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Family and friends of Jodi Fugman are united to raise money to help with her battle against MS. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

Dear friends and family, 
As some of you may know in 2010 my twin sister Jodi at the age of 38 was diagnosed with MS, although the symptoms were present for many years.  It's now 2012 and 4 days before her 40th birthday she was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS, the worst stage. That was August 17, on August 27 Jodi was admitted to the hospital without the ability to walk.
Jodi's journey has been quite hard. It was in 1999 when I went to visit her in Sydney Australia that we began to notice changes in her life.  We would be walking together and suddenly she would trip. It would happen often when taking long walks, we placed the blame on flip flops. She then started to have episodes of vertigo and anxiety. This went on for a couple of years, during this time she had seen many doctors, all said there was nothing wrong.   
In 2003 she moved back to Canada. Jode's went to Nelson to visit a friend and that summer decided to make Nelson home. She landed a job at the All Seasons restaurant where she worked full time as a waitress. Still unknown as to what was wrong this is when the condition began to progress. She would suddenly collapse at work, she knew something was very wrong! if not at work it was at the beach, grocery store, everywhere.. simple tasks became more difficult and severe depression set in.  It was so sad to watch my sister lose from life what she loved, hiking, the outdoors, being social and with friends, the parts of life she held so dear no longer possible.  She began to isolate herself.  Exhausted after work she could not do anything but rest. 
At this time we still didn't know what was wrong with her. I used to get so upset with her " why don't you want to do anything?" I would ask.  Little did we know that these were all signs of her disease. Doctor after doctor, MRI after MRI but still no answers to the questions. Saying that we were both frustrated would be an understatement!! With MS doctors believe that all patients have lesions on the brain and spine, Jode's did not and hers isolated to her spine.
She had to quit her job in 2007 because she was quickly starting to decline and decided to leave Nelson for Vancouver, saw more doctors and specialist's but it wasn't until 2010 that she was diagnosed with MS. When she finally heard the doctor say the words "Jordanna you have MS" she cried! Not because of the disease but that she had an answer to the unanswered question. For years people thought she was making up what was happening to her, that she was a hypochondriac.  
MS is one of the diseases people tend to know little about.  Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. After her diagnosis things changed very quickly. Walking as if she was drunk with her foot dragging on her right side. To climb stairs focusing to raise each foot it was physically exhausting.  I remember talking to her on her phone one day while she was walking and all of sudden I heard a loud noise, then nothing...a little cry and her voice yelling into the phone that her feet gave out and she collapsed.  I started silently crying, I didn't want her to know.  
She had to change her life losing her apartment and beautiful dog Rielly because she could no longer walk him. She now has to live with our mom or I because working is not possible and she can't afford to live on her own.
Jodes asks these questions often in her life.  Will I be able to walk? Can I work again? How will I afford to live? Will I end up in a nursing home?  right now the government provides a tiny sum for Jodi to survive, barely enough to get by. So we now reluctantly extend ourselves for a helping hand asking friends and family to help us through this time, so Jodi can afford some of the most basic nessecities in life, to improve the quality of her life.  She is always smiling, positive every day with a strength few would possess while living with such a debilitating disease.  She is my best friend, my sister for life.
Judi
We used to…

jump in the crib
walk to school 
run and chase each other around the house
play and laugh for hours up in Grandmas trees
dive and swim for hours in the pool
go to disneyland 
run and play at the beach
we use to chase boys 
we travelled the world 
shopped everywhere 
danced till it was daylight
play with my kids

and so much more...

Together!!!

Now we can barely do any of these things together anymore!!! It is so hard for me to watch this disease take all this away from you. It kills me to watch you suffer so horribly!!! No matter how hard it gets. I will always be there for you. 

We came into this world together and that is how we'll be forever! 

I know the past few months things have gotten so much worse! I just want to tell you how much I admire your strength! You are truly AMAZING!!! 

I ♥ You!!!!
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