Melissa Smith of Annapolis, Maryland was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 at the age of 22, and again at age 29. Soon after, she developed a rare neurological disease called Transverse Myelitis, in which the immune system attacks the spinal cord. She was left paralyzed from the waist down, with the possibility of never walking again.
She was kicked out of nursing school, and was told her insurance would only cover 30 physical therapy visits a year. As if her situation couldn't get worse, she was basically trapped in her third-floor walk-up apartment, and could only leave if someone carried her down and then back up the stairs.
Melissa's luck finally started to turn when her sister Stephanie began an online fundraising campaign using GoFundMe, hoping to raise funds for Melissa's medical bills. Chive Charities then featured her story Read More »from A Woman’s String of Bad Luck Brings Out the Best of the Internet