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The family and friends of Bambi Callaway are uniting to raise money to help Bambi pay for treatments & mounting medical bills!

At the end of 2010, Bambi was diagnosed with Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis. This came after many years of tests, surgeries, and hospitalizations. Although it was some what of a relief for her and her family to have a "diagnosis", to hear there was no cure was a let down. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. That means a person’s immune system attacks itself because it over-reacts to ordinary allergens that invade the body. The symptoms of lupus vary with each person. The severity of the disease can also change during a person’s life. Lupus can affect any part of the body, however, some organs that are commonly attacked are the skin, kidney, joints, and liver.

As most of you know, Bambi has a Lupus rash that is on her face, arms, chest and back. Unfortunately, that's just what you can see. Bambi's internal organs are gravely effected by the Lupus. She was first put on Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) and a high dose of Prednisone. Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. It is used to prevent and treat acute attacks of malaria. It is also used to treat discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis in patients whose symptoms have not improved with other treatments. The combination of those 2 medications seems to help bring some relief in the beginning...But it was only for a short period. Not only did the rash come back but then her kidney's were not responding to the medication. Imuran (Azathioprine) was the next medication added. Azathioprine is used with other medications to prevent transplant rejection in people who received kidney transplants. It is also used to treat severe rheumatoid arthritis (a condition in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of function) when other medications and treatments have not helped. Azathioprine is in a class of medications called immunosuppressants. It works by decreasing the activity of the body's immune system so it will not attack the transplanted organ or the joints.  This is not working and the dr's are rapidly trying to determine the next step.


Bambi has struggled with symptoms for years but some of the ones that effect her the most are with memory (to the point of forgetting why or where she is somewhere), with some bladder issues, balance, bad fatigue, & difficulty with walking (she uses a walking cane a lot). According to her Rheumatolgist it's common for someone with Lupus to be diagnosed with some tests have already been done (spinal tap, & MRI) to determine the cause of all this. She's been able to get some results but seeing a Neurologist is what is needed.....BUT.....SHE HAS NO INSURANCE and so like I mentioned in the beginning, everything is OUT OF POCKET :( Chris & Bambi have 5 great kids (between the 2 of them). She is now not able to work due to the frequency of recurrances and treatment needed to fight this. This 2 year battle has drained their family both mentally and financially. Bambi is fighting the fight and the mounting medical bills are a worry we would like to take away from her. We can't change this disease, but we can change how they fight it! Thank you all for your donations, support and most importantly prayers. We do believe in miracles and we pray for one each day.

God Bless you.

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