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This fundraiser ended on 05/30/10

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Judi Lecoq Stem Cell Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis.

I was a young mother with hopes and dreams of throwing the ball, running and playing with my one and two year old children.  Every time we went to the park, I was so frustrated...Why couldn't I stand up to help them get on the equipment?  Why was I so dizzy when I was in the sun?  Why did I have to sit down all the time?  One time we went to a local theme park and my husband mentioned that I seemed to be dragging my leg.  How could this be normal for a woman in her mid-twenties?  10 years went by and I saw so many doctors.  One night I fell and had to have an MRI.  There they were...the lesions of Multiple Sclerosis.  I was told that this was my future, my life now and there was nothing that could be done about it.  My children were pre-teens...not such a good time for a mom who was not on the ball!  Fast forward to 2010.  What a struggle this has been, but how blessed am I to have a family who supports me 100%.  So now, I walk with a cane otherwise I look like I have been enjoying a little too much wine!  My balance is terrible but I try to keep a sense of humor about it.  I've fallen, I've broken, sprained, bruised and cut myself.  I have had surgeries to fix things and hospital stays to go along with it.  Sometimes I feel so weak and/or fatigued.  This is the story of MS.  I am still here!!  I try to keep a positive outlook for the future, but with multiple sclerosis, the future can be frightening to think about.  Could there ever be a solution for this terrible disease?  Suddenly, there is hope for the future.  And now I have the opportunity to get Stem Cell Therapy at a clinic in Costa Rica.  The American Doctor I spoke with assured me that this clinic is associated with Baylor.   The objective is repair and renewal, which would be gradual.  My Doctor is 100% for this.  Since I have had MS for more than 10 years, it is recommended that I stay 4 weeks.  The medical cost alone is $33500.00.  Add in the hotel, airfare and food..WOW!  Well now it is time to swallow my pride.  The cost is too dear not to do something NOW.  So here I am, telling you my story.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.       Judi

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