Astrid Needs Our Help

$5,310 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 129 people in 22 months
First and foremost, Hello and Thank You for coming to our gofundme site! This fundraiser is for my wife Astrid Trotter, and we are seeking funds toward living expenses, travel, and medical treatment for her.

We were recently given the grim news that she has developed multiple lesions in her brain and spine consistent with RRM Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This disease is one that is not well understood by doctors. There have been leaps and bounds over the last 20 years and they do have an approved method of treatment. This treatment does not cure the disease; rather, it is called a "disease modifying drug," or DMD.

In the course of our personal research, my wife found a doctor in Chicago, Dr. Richard K. Burt (MD), that is administering a stem-cell transplant therapy that has been shown to halt and even reverse the symptoms of the disease!

Dr. Burt's page at Northwestern: http://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/faculty-profiles/az/profile.html?xid=14172
Stem Cell Research Facts article:
http://www.stemcellresearchfacts.org/dr-richard-burt/
(this article has quite a few videos and links! check out the Telegraph article linked there!)

We absolutely must get her there to Chicago... we have to try every possible avenue to get her well again. And according to our research, this is the best way to do so!

Unfortunately our insurance is battling against us in our fight to get to Chicago.  We were able to get Astrid evaluated by the doctor, and accepted as a patient.  However, we thus far have not had any luck or headway with the actual treatment getting covered.  At this point we are stuck treading water with this.

Any donation helps. Anything!

Astrid's MRI (brain) showing lesions.
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Update: Tricare along with the DAH (Department Of Health) denied our efforts to overturn their decision to not treat and cover my stemcell transplant with Dr.Burt. It's been an emotional mentally draining roller coaster!! We're now left to self fund and keep pushing fundraising, I don't know how it's all going to happen but we're giving it all to the higher power. I'm still doing the Ocrevus infusions and that itself was a battle to get done and approved as well. We have TShirts up for fundraising and we will do our best to get me back to Chicago.. I would like to thank all our supports we can't express enough how much we appreciate you all.

Attached a picture of Shirts Thank You PC Printing & Embroidery Solutions for your time and the amazing quality work.
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Hello Everyone! (waving) It's been a bit since updating and if you're following me on Facebook you may be alil up to date on my process with my journey now. I'am going to make this as short as possible, Alil over a month ago I started a new DMT (Drug Modifying Therapy) Called Ocrevus, It's an infusion I will get every 6 months that part is nice cause I do not miss doing the Copaxone shots 3x a week that was starting to get brutal. My Doctor and I discussed going the infusion route to attack this MS aggressively while I wait for my HSCT Stemcell Trasplantation, The process with Tricare our insurance company has been draining in so many ways, Ocrevus has been draining on me physically and mentally but I'am fight as hard as I feel I can! I need to be as present as possible in my families life my babies need me. They're in School now so a lot of big milestones are going on for my lil ones :) we continue to fundraiser the best we can and give it all to God! It's all in his hands..I want to thank you all for the continued support and love and the many prayers it's appreciated and we will always pay it forward and always help others as much as we can. Times are rough in The Trotter home and we pray that weight of this will soon be lifted and soon we will be able to breath easy and enjoy are many Blessing.. We will continue to update as much as we can <3

We lot's of love
The Trotter Family
My infusion journey
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Hello to all my supporters and everyone following my journey!

I just wanted to come on here and update since it's been awhile, the struggle daily with Multiple Sclerosis is very real and trying to not stress about normal life to life matters is impossible cause life is life but with M.S just that more complicated. I had a start of a relapse a couple of weeks ago and was prescribed Acthar Gel which is a steroid to help stop it in it's tracks. But to even get medication my very well educated Neurologist Prescribes is a battle and very upsetting, Tricare is not making anything she has prescribed easy at all! I sit here and battle getting my medication that helps the quality of my life and prolong it but Tricare thinks they know more then what the Doctor is recommending or doing. This has put a lot of stress and worry and just stuck in this unknown, we are focused on getting me back to Doctor Burt as soon as possible the sooner the better chances I have at a good quality of life we been so focused on fundraising as much as we can. My Neurologist stated it best " I believe if insurance companies are going to direct the care that you can and can not have ... then they need to be held responsible for your well being and or demise . How can we let this continue ?? Put the care of patients BACK into the hands of physicians ... its way past time . Wow, and not to mention ..... your husband is serving in the military !!! He and his family have given the utmost sacrifice .. and this is how you are treated ??? " She spoke a major truth in our medical system and with big pharma!! Give the doctors their job back to decide what is best for their patient and just listen. I will end this with many thanks you and just know I appreciate every single one of you on this journey with me, I'am fighting and will not give up! Please continue to fight with me and give me that chance to get my life back for my children and I.

Please share,donate,advocate,educate! Help me reach my goal. Thank You Astrid
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Hi everyone! Thanks for following and all of your support!
We just wanted to give a quick update. We are still awaiting the result of our first appeal to the insurance company. They denied our first claim a few weeks ago and the hospital is awesome, they turned around and submitted an appeal right away.
Please keep us in your prayers for a positive response for this appeal!
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$5,310 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 129 people in 22 months
Created January 6, 2017
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KH
$100
Kristin Hanson
3 months ago

Keep going Astrid!

RF
$15
Rebecca Funk
6 months ago

It's not much, but hope this can help someway. God bless you and give you good health

$66
Daniel Klaes
7 months ago

Go get em Astrid! Support from NY and The Hinsdale House! :-)

$50
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9 months ago
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