TODAY | October 12, 2013
>>> a florida teenager's life changed in an instant where she somehow contracted a rare disease that left her paralyzed and blind. as kerry sanders tells us she is not letting that hold her back in any way.
>> reporter: texting friends like any 17-year-old. jasmine was an overachiever. star volleyball player. a high school senior , also taking college credit courses. then one day, two months ago, jasmine melt a pain.
>> i had excruciating bad pain. it was like i didn't know what it was. it didn't feel like i had strained a muscle. then it started to go through my chest.
>> reporter: within 24 hours , without warning, jasmine was mysteriously paralyzed from the neck down from the neck down. her parents were frantic as she lay in the hospital dead.
>> i get goose bumps every time i think of it.
>> when i walked in there, i walked in the room and walked out and immediately started trying.
>> reporter: baffled at first, doctors treating jasmine at joe dimaggio 's chirns hospital in hollywood, florida, she is one of a few teenagers to get m.m.o. disease. most in their 40s and 50s.
>> it's like having a stroke and, boom.
>> it attacks the nervous system. they estimate there are only 4,000 known nmo cases in the united states .
>> scoot all the way to me.
>> reporter: there is no known cure but in some cases, symptoms mysterious are reversed. she has regained use of her upper body.
>> being down, being sad about what you have, you know, life is going to go on, even if you're sad and laying in bed and crying for yourself.
>> she has a positive energy about her and i think that is important in her recovery.
>> reporter: therein lies a little bit of medicine how a patient's