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Family and friends of Patti Allison are uniting to raise money to help in her battle with an unknown illness.

Patti has an appointment at Mayo Clinic July 16th 2012 in Phoenix and is optimistic of a diagnosis. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
The diagnosis Patti got from ENT Specialists in Denver was Aphthous Ulcers which basically means canker sores. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphthous_ulcer
They really don’t know what it is or what causes them. Patti’s ulcers in her throat cover the whole back of her throat; they do not look like the small lesions of an Apthous Ulcer. An outbreak can last up to a month so when Patti has no vacation time accumulated she has to use gone time. She has been with her place of business for 27 years and her job is protected by FMLA which is a blessing but no pay hurts.
The ulcers are very painful in the back of her throat. She cannot eat, drink or swallow because of the pain from the ulcers. It feels like sunburn and is very painful. Inflamed ulcers in the throat cause the sensation of a constant earache which is miserable for her.
She has scars on the back of her throat and roof of her mouth because of the ulcers. Her uvula in throat has been eaten away because of ulcers over past few years and she has lost nearly 50 lbs. What worries us is what else the ulcers are eating away over time? This last spell of ulcers affected her vocal chords. The ulcers are only getting worse over time and spreading to other areas of the throat.
She has had biopsies, cultures, and a battery of other tests and a series of drugs thrown at her to band-aid the problem. Several trips to the ER for fluids because of dehydration.
She has been on steroids for 3 ½ years that take the ulcers away but one needs to worry what long-term use of steroids is doing to her body. She is a guinea pig because Drs cannot figure out what it is or what to do with her.

For 3 ½ years Patti has struggled with these ulcers which are believed to be stress related. Her daughter was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008 right before Patti’s first outbreak of ulcers. Her daughter battled cancer for two years with Patti by her side every possible minute she could; during chemo, radiation and surgeries. Patti’s daughter passed away in 2010 at 32 years old; leaving a 10-year-old son behind. Patti is a strong positive person but the hurt over the loss of her child has been overwhelming to her causing stress, causing sickness….

Her finances have been hit hard due to her illness. She lost her house a year ago and is now renting, she has outstanding Medical Bills, and she is late on payments to loans and accounts that used to be in good standing. It’s a pride thing for her and she really needs help.
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