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I'm a disabled 17 year old girl trying to raise money for an essential piece of equipment for physical therapy and pain management.

My name is Dakotah Turner. I'm a 17 year old female from Arizona. All of my life I've been an athlete with a promising future. Two and a half years ago something happened that I didn't see coming. I was coming home from school one day and suddenly I couldn't walk anymore. I had an overwhelming pain in both of my feet. In dealing with this issue, the pain began to spread rapidly to my other joints. By May of 2010, I was in a wheelchair full time. Over these last two years, I've been to 11 specialists and I still don't have an answer for what is wrong with me. The doctors have considered everything from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis to Lupus to Cancer to even a blood disorder. All of these doctors have tried every kind of therapy and medicine out there to help with my pain but they don't work. Because of my pain, I've been completely sedentary without the ability to do any kind of traditional exercise. Before my pain became unbearable, I was given the privilege to swim laps. This is the one and only thing that helped my pain. The problem is, I do not have the ability to use a regular pool. My condition, whatever it may be, doesn't allow me to climb the ladder to get in and out of the pool or even walk out to the pool. The aquatic facilities available to me are not handicap friendly, unfortunately. In creating this, my goal is to raise money for an Endless Pool (http://www.endlesspools.com/) so I can swim at my home with as little pain and stress as possible. I consider this a medical expense because it is the one and only thing that will help my medical condition. Also, in visiting all of these doctors, I've racked up a lot of medical bills that need to be paid. Please help me achieve a normal life once again. I'm sick and tired of being in pain with no way to alleviate it.
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