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The family and friends of Abbey (Bell) Bredenkamp are uniting to raise money to send her to an autoimmune specialist. Show your support!

Abbey (Bell) Bredenkamp was a healthy, newly graduated Registered Nurse enjoying life until she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Adult Still's Disease in February of 2010. Adult Still's Disease is a rare inflammatory condition that may lead to chronic arthritis, joint destruction, inflammation of the heart and excess fluid around the lungs..among many other painful and debilitating symptoms.

It took months to get the right diagnosis, but once the doctors thought they had it (and her pain) under control everyone began to relax. Although there is no cure for Adult Still's Disease, Abbey's quality of life began to improve under a strict regimen of pills and daily injections of immune suppressant medication.

However, this month Abbey's health has taken an unexpected turn for the worse. The doctor's are at a loss on how to explain a new onslaught of complications. They don't know what's causing her to have breathing complications, they can't explain why she's in constant pain and blacking out even though she's taking her pain medication per usual. They only know that it has nothing to do with Adult Still's Disease. It is something new that they haven't been able to diagnose yet. Another autoimmune disease.

As you can imagine, this unexpected turn for the worse has taken quite a toll on Abbey and her husband Donovan, emotionally and financially. Abbey hasn't been able to work for the past few weeks and has been in and out of the hospital with life threatening conditions. Some days she can't get out of bed and isn't coherent. Her doctor has advised her that she will not be returning to work as a nurse in the foreseeable future, because her health will not permit it. She has limited health benefits and no longer receives a paycheck. She is trying to get short-term disability to cover basic living expenses, but it won't help with everything and has yet to qualify.

The family and friends of Abbey are uniting to raise money to send her to an autoimmune specialist in California and/or Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Her local doctors have been wonderful, but are out of answers. They've run every conceivable test, but have come up empty handed. Her insurance won't cover it because it's out of network and they can't afford it.

Now, this is the hard part...asking for money. We know that there is a recession going on and everyone has bills to pay. We understand and appreciate any help that you can give. We're just asking that you donate whatever you can to help Abbey....$5, $10, or $100 goes a long way to help a girl who is desperate to get better.

If you would rather mail a check, please make it to the attention of Abbey Bredenkamp and send it to P.O. Box 49, Berrien Springs, MI 49103.

Also, please send any notes of encouragement and love to Abbey at autoimmuneabbey@gmail.com. She would love to hear from her friends and family as she goes through this difficult time.

Love,

The Bell Family
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