2015 – Dawnita Noble

Dawnita Noble of Salina, Kansas, is a single mother of three and fighting to reclaim her life after being hospitalized for three months.  She was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome (GBS) in November of 2014.  While hospitalized, her two daughters were put in foster care and her home was condemned due to a water leak and the damage that has occurred.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a rare disorder where the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.  Although rare, afflicting about one person in 100,000, GBS can affect people at any age and both men and women equally. Severity can range from mild weakness to complete paralysis and even death.

In December 2014, Dawnita was moved to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, NE.  Although still very sick when she arrived, she progressed steadily going from complete paralysis to an electric wheelchair to a walker.  When she was released from Madonna in early February she walked out with only a cane for assistance.

April 2017 UPDATE: I am doing better than I had believed I ever would. I am receiving help for the neuropathy that remains in my feet. I am extremely blessed to be left with less residual effects than so many have to battle every day. My family has been able to flourish thanks to the money we received from Running Down GBS. Both daughters will be in college next year. Our lives, for the most part, are back to normal.

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