Multiple Sclerosis Treatment.

$8,485 of $10k goal

Raised by 41 people in 37 months
Heather Nicole Burke  LAKE MARY, FL
On March 25th 2011 I went shopping a few hours prior to my shift at the pharmacy I had worked in for years. While at my favorite department store all of a sudden I started to trip consistently with my right leg, strange I thought? Within minutes my right arm hung at my side like dead weight, My vision then blurred out to a point that I could not focus further than a inch in front of me, My face went numb as if someone had placed a sheet of paper directly down the middle of my face cutting off feeling completely to one side. Did I just have a stroke? I'm 21 weeks pregnant! Is my baby okay? Something is very wrong. Those were some of the many things that ran trough my head within that 5 minute time span. After arriving at the emergency room with my mother and then 23 month old daughter in tow in was taken back for a MRI by a very nice man, I wish I could remember his name. We spoke a little prior to the exam and also chatted during the 45 minute long test. Now looking back on it I know why about 20 minutes into the test his demeanor changed, Why he seemed saddened. When I came out of the MRI this same man took my hand said good luck to you and your child with watery eyes. I remember thinking wow he looks tired. Within 20 minutes my entire world changed. The attending emergency room physician came in to room and those words came out. You have multiple sclerosis. Armed with a stack of papers explaining what multiple sclerosis was and a machine to pump me with steroids he seemed calm and collected as I broke down. This isn't fixable? How did this happen? I'm only 23 years old! Why me? Why? The day of March 25th 2011 is a day that constantly replays in my head. It will forever be the day I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

After years of battling this horrible disease I have lost most of my ability to walk unassisted or even write my name. Caring for my two very young children is very difficult. I am raising funds to help with the overwhelming cost of seeking a treatment to stop the progression of my multiple sclerosis. I will be traveling back and forth to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois for a bone marrow and stem cell transplant over the next few months. Donations are greatly appreciated as I face a huge expense from travel and medical expenses to help me get better. Every penny counts! Thank you for your support!

You can follow me through my transplant at www.facebook.com/heathernicolehsct

Please view my petition asking The National Multiple Sclerosis Society to please share the information about this treatment to others suffering with a autoimmune disease

http://www.change.org/petitions/national-multiple-sclerosis-society-multiple-sclerosis-patients-want-to-know-about-hsct
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Update 3
Posted by Heather Burke
35 months ago
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If your in the central Florida area come hang out with me this Thursday April 17th from 5-7 at Jimmy Hulas Lake Mary location!
Raffles, Good food, Good friends Good times! www.jimmyhulas.com
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Update 2
Posted by Heather Burke
36 months ago
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You can follow me through transplant day by day here. www.facebook.com/heathernicolehsct thank you for all your love, hope, support, donations and prayers! Xoxo -Heather
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Update 1
Posted by Heather Burke
37 months ago
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Here is a link to the same transplant I will be having in Chicago.

http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/videoindex.aspx?uuid=3316782556001
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$8,485 of $10k goal

Raised by 41 people in 37 months
Created March 1, 2014
Heather Nicole Burke  
DJ
$100
Deb McGee Johnson
31 months ago

I was diagnosed with MS in 2008, but unlike you, my illness is currently under control. I hope and pray my donation will help you find a treatment that works for you. God bless you and your family.

KB
$25
Karen Bourque-Scott
34 months ago

I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You are a beautiful women and your children are adorable. I don't use Facebook or Twitter and so appreciate Larry's updates on your progress. Prayers for the skills of the doctors and for your successful surgery. God bless you and your family each and every day. Karen Bourque-Scott

JM
$150
Jon McCleery
34 months ago
GS
$50
Grace S.
35 months ago(Offline Donation)
BM
$50
Beth Myatovich
35 months ago
RJ
$50
Roy & Bernadette J.
35 months ago(Offline Donation)
VS
$100
Vera S.
35 months ago(Offline Donation)
KJ
$50
Ken & Renee J.
35 months ago(Offline Donation)
JO
$100
Jim & Gerri O.
35 months ago(Offline Donation)
JS
$150
J & J Sclafani
35 months ago(Offline Donation)
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