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Our friend Nicole was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2021. We were all devastated by the news! As we watched her take her prescribed regimen of Parkinson’s medications, we all, especially her, noticed that she was not getting any relief from the symptoms. She was deteriorating in front of our eyes and definitely quicker than we expected or wanted. We then came to learn that Nicole has atypical Parkinson’s, which basically means it does not respond to medications that typical Parkinson’s would. Her options now became less than what was initially thought.

Nicole is an absolutely gorgeous woman. She has a smile that is the definition of lighting up the room with crystal blue eyes sparkling and adorable freckles. However, her physical attributes are not comparable to her as a person. She has been a selfless, generous giver her whole life. Everything she does for someone is done with thoughtfulness and to the utmost perfection. She goes above and beyond in everything she does. Her work ethic is unmatched. She has worked since young, always very independent. Not only has she worked full-time in respectable jobs, but she has also had many jobs. She was a real estate agent, travel agent, cake maker, picnic planner, balloon decorator, and business owner (I’m sure there are more that I’m missing). We always have a good laugh when Nicole lists them all for us.

Nicole’s Dad passed away suddenly before her diagnosis, and her mom just after her diagnosis. Nicole became the sole caretaker of her brother, who has Cerebral Palsy. Nicole has a husband, two daughters, a son, a grandson, and another grandson on the way. They all adore her.

Her family and friends’ hearts are breaking as we all watch her beautiful face fade of expression or she comes to terms with the fact that she is UNABLE to drive and has been forced to stop working, which has placed a burden on her financially. She requires assistance with activities of daily living. As we go about doing normal everyday things without thought, we acknowledge that these things are a struggle, and every little movement is a fight for her to do.

Nicole’s family and friends are not willing to give her up that easily. We would like to give her every option and possibility that is available. We have found a facility in Florida that offers stem cell therapy. The treatment is very expensive. With help, we are planning on setting this up for her. Nicole has already spoken to the program’s MD. We cannot put a price on our precious time, it is truly all anyone has. If Stem Cell Therapy can buy her family and us more time with her and relieve her of the debilitating symptoms, then whatever the cost, it is worth it. Because Nicole is worth it!


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