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At 22 years of age my days were blissfully packed with household chores, college course work, playing with my toddlers, volunteer work, engaging in fun activities (especially anything outdoors) with my family and thoroughly enjoying my ...

At 22 years of age my days were blissfully packed with household chores, college course work, playing with my toddlers, volunteer work, engaging in fun activities (especially anything outdoors) with my family and thoroughly enjoying my responsibilities as a wife and mother.
In April of 2007 I started getting frequent migraines that were non-responsive to medication. After a few months, with the migraines came short term memory loss, dizziness, muscle weakness and extreme fatigue. Over time my illness became more problematic as I developed new symptoms and existing ones grew more intense. Other symptoms that have developed or have been discovered include iron deficiency (for which I have had numerous blood infusions), painful lumps in my abdomen, bladder and kidney function problems and swelling, and numbness in my legs, feet, arms and hands. I have had multiple "mini strokes." I have also had many sleepless nights due to intense pain.
My immune system is compromised so I am often sick with infections. In addition to the common ones such as cold and flu, I have been in the hospital with shingles, pneumonia, H1N1 and several kidney infections.
Over the last seven years I have been referred to dozens of doctors, have spent countless hours in the E.R., have had my blood drawn hundreds of times and have endured a range of diagnostic scans and uncomfortable procedures, including spinal taps and endoscopies.
Despite all of these tests the physicians are still baffled. Some of my symptoms are treatable but the underlying cause is still unknown. Many ideas have been considered but my test results are "inconclusive".
My illness forced me to cut back my volunteering and college course load, I eventually dropped out completely, and soon had to eliminate all non-essential activities. I was also no longer able to earn an income. Our drastically reduced income and our multiplying medical expenses added a new depth of stress to my shaky well being.
Last year after a particularly difficult case of bronchitis, I developed an extreme sensitivity to perfumes, scented lotions and air fresheners. The few activities that I could still attend have dwindled to almost none. I cannot even go in to the grocery store without having an EpiPen with me. I can no longer do some of the things that I loved the most, such as attending church.
I am no longer able to care for my family and home or self as I did before. Some days I barely have the energy to talk with my husband and kids. There are times when I am hurting so much that I can't even get out of bed. For seven years I have not been physically capable of truly being me.
My primary care physician has determined that, in an effort to improve my circumstances, I should go to a team of specialists simultaneously. I have been assigned an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Thankfully, the doctors there have reviewed my file and are eager to see me rather expediently. Unfortunately our already-stretched budget allows us no room for the additional costs that will be associated with the trip. We will have to prepare not only for childcare and travel accommodations but also for my husband taking time off work without pay.
I believe that I can be healthy. I have faith that I will live a long, fulfilling and purposeful life. My husband deserves the vivacious (occasionally overbearing) woman he married, my daughters deserve the fanatically dedicated mother to whom they were gifted and I deserve the opportunity to do all that I dream to accomplish. None of this will be possible without first getting the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan. I am confident that my appointment at the Mayo Clinic on September 2, 2014 is the necessary initial step in my journey to wellness.

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