In New York, Dr. Rosen performed sclerotherapy, in which a liquid foam-like solution is injected into the veins, burning and shrinking them. “My veins are very aggressive,” says Sarina. “And when I hit puberty, they became extra-aggressive.”
Her family made trips to New York every two to four months for surgeries to try to keep up with her veins’ regrowth. During the painful recovery time, which would take up to a month, Sarina would be stiff and swollen, sometimes unable to leave her bed for days at a time. A consistent routine became nearly impossible, forcing Sarina to leave high school and be homeschooled.