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Kindness is powerful.
Kindness is humbling.
I am grateful for your help.
Hi Everyone! My name is Peggy Lawrence. I am a mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, teacher and friend, from Crown Point Indiana. My life for the past 23 years has been continually interrupted by Multiple Sclerosis. I have learned to be a survivor and a crusader. I diligently participate in a variety of weekly exercise routines. I mentor newly diagnosed people with MS and I am highly involved with the Indiana State Chapter of the MS Society. I try very hard not to let my life be dictated by this disease, but I constantly have to evaluate, reinvent, and adjust my daily habits to be able to stay as independent as possible. My ability to walk with ease unassisted has been taken away from me. My ability to participate in activities I love has been greatly reduced due to the progression of this disease. I long to walk with my grandchildren holding their hands, stand for long periods of time free from spasticity, dance, bike ride, and simply move confidently from room to room in my own home. Recently new and different challenges due to MS flare-ups have impacted my mobility, daily pain, and stability. I am blessed that my family and coworkers have been incredibly loving, supportive, and patient. I am able to continue part time teaching with the assistance of an understanding coworker and a very kind preschool board of directors.
Exciting news was shared with me while receiving my monthly infusion for my MS. Another patient told me about the HSCT procedure. Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant is an intense, month long hospital stay that involves four steps.
- Administration of Chemotherapy to Prepare Stem Cells for retrieval.
- Extraction and Cleaning of Stem Cells, removing memory of MS
- Additional Treatment of Chemotherapy to Shut Down the Current Immune System
- Injection of Cleaned Stem Cells to Re-Build the Immune System, free of MS
I began to research online and met with a patient who recently participated in this procedure. I asked her if she would have this procedure again and she emphatically replied “in a heartbeat!” What she has regained in a few short months is incredible. I am so happy for her! AFTER RESEARCHING THIS PROCEDURE I, TOO, WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY!!! This is not only a possibility but now a reality as I have been accepted into the HSCT program.
The cost of this treatment is $60,000 and I have learned insurance does not cover any of it. This is overwhelming but I cannot let the cost stop me. I am scheduled for this treatment March 26, 2018. We feel this will allow us the time to fundraise to help offset some of the cost. We are excited to plan fundraising events that will be filled with fun and love. Thank you for considering supporting me in this treatment. Thank you for your prayers. I am honored to have such a great family and many friends encouraging me through this new adventure.
The sky is the limit for me without MS!!! I fully intend to walk independently, play with my grandchildren, bike ride …. See you on the dance floor!!