Lauren's MS Treatment - Reprogram Her Life
To allow Lauren to get HSCT Treatment for her MS in Moscow so that she can lead the life she has dreamed of.Auckland
I need your help - my beautiful, amazing youngest daughter Lauren has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). https://www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/what-is-ms
In Dec 2015, at the age of 22 years old, she was told the news that changed her life and ours.
Like many of you reading this, we didn't know much about M.S. - we do now.
Lauren has what is termed 'relapsing-remitting MS'.
Daily she lives with constant nerve pain, spasms, loss of feeling in arms, legs and chronic fatigue.
What this means is, that in order to get to work and lead as much as a normal life as possible she has to take a cocktail of medication. She also has to get an infusion of a specialised drug every 5 weeks at the City Hospital to help slow down the progression of her MS.
At the time of diagnosis Lauren was studying for an IT degree at University. Her outlook changed and she decided that - not knowing how her MS would progress - she needed to do something that she really cared about and had a passion for.
At the beginning of 2019 she qualified as a Veterinary Nurse and was rewarded with a full-time position at a local Vet Practice. Lauren loves animals having previously volunteered at the SPCA.
Having MS along with a full time job Lauren has no energy for anything else except looking after her dog Boss and her rabbits Kale and Tequila.
Lauren's DREAM is to work with animal charities around the world caring for stray and sick animals.
To achieve this dream Lauren needs to have the only treatment currently available to halt the progression of MS. This is not available in New Zealand. Which is why we need your help to raise money for Lauren to go to Moscow where the treatment has been successful.
What is HSCT?
Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is an intense chemotherapy treatment for MS. It aims to stop the damage MS causes by wiping out and then regrowing your immune system, using your stem cells. https://www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/treatments-and-therapies/disease-modifying-therapies/hsct
Lynn Yeaman's involvement (page creator)
I am Lauren's mum who is raising the funds on behalf of her to show her it can be done.
Use of funds
To pay for treatment in Moscow ($78,000), Flights, Accommodation, and Medical and living expenses for her Recovery (up to 6 months) which would not be covered by the New Zealand Health System. Any money left over would be donated to the MS Society.
Thank you to everyone for being so generous especially at this time of year. I really didn't think we could possibly raise enough money for the treatment. However with the progress so far it really could happen. Thank you for giving me hope! Cute bunny pic of Kale for attention lol
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This page was created on 16 Nov 2019 and closes on 9 Nov 2020.