A 36-year old suffers from often “brain fog”Along with other physical symptoms, forgetting the names and becoming confused in conversations can lead to confusion.
A mum with a young daughter has opened up about living in constant anxiety with her multiple sclerosis (MS) as she aims to raise £45,000 to go towards her treatment.
Tracey Harland, mother-of-one from Houghton-le-Spring (near Sunderland), was diagnosed in January 2019 with MS after suffering with bizarre symptoms such as pins and needles in both her hands for years.
The 36-years-old would also be often affected by “brain fog”Reports indicate that people with a variety of physical symptoms may experience confusion, such as forgetting to name objects or getting lost in conversations. Chronicle Live.
Tracey, who described her MS to Tracey as a “severe” condition. “ticking time bomb”Since then,, has spoken out about her fear of waking up one day and being unable to walk.
The mother wants to be able treatment her MS to ensure a better life for herself, her partner Reece (43), as well as her four-year-old daughter Esme.
She said, “I could lose the function in my hands, lose sight, and end up in a wheelchair.”
“When you have MS, you’re constantly thinking about waking up and wondering if you’ll be able to walk that day.
“There are no warning signs, so you don’t have to be ready for it. It will be one day that I am just walking, and my vision will become a little blurry. That’s scary.
“I have symptoms I deal with on a daily basis but I have this constant anxiety.
“I don’t want my daughter to feel like a burden.”
Tracey lived with her symptoms for so long she believed “They affected everyone.” and believed they were down to a problem with her back.
But as her symptoms got more worrying, Tracey believed she had MS and this was confirmed in January 2019 when she got an MRI scan.
The mum explained: “I used to feel a sharp pain in my foot, and pins and holes in my hands and arms. Due to cognitive issues, I experienced tingling sensations down my spine.
“I’d get brain fog, so I’d forget to name things. If we were talking, I’d forget what I said at the beginning. I would also get confused about where the conversation was heading.
“When my daughter was born, about nine months later I got numbness on the right side of my face and it went down my neck and down my arm.
“My osteopath would treat it and it would disappear in a few weeks. I believed it was due to problems with my back.
“I went to my GP who said: ‘I think this is stress, you’ve just had a baby, you’ve returned to work’ and they were really pushing anti-depressants.
“It doesn’t feel right.”
After her diagnosis, Tracey realised her symptoms made sense adding: “This was when I realized that many of the symptoms I’d been suffering from over the years and thought were normal, were actually due to MS.
“When my symptoms flared up I thought I overdid it with my back. All these years, I thought it was normal and everybody had these.”
Tracey explained that MS is a silent, progressive disease that is still developing in the background.
She will likely move to secondary progressive MS, which is where the more serious issues like mobility and speech loss begin.
Tracey now hopes to raise enough funds to receive stem cell therapy (HSCT) at Clinica Ruiz in Mexico. This treatment is 85% effective at stopping the disease, and could even reverse damage.
Although HSCT is an option in the UK, Tracey stated that the criteria for eligibility is very strict in the NHS and she is therefore not eligible.
The mother will be admitted to the clinic for 28 days. She will then receive chemotherapy to destroy her immune system.
Tracey believes that HSCT is the best treatment for MS.
She stated: “I’m 36-year-old I have a four-year-old daughter I don’t want to be slowing down the progression I want it to go away.
“This should be the first treatment. Don’t wait for it to get worse, when you can prevent it from happening.”
Tracey’s best friend Kirsty Spence set up a Go Fund Me page in a bid to raise the £45,000 needed.
She said: “Tracey is constantly worried about not being able push her child around in the swing, chase her through the garden, or do simple things like go for walks with her daughter and soon to be husband.
“As MS is just a ticking time bomb with no cure, she has described it as living with a shadow over her life, constantly living with the fear that one relapse could change her whole world forever.
“Tracey is a wonderful soul who doesn’t ask for anything in return. She is selfless, loving and one of the strongest women I know.
“She is a wonderful partner, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend and a truly amazing mother to her daughter.
“It would be the greatest gift to give her a chance at a healthy lifestyle.
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