Auto Immune Warrior

I am thankful I can share my story with and if I do nothing else but inspire you, my purpose has been done. My name is Ruth Ann. I am a Daughter. A sister. A mother. A friend. A family member and a wife .... don't tell the hubby the order (our secret). In Jan 2015, I had what at the time felt like an annoying mosquito bite on the center of my spine right where you would fasten your bra strap. I kept asking all my kids, sorry children (they're not goats as my Aunt Connie would say) - you might catch that one on the way home (laughter is good for the soul) to itch or is it scratch. They kept saying mom nothing is there. There are six children so I had twelve hands to choose from. And one by one I had them all going at this insatiable itch. So for that entire month I was like a crazy woman insisting with all the children, "For God's sake just scratch it". As February rolled in, I started noticing a horizontal patch in my left eye. I could see above and below it but not through it. I immediately made an appointment with the eye doctor. This is where my life changed forever. Upon the visit, she kept looking saying nothing, deeper and deeper, surprised she didn't see the gears in my brain moving. The Eye Doctor immediately sent me to the Optimologist. Her exact instructions were, go straight there, do not leave until they see you, insist that you must see her. Oh and drive safely as i have already dilated your eyes ( lol). I sat and waited for about 3hrs to see the Optimologist, who without hesitation says, I need to admit you to hospital you can not leave, "What!!! Wait!! For my eyes" I think this is the on set of MS she says .... I am sitting there dumb founded...as my mom's sister has that. Immediately tears involuntarily stream down my face. As I write this tears run down, that moment changed my life. From that day to now, there has been so much in between. But fast forward - Sept 2017 - I am now a Warrior. An auto immune Warrior. I am have been diagnosed with Lupus SLE, Transverse Myelitis and Neuro Myelitis Optica. I am a very special warrior. My disorder is not one with a cure as yet. I am presently unable to see out my left eye (so imagine typing through the tears of my one good eye- lol) Presently I am unable to walk. I attend physical therapy 5 times a week. Since 2015, I have learned to walk 5 times. This is my 6th time. In Feb of 2017, I suffered a NMO coma (had some wild dreams story for my blog) which really took me to my weakest point with no core strength, no leg movement and weakened muscle strength in arms. However, I know now that this is going to be my greatest come back. Against this background, I need your help .... I know...I know what you're thinking "she need to help me after making me read all that - lol". I have always been the entrepreneur and the go getter. I have been working for myself for the past 9yrs. I am now limited to disability (which took me over a year to even consider it). At this juncture, I need your help. I need to buy  a wheelchairs ( to be able to go to the beach), a hoya lift for transfer and a special cushion to prevent sores which I battled. Your assistance is greatly appreciated with whatever you can donate. But if your unable to help, and I have been able to encourage you ... My job is done!!! Thank You.
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RuthAnn Newton-Lightbourne 
Organizer
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Patricia Josey 
Beneficiary
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