I was diagnosed with Gitelman's Syndrome in September of 2008 after a year of numerous misdiagnosis, pain, exhaustion, heatstroke, and extreme weight loss. I found it frustrating to have to take a large number of pills multiple times a day and I was embarrassed by taking them all when I was in the cafeteria. It was slow going and my early years in college were unpleasent. I had just moved to a college on a hilly region so getting to class was difficult since I'd easily get dehydrated. I avoided hanging out with people for a few years outside of my dorm because I was worried about my health. While it was a bumpy road I am currently doing okay and I have on occasion reached normal levels on potassium and magnesium. Still I feel alone and misunderstood since I do not know anyone else who has Gitelman's Syndrome and I still have problems with friends who don't understand what it really means to have this disorder.