At age 17, Amy Breault was shocked when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite her diagnosis as a teenager, Amy’s life is about perseverance and fighting to live the best life she can every day. Her smile is infectious and her positive attitude would blow you away. At age 34, Amy’s muscles are not cooperating and her legs feel like wooden boards! Her muscles are so tight she is unable to bend her legs without help. Amy has been limited to her wheelchair for the past four years.
I want to hold my daughter's hand and walk her into school.
Being a single mom, I want to continue caring for my daughter. I am finally able to live independently and I want to my daughter with me.
I can handle the decline in my vision; but I refuse to accept that I will not walk on my own again.
My heart breaks when my daughter sees me fall when we are in our apartment. She is scared for me and I am sad for her.
Taking a shower can be a huge challenge. If I fall, it is difficult to get out of the shower on my own.
Since my stem cell transplant, I have seen huge progress but I want to continue to regain strength.
In 2016 as her physical health deteriorated, she received a successful stem cell transplant in Russia. Amy has made a lot of progress since the stem cell transplant but her biggest challenge continues to be walking! Fitness and therapy are vital components to Amy’s future! The Technogym Posterior Flexability machine allows Amy to stretch both legs and the machine is essential for Amy to walk! After stretching on the machine, Amy is able to strength train at the gym with assistance. The machine costs $4,300. Amy goes to the South Shore YMCA and uses their stretching machine multiple times a week but it is not enough. About 4 hours after using the stretching machine, Amy’s muscles tighten and she is unable to bend her legs without help. Amy must strengthen her legs, back and midsection to walk again. She is unable to build the necessary strength with her legs being so tight. It is a vicious cycle!
Amy is a fighter with tremendous spirit! Forward her story to your friends. Any donation is appreciated..... skip your morning Dunkin Donuts coffee or make a box of pasta rather than order a pizza...give $5, $15, $50 or whatever you are inspired to give. No one is more deserving than Amy Breault!
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