There are frequent infections. And trouble walking because her right leg is about twice the size as her left. Sometimes, her right foot and leg will spontaneously bleed. Then there are the blood clots that develop deep in her veins.
"I spent basically all of high school in the hospital," Ellis tells The Dodo. "As I got older, things got worse."
But Ellis has something else at her side. Or someone, in the form of a giant, furry band-aid named Paddington.