In 2017, Donna started suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that affects the joints. In her case, the RA spread throughout her entire body and has caused excruciating pain in every joint. At its worst, it left Donna unable to drive, stand up, or even walk more than a few steps.
She has been working for over a year to aggressively treat her RA. On top of constant doctor appointments, she has been dedicated to a very strict diet and pill regime to combat her symptoms. (Those of you who have been around her will be familiar with her regular phone alarms reminding her to take her next pills!) She had undergone a battery of tests and has endured endless trial and error to find a treatment that would address her specific case.
Over the last few months of 2018, she has finally begun seeing significant progress. She is able to drive and walk and hold her grandkids again, and she was even able to ride her bike again! However, she still has a long journey of recovery in front of her.
In October, she took a leap of faith and got stem cell injections. It can take several months for the effects to be felt, but the research is very promising and we're hopeful this will help restore her mobility.
In order to offset the cost of this treatment, we have set up this GoFundMe campaign (as a surprise!) to support our mom as she continues her fight. Any gift will help - whether through here or via check or bank transfer! Contact Kari ([email redacted]) or Tiffany ([email redacted]) for more info.
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