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Becky O'Meara Fundraiser
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My dear friend Becky O'Meara was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (a rare, genetic connective tissue disorder) after years of being misdiagnosed. (Please see a brief explanation of the diagnosis below) Becky has chronic, severe and ...
**UPDATE 8/1/2013: Becky was told by her neuro-opthomologist at an appointment at the U of M today she can no longer drive due to her vision loss caused by her diagnosis.**
Our dear friend Becky O'Meara was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (a rare, genetic connective tissue disorder) after years of being misdiagnosed. (Please see a brief explanation of the diagnosis below) Becky has chronic, severe and constant pain, and her ability to get around and her vision have been very seriously affected. Becky is only 40 years old and she is virtually housebound as it is too difficult and painful for her to leave the house. Becky is unable to walk very far unassisted, and just going to doctor's appointments leaves her in pain and exhausted for days. Becky has been a hard working and wonderful single mother to Jacob 21, Brenden 16 and Cassidy 11. She has been raising these children for years with very little help. She has been unable to work for the last couple of years due to the complications of Ehlers, which has been difficult on her and her 3 children. Becky has recently been traveling been from the Fargo/Moorhead area to the U of M Hospital in Minneapolis to see specialists, which has put more financial burden on her. Presently, there is no cure for Ehlers, but we are hoping there are some things that can help her feel better.

We are hoping to take some of the financial pressure off of Becky for the time being so that she can absorb and process this diagnosis and concentrate on getting healthier. We want to help her catch up on her bills, such as her house payment, water, electricity, etc. School will be starting soon and we want to help get her children school supplies and what they will need to be successful in school. All money raised will be to help her and her children to be able to have at least basic necessities. With this diagnosis, Becky will hopefully be eligible for Social Security Disability, however applying for it and getting approved is a long process. We want to do everything that we can to help in the meantime. Becky is the kindest person I know and has always helped others. Her career before she started having symptoms was working with and helping the disabled. One of the hardest things for Becky is that she is unable to help others right now. She is very reluctant to accept help as she is the person who wants to be giving and not receiving help. Myself, my sister Shannon and my parents have been doing what we can to help, but it is hard as were are about 220 miles away. I know times are tough for everyone as we all have expenses. I just ask that if you can spare a few dollars, any amount will help, it will make a very big difference in the life of Becky and her family

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Also, please send happy and healing thoughts to Becky and her family.

Individuals with EDS have a defect in their connective tissue, the tissue that provides support to many body parts such as the skin, muscles and ligaments. The fragile skin and unstable joints found in EDS are the result of faulty collagen. Collagen is a protein, which acts as a "glue" in the body, adding strength and elasticity to connective tissue.
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