A handicap van for Kelley

In 2001, I was diagnosed with relapse remitting multiple sclerosis.  At the time, I was living like a typical 25 year old and teaching my little third graders.

Between then and now, I have gone from being diagnosed with relapse remitting to secondary progressive ms.   I had one long hospital stay in 2006 and that was when my life started to change forever.  I started using a cane and walker and I had to stop teaching.  I have been on many many medicines and some of those have been life saving.  I have been taken care of by 17  years worth of doctors, nurses, aids, social workers, pshychologists, psychiatrists and physical and occupational therapists and there are no words adequate enough  for this group except to say they are true Angels and what each of them have done for me will never be taken for granted.  The world is a much better place with people like them.  I am forever greatful.  If you treat them with the kindness and respect they deserve, nine times out of 10,  they are kind to you in ways only they know how to do.

Currently,.  I have no use of my legs and my arms/hands are much weaker(which is extremely scary).  I cannot drive a regular vehicle.  It is awful getting my body into a car.   MS has always made parts of me a bit stiff(an ms symptom), but now my whole body can get stiff and unmanageable.  Trying to bend in order to sit in a car can hurt, make me cry, frustrate me and make me down right not nice.  It can be very unpleasant so I only get in a car when I have to.   Saying that, I have missed out on a lot of life.  I won't list the things I cannot do without somebody being able to physically put me in and out of the car or comfortabally being able to ride in a vehicle for more than a couple of hours and of course being independent enough and having the necessary driving equipment to drive myself.  Without these things, it is a lonely exsistence.  

I  want to live as independently as I can for as long as I can.   I want to pick up medicine for my daughter. I want to go places with friends.  I want to take my daughter shopping.  I want to be able to ride/drive for 10 hours again so I can see my sister in Ohio.  These are some of the things that I always took for granted.   I want a handicap equipped van because I am handicap and I deserve to live as normally as I can.  

Lastly,  there is no part of me that likes asking people for money.  However, I need help so I am swallowing my pride and asking you for that help.  Thank you...

love, kelley
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