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Please support Lori Childers Godfrey and her family through prayer, love and whatever financial donation you can contribute.

Lori Childers Godfrey was diagnosed with Lupus in September 2010. Lori is a registered nurse who works in the MICU at St. Mary's Medical Center. She is the mother to two sweet girls, Abigail (5) and Bella (3). She is leaning on her family, friends and husband, Dana, for support.

Lupus is a widespread and chronic autoimmune disease that, for unknown reasons, causes the immune system to attack the body's own tissues and organs, including the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood and skin. Lori's early symptoms included joint swelling, muscle and joint pain, extreme fatigue, breathing problems and loss of appetite. She also developed pleurisy, an imflammatory lung condition, which was extremely limiting and painful.

Treatment for Lori included steriods, painkillers and immunosuppressants and each of these classes of drugs can cause serious side effects, often creating a new set of problems. For Lori, this is exactly what happened. After diagnosis and a drug regimen was in place, Lori became immunosuppressed and developed shingles. As her drug regimen was adjusted, new symptoms continued to occur. Her fatigue continued to worsen with each new complication and hospitalization.

Recently, due to side effects of medication, Lori developed bowel problems. She has been hospitalized several times over the past few months and is now in Cleveland Clinic, hoping for a plan to resolve this newest and most debilitating complication. Her physician has thus far diagnosed her with colonic inertia, a disorder that has caused a portion of her bowel to lose motility, causing nausea, vomiting, extreme pain, abdominal swelling and fatigue. She has been told bowel surgery will probably be her only treatment and is struggling with the prospect of such a huge surgery.

Lori has had a low white blood cell count and a series of complications and hospitalizations. Because of this, she has been unable to work for months and is still facing an unknown amount of time off work. Medical expenses have already been and will continue to accrue as Lori and her family deal with this devastating diagnosis and its effects.

IN HER OWN WORDS:

"The worst part of this for me has been everyday not knowing if I'm going to have enough energy to take care of or play with my kids. My kids ask me everyday if I'm still sick. I can't imagine this being how they see me, how they see their mom."

FOR MORE INFO:

Visit www.lupus.org or www.mollysfund.org to learn more about Lupus and hear about its effects.

If you have any questions or would prefer to send a check, you can contact me at chosenstones@yahoo.com or message me on Facebook. A very special thank you to Jill Adkins, a mutual friend of mine and Lori's, who has helped promote this cause. If you know Jill, feel free to contact her at bgbftfr@yahoo.com or via Facebook also. Thank you so much for supporting this sweet mother, wife, nurse and friend!
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