I guess this could have been put into the personal section... but it also fits in the medical and healing catagory...
I name is Ahna LaFond, and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in August of 1997; a month before I turned 15. In '97 MS patients were to stop physcical activity...which was devistating to me... I was Avid volleyball player, tennis and softball athlete, along with my love for Dancing. Granted, had I not been diagnosed, I might not have the love and strive to sing and acting (on stage) like I do now, but even that proves to be difficult now.
I was also very active in my local Renaissance faire...preforming annually. I can no longer participate due to the lack of energy/stamina. Life is very difficult now, as I gave birth 2 years ago to a beautiful baby boy. I actually cried the first time we went to the park, and I couldn't run and play with him at the playground; I had to sit on the sidelines, so to speak, and only watch.
I appologize for my writing, I am getting emotional just thinking of the things of my past I used to do, but no longer am able, and about the things I can't offer to do with my son. It breaks my heart, because I have managed to do somethings before my disease progressed to where it has; I lost 120lbs and was able to undergo a pannilectomy to remove the excess abdominal fat
I constantly research Multiple Sclerosis, and have extensively researched the CCSVI proceedure, founded by Dr. Somboni of italy. I stroingly feel that this proceedure would allow me to gain control and return the stamina needed to continue my life. They do the proceedure in my area, I just lack in the $10K needed to do it...That is what brought me here. I've been swallowing my pride in great amounts lately, first getting a wheelchair for my bad days, and now asking for help to raise the funds for this proceedure...As an armywife who is nolonger allowed to work by her neurologists, this and the lottery are my last hopes.