Help Taylor with MS Diagnosis

Taylor is a perpetual risk taker. When she was 20 she packed up and moved to Chicago with a backpack and $50 to her name willing to bet on herself. Over the years she has moved through several salons leaving each of them better than when she walked in. She fast tracked her career and balancing between both men’s grooming and  through training helped others bet on themselves, as well.

 

She has always been a meticulous planner and willing to care for herself when needed. One of my dad’s favorite stories is when she first moved to Chicago and saved her pennies and planned a short trip for herself to Arizona – prioritizing her mental health amongst all the hard work she was doing. She planned it down to the dollar and made it happen, on her own and not asking for help.

 

Things took a turn when COVID hit and she was left with limited hours and no travelling and training job. She pulled it together and made it work, never stopping to ask for help or pity. She still prioritized herself and her mental health and took this as an opportunity to grow her relationships within her new community of St Paul and with her boyfriend. She made frequent trips home to visit even if the money was tight. When things started getting back to normal she was able to find a more permanent and local training position and is thriving in that environment with new friends and a healthy relationship.

 

Almost immediately when she started with the new salon, she started to feel tingling at the bottom of her feet and that had progressed to losing feeling from her feet to her ribs. This sensation has lasted for several weeks and over that time she has had to get two MRIs and a spinal tap – with doctors visits and an ER visit in between – to end in being diagnosed with MS. Her spirit, as always, is fantastic and knows to prioritize her health no matter the cost.

 

Unfortunately beyond being semi-unemployed over the last year she will now have to start paying for those tests as well as medication that she will have to inject herself with three times a week for the rest of her life, which is not an inexpensive measure to keep herself healthy. This medication will allow the “episodes” she is experiencing, like the loss of feeling, to be more spaced out and thus have less long term effects. She will also continue to work with a neurologist and receive an MRI every two years for the rest of her life. Obviously, as someone who loves and cares for Taylor and everything she offers this world, I want to see her thrive to the best of her ability and continue to share all of her gifts. To be able to completely do that I would like to ask for your help however you are able. Although the amount seems steep, this will likely only cover the doctors visits and her first three months of medication. Please feel free to reach out with questions!

To donate directly to MS research 


--Amber Duffield
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Organizer and beneficiary

Amber Duffield 
Organizer
Sandwich, IL
Taylor Duffield 
Beneficiary