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Multipl Sclerosis: Community gathers to help local woman seek cutting-edge treatment in Israel

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm
By Larissa Theodore, Times Staff
Published: Saturday, July 18, 2009 11:15 PM EDT
Patti “Trish” Brown was in her late 30s when she first began having symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The Beaver resident remembers bending her head forward and feeling a shock down the length of her spine. She asked two physicians, but neither was concerned. So Brown pushed the symptoms aside until 1998 when she had a major flare.

She and a friend were walking in the Beaver Cemetery when her right foot stopped working.

“I couldn’t take another step,” said Brown, now 53.

Her symptoms only worsened — from severe fatigue to balance and walking problems. One day, numbness crept into her feet and up her legs, and by that afternoon had worked its way up to her chest. Last year, Brown was officially diagnosed with the disease.

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