12 years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis better known as MS. This is a life debilitating disease. I currently use a cane/walker to be mobile; this includes a wheelchair at times. With the way the disease is progressing, at 35 years old, I will be in a wheelchair within a year fulltime. This disease robs you of many things. Your sight, your sense of feeling in your hands and feet, your balance/ability to walk, your ability to tolerate heat, your energy, I end up spending my spare time sleeping. I can no longer be a bench warmer on my son’s team. It breaks my heart daily that I can’t spend time with him by myself, because I’m unable to move fast enough to keep up with him, I cannot go outside with him and I spend the weekends sleeping instead of spending time watching him grow up. What can help this disease you ask? There is no cure for MS. People must adapt to their disabilities and live with the disease as it comes. I don’t like the sound of that and have found that a form of stem cell treatment can stop the progression of the disease and help the body heal itself. Most stem cell treatment is done in Europe and Mexico but I found Dr. Burt out of Chicago through a friend. I had my initial evaluation with Dr. Burt at the beginning of May 2017and I will never forget when he told me he could help me. On April 5, 2018 I will check into the hospital. During the hospitalization, I will have 4 days of chemo to completely wipe out my immune system and then receive my stem cells back on April 10, 2018. I will essentially have the immune system of an infant at that point. The first 100 days after receiving my stem cells back are the most crucial. My body will need to rebuild its immune system all over. After the ups and downs of chemo I could be symptom free! The funds raised will be used to: · Pay for hotel stays in Chicago where the treatment will be done. · Transportation from Milwaukee to Chicago and back, and cab rides to and from the hospital. · Meals/food for the family while we are down there. · Pay medical bills as they come in. This treatment is not cheap; on average it can cost $150,000 without insurance. · While I will be out of full time work for a couple months, bills will continue to come in. Any shape or form of support is greatly appreciated. Any additional funds raised will be given to a patient going through this same process. I will be updating my caring bridge page as I am able to https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kattierouselatos,
so you are able to see my progress and come visit if you would like. Can I get a share & a prayer?