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Paws For Andrea

     As a teenager I was diagnosed with Chronic Pancreatitis, Primary Immune Deficiency, and other digestive diseases. This means that my body fails to efficiently fight off infections, I have constant nausea and abdominal pain, and I occasionally become lightheaded and faint. I have been injured in the past due to fainting. And it is even more dangerous when I am home alone. Now, I rely more on my walker, my wheelchair, and my family members to make sure I get around safely. Any nutrition and medications I need are received through an IV port in my chest.

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October 1, 2019

I haven’t been posting and wanted to open up and share why and what’s been going on. I have had some very ruff hospitalizations. So bad for the first time ever I had to file complaints. Then about a month ago I was diagnosed with another autoimmune disease called Lupus. They assume Lupus is what killed my pancreas with Autoimmune Chronic Pancreatitis and that I was born with it. Mom thinks I have just been on a downward spiral since I was born fighting this.Honest I never thought this side of heaven I would have gotten an answer as to why my immune system attacked my pancreas. Specifically not knowing the disease process behind my chronic pancreatitis. I guess I am one of the complicated cases and I think I have a good doctor behind me. I hope my joint pain and fatigue improve once i am on the right combination of medication. I am having a very hard time wrapping my mind around this diagnosis. I think it is the permency and gravity of this diagnosis. It means my pain will always be there, and not having a cure or surgery to fix this. This is lifelong and gets worse. But it also opens doors for improvement which I am so thankful for. And on a high note I am almost off my Fentynal patches. I have gone down 90% on all my narcotic medication. I am super proud of myself. The hard part of it is the gigantic withdrawals. They have been stopping me from getting out of bed it is very painful and just feels like my gut is on fire. I have literally been withdrawing for a entire year! I am so close…soooo close. I am sorry for withdrawing myself it has just been a ruff year! Hoping something turns around soon!

April 16, 2019

Thank You Hazelton’s who sent these to me in the hospital. I wanted to post a thank you right away but I was just so sick I couldnt pull my head up off the bed. But I really enjoyed them. The roses were beautiful and the smell heavenly. Thank you for sending them and thinking about me!

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April 10, 2019

Keeping you & your situations / needs in my prayers! Have you contacted the various news outlets (tv, paper, community, online) in your area? Those will likely garner good support. I pray! Hugs!

PATRICIA A RUGGIERO