’90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days’: Stephanie Matto Is Battling This Deadly Disease
When it comes to 90 Day Fiancé, fans never know what’s going to happen next. Participants on the show are often revealed to be in any variety of compromising or challenging positions, usually based on geography, finance, or cultural differences. However, the upcoming season of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days has something new for fans. In fact, double that.
Season 4 of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days will be introducing not only its first same-sex couple, but also a star battling a potentially fatal disease. That would be Stephanie Matto, and she’s got quite the story.
The first same-sex couple
Despite the wide variety of cultures, religions, and ages fans have seen portrayed on TLC’s hit show, 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days has never hosted a same-sex couple. However, that’s going to change with the introduction of Stephanie Matto and her partner on Season 4 of the show.
The trailer revealed to fans that Matto is dating a woman across the globe. And while Matto looks thrilled when chatting with her partner via her laptop, it seems there are some health kinks that might get in the way of her plans.
During one scene in the teaser, fans see Matto chatting at the table with her mother. Matto’s mother states, “I’m worried about you, I don’t think it’s safe to go.”
Matto then explains, “With my health condition, a common cold can kill me.”
“It’s such a risk, why are you doing this?” her mother continues.
What is aplastic anemia?
While the Before the 90 Days trailer doesn’t explain what Stephanie Matto’s health condition is, Matto has been very open about her battle on YouTube and Instagram.
Matto has been diagnosed with aplastic anemia. Essentially, Matto’s bone marrow has stopped producing new blood cells. Because red blood cells transport oxygen, anaplastic anemia can result in fatigue, among a variety of other health complications.
Unfortunately, unlike other forms of anemia, this can’t be easily treated with iron due to the fact that it stems from bone marrow complications. Without proper treatment, aplastic anemia can be fatal.
Stephanie Matto battles it out
Luckily, it seems Stephanie Matto is a fighter. Once Matto received her diagnosis, she uploaded a YouTube video detailing her experience.
Matto also started a GoFundMe, in which she wrote, in part, “I will be needing a bone marrow transplant, and until I get one I will be on a course of intense drugs similar to what chemo-patients receive.”
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Matto explained, “Every single time my body would brush against anything or even carrying my bag would result in a bruise. Someone could put their hand on my arm and within an hour I’d have a bruise in the shape of fingerprints.”
Since then, Matto has learned that she has no bone marrow match on the registry. She has undergone a couple of experimental treatments including horse proteins, as well as pharmaceuticals.
As of August this year, Matto is in partial remission. She explained via YouTube, “I’m on a very high dose of immunosuppressive therapy, which means my t-cells are very low. Also, I have a very suppressed immune system in general, so my white blood cell count is not that of a normal person’s, so I get sick very, very easily.”
As you wait to see Stephanie Matto’s journey unfold on 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days, consider registering as a bone marrow donor, which you can do by clicking here.