Stem Cell Transplant for Ingrid
Organized by: Marcus and Joyce Smith
Our mother Ingrid was diagnosed with Scleroderma/Systemic Sclerosis in 2011. Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disease generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Scleroderma affects each person differently and is very unpredictable. It has affected her skin-causing vitiligo, her joints and muscles-causing her to be in constant, and at many times unbearable pain, not allowing her to have full use of her hands. It has also affected her lungs, esophagus, and her overall quality of life. See http://www.scleroderma.org for more information regarding scleroderma. Since diagnosis, she has been determined to heal from this dis-ease. She has done many things-cried, prayed, availed herself to the services of alternative and allopathic doctors, visited an array of practitioners from acupuncturists to chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, energy healers. She has juiced, visited mineral springs, taken supplements, changed her diet, etc., and cried and prayed some more. Although she has seen improvements during moments over the years, the symptoms have often returned, worsened, or new ones have developed. In the midst of all this, we're inspired by how she rarely complains, manages to maintain a positive attitude--most of the time ;-), joke, laugh, have fun and continue to live fully. This past summer, after suffering with an extended bout of tremendous pain and burning in her arms, hips, and back, she was motivated to do more research on viable treatments. She came across a promising treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL--Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT). This groundbreaking transplant uses chemotherapy and her own stem cells to reboot her immune system and stop this dis-ease in it's tracks! Many patients have seen great results with this treatment. We are all so excited about this and expect her to be able to experience similar results very soon! There are risks to consider. Yet, we're trusting that all will be well. This transplant offers her, us, and many others so much hope! So, here we are...doing something what's not easy for us to do: We are asking for your support to help our mother get this transplant and ease the financial burden of this treatment. She has done any and everything to ensure that we had the best life as children and up until this day does anything in her power to make sure that we still do. So we, in turn have the uttermost desire to do the same for her. Although she has medical insurance, it is a very expensive procedure that isn't fully covered. In addition to doctors, pharmaceutical, and hospital fees, there will be many additional expenses including but not limited to, travel expenses, temporary housing, and post transplant followups. This fundraising campaign has been established to help her and us pay for the expenses and to get the transplant which will make a positive impact on her life and her health and allow our mother to regain a pain free, and invigorating life. Please click the DONATE bar. All amounts no matter how big or small are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your generous support! Sincerely, Marcus & Joyce Smith, on behalf of our loving mother P.S. Don't forget to pray. And if you can't pray, or don't know how to pray, then please send lots of love and good thoughts.