So three years ago, I tore my meniscus. I had a medial meniscus tear which I had surgery on.  I had it sutured and thought it was fixed... So I thought.
Throughout the past couple years I have been struggling with knee pain on and off again which has been affecting my career as a dancer. Having to take days, weeks, and even several months off at time to allow more healing to happen. During those times of healing, I have missed out on some amazing opportunities to dance with inspirational choreographers, artists, and some really cool shows.
Recently, I have not been able to get a full night's sleep due to the fact that I have been waking up with shooting pain in my knee. It would feel like someone put a flame thrower in my knee cap and turned it on full blast. I would wake up crying, have to ice it, and soak it in extremly hot water to dull out the pain enough to where I could get back to sleep. 'till a couple hours later when I would jolt up from bed in pain again. After dealing with that for a couple weeks, I called my doctor, Dr. Peter A. Feilds who is a leading doctor in stem cell research. I started looking to stem cell and prolo therapy due to the fact the surgery I had wasn't effective.
I have been going to Doctor Fields for about two and a half years now getting prolo therapy which has been helping until recently. After being in so much with pain with no explenation, Dr. Feilds had me get an MRI and the results were devastating. The results showed that the surgery I got three years ago did nothing. I have tears in my meniscus surrounded by scar tissue.  Worst of all, at 23 years old, my meniscus is depleting and will progress until there is nothing left to stop bone on bone contact. Once Dr. Feilds got this MRI he told me I could NO LONGER DANCE or I Could blow out my knee completely and never be able to dance again.
But there is hope for me. With your help, I can get stem cell injections which is an $8,000 procedure which will re-grow my meniscus as if I were back in the womb. 
This is a 5 hour procedure where they would take fat from my stomach and bone marrow from my hip,  collect all the stem cells, and inject it into my knee to re-grow my depleting meniscus making it good as new. The recovery time is four months --which is no time at all.
The sooner I can get this treatment the better because I'm in pain all the time whether it's sitting, standing, or trying to sleep. I have yet to get a full nights sleep without waking in the middle of the night.  But most importantly I need this so I can get back to doing what I love and DANCE AGAIN.
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Payton Murillo 
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