Wheelchair For Amanda

Wheelchair For Amanda

From Amanda Didion

Hi, I'm Amanda, I'm fundraising for a wheelchair for temporary use while finding a long term solution to symptoms I struggle with from Systematic Lupus Erythematosus and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.

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The symptoms Lupus causes along with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome can make it hard to walk long distances, often times places are inaccessible. Stores like Walmart and Target offer scooters, so you're probably wondering why I don't just use those when I'm out and about, the problem is, is that there are others like me who need those as well and they never have enough to accommodate everyone, leaving some to not be able to stay. 

I have a cane for good days, but there's times when I need to leave the house and I'm to unstable to stand. 

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome can causes heart rates to increase from just sitting to standing, this surge can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, fainting, or black outs. 

Lupus can cause joints to become inflamed, swollen, and painful.. Although uncommon I have an autoimmune arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis that co-exists, it causes inflammation to the spine and over time does damage. This back pain along with other joint pain can put me in bed for days and I often resort to pain medication. 

A wheelchair would be a temporary helpful tool that would give me some more freedom to an already limited life, with the help of my doctors I hope to bring these diseases into remission or at least less debilitating. 

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