Up until about March of this year, Danielle was a fun, energetic normal 24 year old with a passion for running and working with children. She was an elite runner who averaged 70 miles per week and would laugh if you told her she had to skip a run because of pain. In fact, in November of 2013 she competed in the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon (see photo above) while battling bronchitis! Fast forward to March of this year when she had an onset of knee pain (in addition to already receiving treatment for her opposite knee). That pain progressed to include many other symptoms that have been consistently progressing. Her condition has recently deteriorated to the point of being bed ridden due to extreme pain, weakness, fatigue, and a host of other symptoms. She is now missing work and school due to the nature of her symptoms.
Update: 8/21/14 - Despite extensive diagnostic testing she has not received a diagnosis, and her symptoms continue to get worse. She has been hospitalized for several weeks with still no diagnosis and continues to have new symptoms. The longer she goes without answers, the more medical bills she's likely to have between her hospitalization, diagnosis, evenutal treatment, and recovery. Please donate whatever you can to help offset the financial burden that this is likely to have on her and her family.
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