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I am now at another crossroad. I have been accepted into The Stem Cell Institute's program to receive Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Called "golden cells," these stem cells are donated from the umbilical cords of healthy births. They treat your body systemically, meaning they have the ability to retrain my immune system to stop attacking itself. They can retrain my digestive tract to work again (without surgery). Our goal is to hit the $40,000 mark.
It is a WHOLE BODY TREATMENT. It is only available in Europe, Japan, and Panama. I am going to Panama but I need your help to get there. The cost includes plane tickets for two people, hotel and meals, all medical testing, 120 MILLION STEM CELLS, and follow up care.
More info about the Institute here: https://www.cellmedicine.com/
I am extremely hopeful about the stem cell treatment, for - as always - here in America, not only are my "new" treatment offerings that "should work" failing me, but also the prices continue to rise. For example, *one* of my seven medications is $32,000 a month. Due to the severity of my disease I am advised to take two per month. As of May 2018, my insurance is no longer covering this particular medication.
I have been in touch with several people with my condition who have undergone the Stem Cell treatment. They have ALL had very successful outcomes. Their stories and this Institute give me so much hope as I truly cannot go on living like this.
My deepest longing is to be able to live my life without this excruciating daily pain that is an every day fight. The raw truth is, after 28 years, it’s simply too much to bear. I want to continue to advocate, be a better friend, be able to more fully show up for my career and start a family. I desire to be less of a burden but this is not possible if the progression of this incurable disease is not halted in its tracks.
These stem cells offer me this chance. There is shame attached in asking for help but I’ve come to realize that the healthier I become, even by degrees, I will be in a better position to help others navigate similar paths such as mine. I cannot do this alone. I have been blessed with so much. My community and family has gone above and beyond over the years to carry me through the dark and light times in my life. I am truly grateful.
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"I was diagnosed at thirteen, and I just thought, wow this is what must be like to be a women! I got my period, I got SJIA, I gained 25 pounds, some of my hair fell out on my head, some grew on my face, and then I started High School. — It was a magical time!"
— Nicole Dalton, who lives (and thrives!) with Systemic Onset Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (SJIA).
SJIA is an autoinflammatory disease that causes the immune system to attack healthy cells and tissues, which results in inflammation of the joints. Unlike other forms of arthritis, some cases of SJIA — (of which our goddess Nicole is lucky enough to be one!) — the disease eventually attacks many, if not all major body systems .
“She is my MOST complicated case," says her rheumatologist.
The past five years have been filled with countless tests, medications, hospital stays, and urgent care visits. Physical pain has kept her bedridden and unable to work, as each visit to a doctor or specialist cost her anywhere from $22 to $3,900 in co-pays.
A major digestive surgery in 2015 marked a turning point in her journey, and come this Christmas, Nicole will celebrate her first year of being able to leave the house for more than three hours at a time since 2012.
She has FINALLY been given her back her life, and it is time for US to lift up a woman who has spent her entire life working to lift others. — Nicole is working towards a Masters in Counseling Psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute and trains countless actors as a founding member of John Rosenfeld Studios. She is also an Ambassador for Cure Arthritis, a non-profit organization that provides initial research funding to investigative scientists who are working to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases.
It is not Nicole’s fault that she has this malicious disease that causes overwhelmingly expensive care.
We invite you to get to know Nicole through our video and donate to her "On The Other Hand" Campaign.
The financial pressure is crushing, and now more than ever, she deserves a fresh start.
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