She hopes to become a patient advocate.

For now, Hefferan wants everyone to know a spider bite is nothing to take lightly.

"I made the mistake of ignoring it when it happened.  You think, 'Oh, I'm out in the woods, I'll watch out for spiders or insects,' but it can happen within your own house," said Hefferan.  "They can get anywhere that's a dark place, and I think you just have to be careful."

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