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I am raising money for my friend Natalie Walsh. She has recently been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. She has been off of work since mid-March and her medical bills are piling up as her pay is decreased the longer she is off work.

I am raising money for my good friend Natalie Walsh.  She is 41 years old and a divorced mother of 2 beautiful grown kids!  Back in March she started experiencing some problems with her back and she wasn't able to move around as usual.  Over the next couple weeks her knees, ankles, elbows, and toes started to get swollen and she was becoming less and less mobile.  She started seeing many different doctors as one would refer her to the next.  Finally about 6 weeks later she found a doctor that could diagnose her problems with Psoriatic Arthritis. 

Psoriatic arthritis is an arthritis that is often associated with psoriasis of the skin.  The arthritis may be mild and involve only a few joints, particularly those at the end of the fingers or toes. In some people the disease may be severe and affect many joints, including the spine. When the spine is affected, the symptoms are stiffness, burning, and pain, most often in the lower spine and sacrum. 

Natalie has a severe form of this and is dealing with all of the above symptoms.  Since her doctor has been able to diagnose her and determine different treatments for her  she has had good days and bad days.  On good days she can move around slowly, but on her bad days getting off the couch is a chore. 

Natalie has been off of work since the middle of March on short term disability.  Her doctor does not have an estimation on when she will be able to return to work.  The longer she is off the less pay she receives and soon it will turn into long term disability.  Since all of this has started the medical bills have been rolling in and it is getting harder and harder for her to keep up with her month to month living bills and her medical bills too. 

This website is a fundraiser to help her financially so that she can focus on getting healthy again!!!  While the doctor is working hard to get Natalie back to herself so she can dance and be herself in Chicago again(like the picture shows) your donation will also help Natalie to get back on her feet again!!! 

Thank you so much for your generosity! 

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