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DeAnna, my mother — my mommy, a teacher, wife, Nana, daughter, cousin, aunt and dear friend to many. In March of 2000, Mom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but that never stopped her, until now. She is in need of a stem cell transplant (Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant or HSCT) that will halt the progress of her MS and allow her to participate again in the activities she loves.

Having received a BA in Psychology along with a post-baccalaureate in Applied Behavior Analysis, Mom has dedicated her heart for more than 20 years to working with children. MS has taken away her ability to run, ride a bike and a motorcycle, play tennis, ski, bowl, wakeboard, and hike, sew and type. Her largest issue is her inability to control her balance. Mom’s symptoms have worsened to the point where she must use a wheelchair for long distances so she does not fall and hurt herself. She is frequently tired and experiences numbness in various parts of her body. At the prime age of 47 this is just not fair.

Updates (28)

April 25, 2017

See my blog of the whole transplant with extra information on Multiple Sclerosis and how you can research for yourself, a loved one or a friend.

I will continue updates indefinitely…

May 13, 2017

Home February 26, 2017 see the journey,


October 21, 2016

keep your faith! I am praying for you! You are getting closer to your goal every day! God bless.

val hatcher

October 22, 2016

Be strong

Aisha umar

September 14, 2016

DeAnna, I am so excited and hopeful that HSCT benefits you as it had benefited me. This is going to be an amazing journey for you. Take in every moment. I wish I was going with you.

Steve Apperson

June 8, 2016

Hi DeAnn, Thinking of you and spreading the word for you! Mitzi xo

Mitzi Philpott