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Ruth Furtado is a 55-year-old artist and resident of East Providence, RI. In 1999, when she noticed numbness in her toes, she just chalked it up to tying her sneakers too tight. What she could not have imagined was that it was the beginning of her battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). By February of 2010, she was hospitalized with a flare up of her MS symptoms which left her permanently disabled.

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August 16, 2018

I know it’s been a while since my last update. It’s been a roller coaster ride! I was plagued with severe lower back pain for much of 2017. MRI revealed stenosis and a bulging disc in my lower lumbar region. PT and meds proved to be mostly ineffective. I was fortunate enough to spend the summer in SoCal with Dixon and his family where I was wonderfully pampered, something to which I’m completely unaccustomed! On January 21st of this year, I fell and broke both bones in my lower right leg as well as my ankle. Surgery was done and the breaks are pretty much healed now. Also, 3 weeks of bedrest seems to have relieved my back pain! A total of 8 weeks of rehab and I was home again albeit in a wheelchair but home. 3 more months of PT and OT and I’m mostly back to using my walker again but the wheelchair is still necessary sometimes and I can no longer drive my SUV. Unfortunately, the numbness and weakness from MS has worsened and spread and the fatigue is at times overwhelming… now I hope and pray for a miracle…

March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017
Thank you to my friend Judi who generously contributed to my fundraising efforts! Judi also ha MS and has been receiving Stem Cell treatments for several years so she knows the benefits…

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September 23, 2016

HI sweet facebook friend! It's not much but I pitched in $25. All the best to you. Be well <3 :)

Chris Largey

September 15, 2016

I hope the new treatment helps you feel better and relieves some pain... Love Rick

Rick Aguiar