~On December 10th, 2018, Jaclyn Woznicki became disoriented and lost vision in one eye, landing in the ER with an MS diagnosis. Since diagnosis, Jaclyn’s vision has mostly returned and she is staying super positive about the new situation. She’s adopted an anti-inflammatory diet called The Wahls’ Protocol as well as meditation, acupuncture, reiki, an MS specific weight training program, Pilates & yoga into every day life and has been on a very aggressive disease modifying drug. All of this has helped to prevent more lesions from forming in her brain, but her symptoms progress, abilities have been impaired and her energy waivers.
** Jaclyn will be undergoing a procedure called HSCT, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. HSCT is a treatment for autoimmune diseases and cancer that has proven to halt the disease progression. After being exposed to high dose chemotherapy, the patient receives a transplant of their own Hematopoietic stem cells to reboot the immune system. The purpose of the HSCT process is to stop the immune system from causing further damage to the body and central nervous system, as well as repairing damage that’s already been done. This treatment will be performed at Clinca Ruíz, in Monterrey Mexico. Run by a Mayo Clinic doctor of hematology, Clinica Ruíz is world leader in conducting HSCT for autoimmune diseases. Positive results have been found in 78% of patients.
~HSCT is the closest thing to a cure for MS in existence. It isn’t an easy road, nor is it inexpensive, but when faced with the decision of whether to allow MS to take control of your body & life, or go through this procedure to secure a better chance at living on your terms, there’s no question. This treatment is not covered by insurance which is why Jaclyn needs our help.
~Although Jaclyn may often look and act like she’s doing great, because she has such a positive spirit towards working on her nutrition and exercise to fight this disease, behind closed doors she’s struggles with an overwhelming fatigue, brain fog & heat sensitivity that leads to vibrations, spasticity, pain and loss of feeling in her arms, back, hips and legs. You may see her at the gym or in yoga, because exercise helps to keep these symptoms from escalating and the activity creates energy, but there’s not been a day since diagnosis that Jaclyn doesn’t suffer from a few, if not all of these symptoms. She’s has had to close her store early or open late on several occasions because as much as she wants to be there, her body fights her.
~Jaclyn is passionate about nature and loves to spend her time doing beach clean ups, hiking, biking and paddle boarding. She has dedicated her professional life to enriching the Lake Tahoe community by supporting local art. Perhaps you’ve been in to her local art store, Trunk Show where Jaclyn fosters a sustainable local artist community. She has organized fundraisers to help locals going through medical emergencies as well as supports local nonprofits to better our community. To say the least Jaclyn is an extremely selfless, kind, and passionate member in our community, and is always finding ways to give back and help people in need.
~Jaclyn has given an immense amount of love, creativity, passion, and generosity to our community. She is an inspiration to myself and many others. It is time for us to help her in her time of need. Any amount given will help her receive the treatment she needs to be the amazing friend, wife, daughter, and business owner that we all need and want her to be. Thank you for taking the time to learn about Jaclyn's story. No amount is too small to help one of our favorite people take her life back!
Jeanna Gruetzemacher ( Lanza )
*if you’d like to support Jaclyn’s efforts to be well but don’t want to do so through this site, you can use Venmo @jaclyn-woznicki or send a check to:
PO BOX 5848
Tahoe City, CA 96145
If you’d like to contact Jaclyn for more
information about HSCT or the MS specific
anti-imflammatory diet, The Wahls’ Protocol feel free to email her at
Moonshine Ink’s story about Jaclyn’s fight against MS:
The Tahoe City Downtown Association did a nice write up:
Videos & info about Clinica Ruiz
Articles about HSCT
Selma Blair received HSCT