Ella has been blessed with wonderful doctors who take great care in choosing her treatments, and while a cocktail of medications have for brief periods brought her arthritis under control, she continues to develop adverse reactions and has to discontinue them. Currently, Ella takes 6-8 daily medications and receives a medication via infusion every 2-3 weeks which requires admittance to the Children\'s Hospital. Medications are constantly being adjusted and added in an attempt to reduce or counteract nasty side effects of her primary medications. She experiences constant stomach pain, mouth and nose ulcers, nausea, a suppressed immune system, hyperactivity and mood swings - and those are just the side effects. This week she is undergoing a new workup as her specialists believe she is developing another autoimmune disorder that is complicating the treatment of her JRA.
Thankfully, Ella\'s parents have insurance coverage for much of her treatment costs, however, her high level of treatment still requires significant out-of-pocket costs, including frequent travel to Oklahoma City which is approximately 100 miles from their home.
Ella\'s family is doing everything possible to help her continue to fight JRA. An account has been established to help her parents cover their extraordinary out of pocket expenses for her medical costs throughout 2011. Any and all donations are deeply appreciated.
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