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Lori Carter has a severe and progressive condition known as multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a nervous system disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, and damages the myelin sheath, or the material that surrounds and protects the body’s nerve cells. Since 2001, Lori’s symptoms have steadily progressed, and she experiences severe neuropathy, brain fog, numbness in her arms and legs, painful burning and stabbing sensations, blurred vision, loss of balance, severe fatigue, and an overall lack of energy. Lori is managing her MS symptoms each and every day, but unfortunately she is progressively getting worse. Unable to work and enjoy her life, Lori experiences symptom flare-ups and MS “attacks” at random. The effects tend to be cumulative, meaning that between each flare-up, her body does not always recover to its pre-attack condition. Over time, the progression of episodes has become debilitating, and Lori’s condition has gotten worse.

Medications to treat MS have very serious side effects, and only slow the progression of the disease. Unfortunately for Lori, these drugs have not been successful and are very expensive, costing upwards of $70,000 per year. Lori is sometimes left immobile, in chronic pain and is very weak and cannot always leave her home. The few drugs that are available to her have very dangerous side effects and can lead to fatal brain infections. Lori is not willing to take that chance.

Updates (4)

February 26, 2018

Thursday, March 1st, I get an MRI to confirm that I have an active lesion! I am in the midst of a MAJOR MS exacerbation which has left me basically in pain 100% of the time and legs which simply are not able to support me. I only need one active lesion to immediately be put on the transplant!!

June 24, 2016

Praise the Lord!!! Medicare is effective now so once I have money, I can schedule my transplant!!!

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February 24, 2018

Praying for you Lori!! I'm so sorry you are going through this!!!

Angie Abernathy

February 24, 2018

Lori, I couldn't be happier for you! It's finally gonna happen! I can't wait until you have HSCT & your MS is stopped!! Praying for fundraising to happen quickly so you can get HSCT sooner! You've been waiting way too long! You deserve this! Love you!

Barb Yoder Coppins

February 24, 2018

Praying for Lori! ❤️

Jennifer Jordan

June 29, 2016

We're here for you, Lori!

Jamie Atkinson