Multiple Sclerosis has always been a large part of my life. My mother was diagnosed with MS when I was a young child. For 30 years I watched her suffer from this terrible disease. She struggled with everyday tasks like tying her shoes or remembering school events. Eventually she was unable to walk and had use a wheelchair for the last 15 years of her life.
In November 2018, I started experiencing strange things with my body, twitching in my face, dizziness, fatigue, and muscle spasms. After having an MRI that confirmed multiple "abnormalities" on my brian doctors started screening me for Multiple Sclerosis.
In January 2019 I started Copaxone, an injection to help prevent new lesions on my brain at the same time my mother passed away. She was 51 years old. And I miss her everyday. I wish she was here to show me how to be strong because she suffered for most of her life with the same disease that I now face everyday.
After struggling with the Copaxone injections my doctor switched my MS treatment to Gilenya an oral medication to help prevent MS from progressing. I'm currently taking this medication after my doctor found a new lesion that confirmed the Copaxone wasn't working for me.
I currently suffer from a number or different symptoms that I am addressing with physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and different medications, to help combat these symptoms.
I get spasms that can be extremely painful, along with shock-like sensations down my leg and back, confusion, dizziness, vertigo, and I live with severe nerve pain in my left leg that prevents me from walking much.
I'm a regular person working as much as I can. I'm also a mother. My son has been affected by my disease because he sees my struggles each day, he's mostly supportive and helpful, but after all he's only 8 so I know he has frustrations when it comes to my limitations. I can't run and play with him the way we used to just a year ago, and he's told me he's sad for me because he doesn't want me to be in a wheelchair like his grandma.
I try to stay positive because I know he needs me and he's my biggest fan. I will continue to fight my disease head-on knowing that my days are tough but I'm tougher, an I have a great family and friend support system. My family and friends have been supportive of me from day one and continue to lift my spirits and show me kindness and love. I'm forever grateful for the people in my life.
I'm seeking Stem Cell treatment that I've spent countless hours researching. I have read countless accounts of how it has helped others with MS, and I'm hoping it can help me prolong its effects. I believe in my heart that Stem Cell is the right treatment for me and my disease.
I'm asking for donations to cover the cost of my treatment and travel since I have to leave the country for my treatment.
If you know anyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis you understand how unpredictable it can be.
This disease has already taken so much away from me. So I need your help. Please donate. Please help me get treatment that could potentially give me my life back, and give my son his mom back.
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