison’s mom really didn’t know what was wrong with her daughter until she saw the show too. After that, she was sure that she had found what would also save her 6-year-old.

Last year Emily became a mother.



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James Brien

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