Help Stefania get Multiple Sclerosis treatment

In recent times I have become acutely aware of the future that I am facing with Multiple Sclerosis. It’s a reality, that many of us end up in wheelchairs and no matter what the professionals say, there really is no way of knowing who will end up losing their mobility as well as a multitude of other issues from incontinence, to speech and swallowing problems. It’s just a matter of time really.

I guess in many ways, it’s like a lucky dip – or not so lucky dip. But I’m not one to let things get me down so I stay positive, always looking at the possibilities and never on what I’ve missed out on.

As someone who believes that life is for living to the fullest, it’s been a challenge to accept that this illness is going to cause serious and irreversible damage to me with time. Like many people who have MS, we can live in a bit of denial about it, bouncing back from relapses like nothing has ever happened. I guess we each reach a point where the reality of our disease hits home. My wake-up call happened a couple of months ago when I found myself in a wheelchair for the duration of my relapse. I was not prepared for this and it really changed how I looked at my illness.

After thankfully making a full recovery, life for me with MS has changed. I am conscious that time is ticking away. Each day is another possible relapse away from having my mobility gone again, and for how long, I don’t know. Each relapse creates more damage that can’t be undone.

I have tried lots of medications and lifestyle changes to get myself healthy enough to endure this disease. But they just haven’t been enough. I keep going downhill.

I have asked so many questions, and researched endlessly for a solution. Did I want to go back to the usual MS drugs that made me feel so sick and unwell? Should I try another eating and lifestyle change? Was there something else out there? Something outside the box?

Sure enough…there is! It’s called Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants (HSCT). More and more Australians are travelling overseas to Russia, Singapore and Mexico to undergo a stem cell transplants.

It’s a technique that has been used for cancer sufferers for many years, but is still considered ‘new’ in the treatment of MS. Trials are being conducted right now in Australia to help doctors here determine if this treatment does in fact have the long-lasting effects its users are purporting, but it’s a long way off being introduced as a legitimate therapy in this country. In Russia alone there have been more than 800 people with MS from across the world who have undergone the transplant with incredible results. People are walking, running, dancing, working, following their dreams and looking after their families again.

This is what I wish for myself. I want the chance to stay healthy and contribute to the people in my life for as long as I can. I would love to be able to finish the studies I started back in 2011 and eventually start working with children again, this time helping kids whose parents are involved in high conflict divorces. I’d love to be able to walk and run with my dogs every day without needing a sleep afterwards. I would love to spend the next 25 years with the man I love and not have him push me around in a wheelchair every day, or bathe me or feed me – not just yet. I understand now, why people are travelling half-way across the world to get a treatment that costs tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a chance at life again!

If I undergo this treatment, I will dedicate myself to the cause of making HSCT financially available to people in Australia and spend my time promoting this therapy as a viable and much needed treatment. I will dedicate myself to being a brighter and more uplifting person because I will have had my second chance. Not everyone gets one of those and it is a gift not to be squandered! I want to honour the generosity of those who have offered their support by giving back and dedicating my life to helping others again and this time with the energy and vitality that this work deserves!

If I am to get this wish, I am going to need some help. I have been lucky enough to be able to tap into some long-term savings to help cover the costs of the transplant, but it’s not quite enough. I’m hoping to raise $40,000 to cover the costs of travelling and to cover any post-transplant complications.

The timeline for this transplant has become critical and we’ve only got a couple of months to get this funding. It looks like I’ll be able to get the HSCT done sometime in August at this stage, so time is ticking!! I’m hoping that you will join me on this journey and spread the word about this amazing treatment! Every dollar raised acts as the life-line to a new beginning for me! Join me in this fight for a new chance at life without MS – A life worth living!!

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    • $10 
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Stefania Fischer 
Organizer
Blackstone Heights TAS
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