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Survivor Story: Dana Penrose

Posted by Pete Visintin on

Written by Dana Penrose
Contributed by Heather Penrose


Hello friends, my name is Dana Penrose.  I have always been a healthy person, but just over 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.  At the same time, I was also diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called Pemphigus Vulgaris. 


It is characterized by blisters that form all over the body.  Up until about 60 years ago it was fatal.  Today it still has a 20% mortality rate.  I got very ill to say the least.  


I spent about 7 months in bed and lost over 50 pounds.  I nearly died, and at times prayed for a peaceful death.  My body is slowly healing.  



I have made my living as a nurse for the past 40 years, and with the worsening Parkinson's, can now only work part-time.  Over the past 3 years I have followed the advice of my doctors while also incorporating alternative therapies. 


I myself, have always encouraged my patients to utilize alternative therapies - if it works, and causes no harm, why not?  I feel that allopathic medicine has not necessarily failed me, but other things have often worked better.  


Managing my pain and symptoms is an ongoing challenge, and I try to live each day the best I can.  Yoga, Ayurveda, and Prayer have blessed my life.  I was recently put in contact with a highly respected Ayurvedic MD in India, and was very encouraged by his knowledge, his compassion, and his program for treating my condition. 



We would like to begin treatment in July.  I have always been drawn to India, and now it looks like I have a reason to go.  I am not, and never have been, afraid of dying.  I am however, afraid of living in my worsening condition. 


I will be taking 2 trips to India for Ayurvedic treatment which will be spaced 6 months apart.  I plan to do a week long Yoga retreat on the way there. 


I would love to raise $20,000 which will help pay for my treatments and past medical bills.  I am grateful for your prayers and whatever you can give. 



In Gratitude, 


-Dana Penrose


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