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In June of 2011, Sarah was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disease. Please help her with her battle by donating today.

Sarah became sick five years ago in 2006 after she had her first miscarriage. She was rushed to the hospital with giant hives, swelling of the hands, feet, face and tongue and went into anaphylactic shock. This started off a chain of events that has turned into a medical nightmare. Since that initial outbreak, the hives and anaphylaxsis continued on an almost daily basis. Doctors were baffled and did not know what to do for her and some even dismissed her altogether even when she would visit their office swollen and bright red with hives. In the following five years, Sarah had two more miscarriages. She also had two live births but the pregnancies were dangerous and she almost died each time as the anaphylaxsis, swelling and hives did not abate but grew worse.

After the birth of our second child in September of 2010, Sarah's health took a nose dive. In November of 2010 she suffered from anaphylaxsis and again had to be rushed to the emergency room. After visiting numerous doctors one suggested she get a radical hysterectomy. Willing to try anything at this point, on December 22, 2010, Sarah underwent a complete hysterectomy at only 34 years old. One week after surgery she relapsed, only ten times worse than ever before.

For the next six months, Sarah was unable to accomplish the most simplest of tasks due to all the medicine she was taking to keep her stable. The doctors she saw still had no idea what was wrong with her. They has never seen a case like hers before.

In June of 2011, Sarah found an amazing Immunologist that was able to diagnose Sarah with Auto-immune recalcitrant urticaria, angiodema and anaphylaxsis. This is a rare auto immune disorder in which the body attacks itself through the skin, lungs, face, hands, feet and mouth. If she doesn't take her medicine, she ends up going into anaphylactic shock. Even with medicine, she gets severe hives on a daily basis. Sarah now takes a daily regime of Prograf, which is a very strong immuno-suppressant, intramuscular shots of diphenhydramine (hospital dose benadryl) and two different types of other anti-histamines.

After five years of extreme illness, doctors visits, and hospital visits, we have racked up a large amount of debt. Sarah's disease still has not stabilized and her future is uncertain. She is unable to work and at this point she might never be able to work again. Every day is a struggle for her.

This 5 year battle has drained the family both mentally and financially. Sarah is struggling to keep fighting but the mounting bills are a worry we would like to take away from her. We can't change her disease, but we can help her fight it! Thank you all for your donations and support.
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