- MS is a disease that involves an immune system attack against the central nervous system ) which has has to date caused many permanent and fleeting disabilities. Before last year other than regular check-ups Candi rarely went to a doctor, it is now a constant journey to the "team" of doctors treating her.
Normally, no real normal for MS patients, the disease attacks and than takes a break to let the body stabilize. For Candi, this break has not come. Up until the summer of 2013 she was a Yoga instructor in addition to her full time job, MS has made even normal movements difficult to say the least, and teaching yoga a near impossibility. While she is currently able to remain employed, vision loss and mobility issues make that increasingly difficult.
We as a family remained strong and determined to fight. We modified our insurance policy, started a Health Care Savings Account, and adjusted our family budget to deal with the our new normal. However an extended hospital stay in January of 2014 has already taken most of her vacation days from work and simultaneously requires us to pay our "out of pocket" maximum for the year. As a family we have just simply not had enough time to build the road we intended to walk.
In the past 12 months Candi has had:
-1 CAT Scan
-Semi-Monthly Ophthalmologists appointments (to combat blindness)
-5 Sessions of Plasmapheresis (Similar to Dialysis) -2 Hospital stays (the most recent was 7 days)
-Purchased, and started using a wheel-chair
-Uncountable blood tests, injections, screen and panels
-Several medications used to combat the disease and each other
All of this is done with a smile and an attempt to make the world a little happier. She has always been and will always be a fighter and an inspiration to her children and friends even as she continues her battle. One of her favorite quotes about the disease is "MS, because the only thing tough enough to kick my ass is me." This fund is established to help Candi and her family ease some of the financial burden of this disease by donating to this fund.
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