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Marissa lives with a rare and painful disorder called Arnold-Chiari malformation secondary to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Her medical story has appeared in the Discovery Health Channel series Mystery Diagnosis.
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- "Interview with Marissa Irwin". Pro Model and Talent Management, Inc., accessed March 12, 2010
- "Marissa's Story" (PDF). The Chiari Institute., accessed March 12, 2010