We have set up this page on behalf of our mother Lorraine wing (Molloy). Lorraine is a loving mother of her three children, Matthew(30), danielle(26) and mikayla(23).
Lorraine has always been active, she loved working, getting out and doing her evening walks around the neighbour hood. She had a sense of independence and freedom to wake up and do what made her feel good about herself. She always seen the positive side to life and enjoyed giving in anyway she could and because of that she has raised 3 wonderful children who she is most proud of.
Until one day, her world turned upside down.
Suffering a car crash in 2009, this is when Lorraine learned of changes in her feet and legs that she noticed. Cold feet, discolouration in the legs and swelling. Not thinking much of it, she visited her GP who then referred her for further testing. With ongoing investigations of MRIs in the hospital with consultants. Lorraine was officially diagnosed with MS(Multiple Sclerosis) at the age of 47, a year later from her accident.
At first, Lorraine found this news hard to take in, not knowing much about her diagnosis she was afraid of what it all meant and what it held for her and her future as an active mother of 3 children but the person she has been and still
is today, she did not see this as and end.
Lorraine carried on working after her diagnosis and learned that she would eventually lose her mobility over time, not knowing how bad but she kept on going day to day with all her heart and strength.
Within a couple of years, her balance was worsening, she required a walking stick and suffered with bad restless legs. The MS did not only affect her walking but her memory and sleeping pattern. Family members could see she was repeating the same conversations, not knowing the day or even finding it hard to even remember things she had done during her week.
This was very hard on Lorraine. She was suffering from the inside, her mobility her strength had been taken from her. Not knowing who she is as person anymore losing her will to live a normal life.
This carried into years and led to her not wanting to leave the house and felt like a burden to others. She did not want to feel like she had to be helped constantly to do normal things. Family members along with her children would encourage her and try to get her to leave the house and do things but her motivation had disappeared over the years.
Lorraine is very dependant on her children. Mikayla who is the youngest of the 3 has taken on the responsibility to become her mothers carer at only the age of 21. Her children have been with her since day 1 and never let her go through it all alone.
By 2018, Lorraine had got so bad with her mobility that her bedroom had to be moved to the downstairs of the house as climbing the stairs became a difficult task in itself as well as even trying to do laundry or making herself food.
During the COVID lockdown, Lorraine suffered and lived most of her days in front of the tv or in her bedroom isolated as she is high risk. Not being able to see her mother or sister really made the whole illness for her unbearable. She was fed up!
Lorraine has been encouraged to take sessions of physio to help strengthen her body again but it wasn’t enough. She didn’t feel
any difference in herself. This is when we did more research to discover stem cell treatment.
On 20th of July 2021, Lorraine had a dream and that dream was to be able to walk again. She wants to live and to feel freedom in herself. Knowing she will eventually possible be fully bed bound and rely on her wheelchair full time in a couple of years, with a little help from her family Lorraine has opened up to learn about stem cell treatment in which she discovered that this could be her chance to live again and feel normal.
HSCT is a harsh treatment that removes the stem cells from her peripheral blood through a bone marrow transplant, they then give a high dose of chemotherapy and then put your healthy stem cells back into the nervous system. You are in isolation and given steroids during your full recovery period.
The process takes roughly 30-40 days and when home Patients have to isolate for up to 6 months so they can rebuild their immune system.
Lorraine has spoken to previous patients who have undergone the same treatment and has had a lot of positive feedback from their experiences.
So, within a week mikayla who is her youngest as well as the support of her two eldest Matthew and Danielle have made contact with Lorraine’s doctors, neurologists and have sent in details to approve her for the stem cell treatment.
Four days later days Lorraine was approved and made eligible for treatment in MAY 2022.
With such short time and only a couple of months away we are deeply asking for everyones help!
As you can imagine something like this is not cheap and comes with a price .
This treatment will be costing €50,000.
We are setting up this page with the hopes of fundraising as much money as we can for her.
This is a massively life changing treatment which will stop the MS in its tracks and with a lot of work from Lorraine when she comes home she may possibly gain her mobility back slowly after a lot of physical exercise and persistence. SHE COULD WALK AGAIN!
If you know Lorraine, you know she is such a fighter and never lets anything get her down, so let’s do this for her, LETS GET LORRAINE TO RUSSIA.