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Old 09-19-2011, 04:58 AM   #247
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This week our destination is Visalia, CA. If you would like a destination for your card this week, how about sending it to Breanne. Breanne was brought to our attention by Fellow Teapotter/SCSer Tosh (stamps4funinCA).

Breanne was a very skilled swimmer in the butterfly. She qualified for Valley her Junior year in H.S. and was looking to final her Senior year, but she was having problems with fatigue and achy muscles and had to drop out of swimming. That was 4 years ago. In 2010, at the age of 19, she was diagnosed with Relapsing MS and they just recently found a medication that is helping. However, she can't be on it long because of the damage it can do to her immune system. Breanne had flare ups about every 4 to 6 weeks this past year. Every flare was different depending where in her brain or spinal cord the MS attacked. Some days she could not even walk. The MS really threw off her balance and her ability to walk. The doctor's would prescribe steroids to help heal up the lesions on the brain. She had to be taken to the hospital for IV infusions of steroids several times. This usually calmed down the MS and gets her back on her feet again. Her last MRI showed no new MS lesions on her which they are very thankful and grateful for the healing.

Breanne's father recently had knee surgery and a heart attack and her twin sister has just had shoulder surgery. So, this family has been under a lot of stress. Her father is recovering well, but Breanne continues to fight this disease, and would welcome your cards and your thoughts and prayers.

Breanne is studying to be a Music Major in either voice or Theory composition. She loves music and all of her instruments. She plays the guitar and flute, a little bit of bass and is taking piano lessons. She is on the praise and worship teams at her church and also is a coach for the Visalia Waves swim team. She loves to teach little ones how to swim.

Here is Breanne's address:

Breanne Kalmink
1147 Rossmoor Ct.
Visalia, CA 93291

Thank you everyone!! Thank you Tosh!
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