Page is a 44-year old, kind, loving, devoted wife and mother of three children ages 16, 11 and 7. Prior to her illness, Page would rise very early in the morning to begin her work as a full-time, hourly contractor. After working for several hours, she would get her kids ready and off to school. She would then finish her work day, pick up her kids from school, and coordinate homework, dinner and family activities. Page is very active in her children’s school and her church community.
Page loves her God, her family and the Cleveland Browns.
Page fell ill Thanksgiving week 2017 with what she thought was a virus. She was hospitalized later that week because she couldn’t stand up without feeling faint. They discovered she had low blood pressure that wasn’t regulating correctly when she was upright. She was treated and released. Two days later she developed severe abdominal pain. Back at the hospital, she was initially diagnosed with Pancreatitis. While waiting for one of the many tests to determine the exact cause of her pain, Page suffered a Grand Mal seizure. She was placed on anti-seizure medication. After further testing, doctors found her gallbladder was only functioning at 3%. It was removed, but Page has continued to have seizures.
She was transferred to a world-class hospital in Cleveland to determine the cause of her seizures. After many, many tests, the doctors diagnosed her with Autoimmune Encephalitis pan Dysautonomia. Something (they don’t know what) caused her autoimmune system to kick in to high gear. Unfortunately, this affected the ganglia in the temporal lobes of her brain. These lobes control basic, subconscious bodily functions such as regulating blood pressure, feeling hungry, processing food, etc. It has also severely impacted her short-term memory. She has often been confused about what is happening to her.
Page is on many medications to try to get her body to function properly. She is completing a blood filtering process to eliminate the multitude of antibodies that are causing her current condition. She is slowly making progress, but she has a long road ahead of her with no guarantee of how much function will return.
Fight with Page!
In a very short period of time, Page went from a healthy, productive, high-functioning individual to someone fighting to get back to her family and her life. Funds raised will help to cover the myriad of medical costs associated with Page’s long hospital stay, tests and treatments. In addition, the family will need continued help as Page transitions back home.
Thank you so much for considering to help my dear friend! Feel free to share this link to help get the word out. Please include Page and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
"I will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.” Wonder Woman
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