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Alyssia Thompson, a student at Wagner High School in Wagner was diagnosed with MS about a year ago. She wears an orange ribbon on her jacket to raise awareness of the disease. (Chris Huber/Daily Republic)

Rural isolation, youth complicate Wagner teen's MS diagnosis

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WAGNER -- It can be hard for a teenager to admit when she's sick.

That's why, for a while, Alyssia Thompson tried to pretend she hadn't been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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"I guess I just kind of chose to not think I had it," she said.

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