Stem Cells For Ashley

As some of you may or may not know my name is Ashley (Smitley)Carver I am 27 years old and have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I'm not really sure where or how to start because this is very hard for me so I'll start from the beginning. July 2012 , 22 years old I would wake up exhausted-like fall asleep driving tired-always and with my feet and hands feeling ice cold and numb. Fast forward a month when while driving my daughter to my parents so I could go to work I was unable to move my legs to brake. I was fortunate enough to be able to cross traffic to get to a parking lot and not get hit and from there my mom took me to the ER where I had none functioning legs. Aftwr a few dozen test Aug 2nd 2012 I was told I had MS. My first question being will I walk again? Luckily for me I was given a couple round of steroid infusions and was able to gain use of my legs backs, still with numbness but use non the less. At this point I was forced to quit my job. I was put on 3 different medications before finding one that was stabilizing my lesions. I was doing fine on a pill- Gileniya- for 2 years when my side effects became unbearable. Yet again another med change. Plegridy was another self discharged shot that is had to administer to myself. With both shots I was on came much heighten anxiety which I already had prior. So after 1 year on that I couldn't take it anymore with out hyperventlating hours before. Between medicines I had to undergo many more 3 day steroid infusions for new lesions that were not being taken care of by the medicine. I am limited on my options from here.   So as I sit here writing this up I now have 26 total active lesions between my spine and brain. Two of the biggest ones are on the part of my brain that deals with memory and the other is on my pituitary gland. Which both can cause big problems like forgetting who my 6 year old daughter was for a few moments or forgetting memories of her birth or likes and dislikes of her and my husband. All things I know I knew but I can't do anything about it now, but relearn. So although I am not disabled in the sense of a wheelchair I am in the sense of being a prisoner in my own head and living in the fear if not know what's happening next. So thank you if you have followed through with this this far because now I am asking you for help with my medical expenses for a stem cell transplant with Dr Burt in Chicago. It is a very expensive but promising procedure that can stop MS in its tracks. So please if you are unable to donate please just help spread awareness of this horrible disease that has no cure and is affecting hundreds if not millions of people. Thank you for your time! ♡♡¿

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Ashley Carver
Holland, OH

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