For Latvian-born Canadian model Elizaveta Bulokhova a vacation to Amsterdam in May 2014 was the first time in a while that she had time to rest and reconnect with her electrician boyfriend, Roman Troubetskoi. Her booming runway career had taken the then 24-year-old from her home in Toronto to Manhattan, Hong Kong, South Africa, London, and many places in between.
But her romantic getaway to the picturesque capital of the Netherlands would not go as planned. As the model and Troubetskoi, 29, explored the city’s beautiful canals together, her jaw began to swell and become sore. Bulokhova thought it was toothache. It wasn’t enough to completely derail the couple’s trip, but it wasn’t something she could soothe with a few painkillers either.
Within two months, that toothache had turned into something more painful and potentially much more serious. Bulokhova’s doctors performed a series of CT scans and biopsies to figure out why the young woman was suffering such persistent and increasingly debilitating pain.