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Weʼre raising £10,000 to get Stem cell therapy

St Helier, Jersey

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My Name is Michelle Filipe, I'm 39 and a mum to 2 amazing kids. Gio 19 & Liliana 6. I also have an amazing supportive partner.

I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis ( RA) for almost 10 years. My life hasn't been an easy one ( we all have a story to tell ) When I was 1st diagnosed I was in denial really couldn't believe my luck.

R A is an autoimmune disease. This means your immune system – which usually fights infection – attacks the cells that line your joints by mistake, making the joints swollen, stiff and painful. Over time, this can damage the joint itself, the cartilage and nearby bone.

While pregnant with Liliana my RA almost went away, however 3 months after giving birth it came back with a vengeance

I became a client for an amazing charity called Brighter Futures that really helped me in those dark times. Having this disease, not having family in jersey and a new born was really hard on me, my partner and the kids.

My mental health has been up and down due to the pain and slowly losing movement in my joints, which means that I have had to rely on those closest to me for help. My partner has had to step up and help more with everything, which I couldn't begin to put into words just how grateful I am to him. It's so hard not being able to do things for myself like I used to.

This disease over time has caused damage to my joints mainly down my left side, Knee, hip, elbow, wrist and also has effected my right elbow.

I suffered a burn when I was 9 months old and needed surgery, skin grafts and a blood transfusion, which is also down my left side. My body has been through a lot over the years.

I have been researching alternative therapies to help repair the damage done and Stem cell therapy seems to be the way forward. I could treat multiple joints through the regenerative clinic on Harley street London, which is less recovery time than having to have these joints replaced individually locally, especially with all the time off I would need to recover. I now work for the amazing charity I mentioned above :) and want to continue helping families and also being active for my little one. How awesome would it be getting this treatment before my 40's. As they say life begins are 40 and I want to be mobile and active for as long as I can.

I have tried to see if I can get help locally, however this treatment is classed as private, so the health care system won't help. It also is not available on NHS in the UK. Not having health care would mean I would have to save for this treatment which would take us ages.

So I am putting myself out there to ask you all for a little help. This money will help me get treatment on multiple joints, flights to the UK and working with the rehabilitation clinic in Jersey to help me pre and post treatment .

Thanks for taking the time to read this and any donation given. If you are unable to donate please just share as someone who sees this on your page maybe able to

Michelle x

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    47

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 11, 2018

      £100.00

    • Tanaya

      Tanaya

      Aug 3, 2018

      £30.00

    • Alana David

      Alana David

      Jul 28, 2018

    • Michael Kirkwood

      Michael Kirkwood

      Jul 28, 2018

      Won’t be long now, love you loads! Xxx

      £50.00

    • Doris Barton

      Doris Barton

      Jul 13, 2018

      Hoping you get receive a miracle of healing, xxx

      £20.00

    • Marisa Camara

      Marisa Camara

      Jul 13, 2018

      If I could donate the whole amount I would as I see your suffering and I just want you to be the mobile Michelina I have known for many many years 😊 You’re an amazing lady and deserve the best xxx

      £100.00

    • Tanaya

      Tanaya

      Jul 13, 2018

      Rooting for you Mich x x

      £10.00

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    Michelle Filipe

    St Helier, Jersey

    A woman with an autoimmune disease spreading hope that there is alternative therapies out there that may help you too.

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