Dunfermline mum "overwhelmed" by fundraiser aiming to fund vital treatment in Russia – Dunfermline Press

By daniellenierenberg

NEARLY 10,000 has been raised in less than a week to help pay for a Dunfermline mum to have life-changing treatment in Russia.

Lynda Hogg was first diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS) seven years ago and since then, she has seen her health deteriorate.

She has been forced to give up her job as a theatre nurse at Queen Margaret Hospital and faces a daily battle with pain from a condition for which there is no cure and no treatment on the NHS.

Lynda, 58, and her family are now pinning their hopes on travelling to Russia for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation which, it is hoped, will stop the progression of her MS.

Within a week of being set up, a GoFundMe page has already raised nearly a quarter of the required 45,000, something which Lynda said she was overwhelmed and humbled by.

It was my son who said how do you feel in 10 years time if you are wheelchair-bound knowing you had this opportunity and didnt take it? she explained.

We have considered selling the house if we have to.

Daughter Popsi is hopeful that the GoFundMe page will mean such a drastic step is not necessary.

Before the GoFundMe, these were all considerations, she said. Shall we sell the house, will my dad have to give up his job and become a carer?

After we found out about this treatment years ago, I dont think we ever really considered it a possibility. It has been quite tough. I have three brothers. Speaking on behalf of the younger ones, I want them to remember them as I remember her, full of life.

This treatment is kind of a possibility that it would not get any worse. It is a pipe dream. We never thought it could happen. The support and kindness of others has been so touching.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord which results in muscle and nerve damage, ongoing pain and fatigue.

Since her diagnosis, Lynda, who is married to Murray and has four children, Adam, 29, Popsi, 23, Mitchell, 18, and Charlie, 15, has seen her health go downhill with her mobility decreasing.

She has been shocked at the lack of available medication.

Basically, I get co-codamol, she said. Progressive Primary MS is the worst form of it. There is no treatment and there is really little in the way of emotional support. It is not a fault of the NHS. There is nothing and there needs to be something.

PPMS is 15 per cent of people diagnosed. It is horrible to think there is nothing out there for them.

Trials for the treatment which Lynda hopes to have in Russia have taken place in the UK but, to date, are not available on the NHS for patients like herself.

They give you medication to increase the quality of stem cells. They are harvested and then you are given chemo then the stem cells are reintroduced to you. They can stop MS in its tracks. It will stop the progression. It wont give you functions back.

Even just to stop it progressing; I can cope with the disabilities I have but I dont know if I can cope with them moving forward and getting worse.

Popsi and her siblings are planning to hold further fundraisers when coronavirus restrictions allow while also raising awareness of MS.

We have had to watch our mum struggle with the disease and battle with pain every day, she added. We feel that its time to give back to our mum, and everything that she has done for us over the years.

Anyone wanting to help can do so by visiting https://gofund.me/61401f6e.

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