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Former Moberlyan suffering with multiple sclerosis

Apr 21, 2003
The Moberly Monitor-Index Online
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DeAnna Davidson of Fulton, the former DeAnna Doss of Moberly, is suffering with multiple sclerosis and seeking public help.

A former student of West Park School and employee of Wal-Mart. Ferco Fabricators, Bittwell and Prengers Cash Saver in Randolph County, she also attended cosmetology school in Moberly. Her address is 4706 Birch Tree Drive, Fulton, MO 65251.

The following article appeared in the Fulton Sun:

Fulton resident Deanna Davidson was diagnosed four months ago with multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that has left her partially paralyzed, blind in one eye, and unable to hold employment.

The 36-year-old former Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center employee said the worst part of having the chronic illness is adapting to symptoms that seem to worsen without warning.

Normally an outgoing person, Davidson said her life has been altered by loss of balance, weakness in one or more limbs, blurred vision, slurred speech, fatigue, impaired thinking and uncontrollable trembling.

Medication, rehabilitation and other treatments can help keep many of these symptoms under control. Yet, weekly doses of steroids prove taxing to the once small-framed woman who has gained 40 to 50 pounds.

"It's been real challenging," Davidson said. "But I'm determined not to let this disease beat me." Recently she held a fund-raiser to generate monies toward the purchase of a $6,000 service dog that she hopes will enable her to return to the work force and function more independently. She now depends on a cane to help stable her gait.

Davidson's medical insurance covers only expenses related to the disease, and the Gateway National Multiple Sclerosis Society in St. Louis only assists patients in a 50-mile radius and has a waiting list of seven years, Davidson said.

More fund-raisers are planned, she said.

"This dog would be like a (personal) sitter," Davidson said. According to Canine Specialty Training, LLC, in Independence, MO, the animal would assist Davidson with mobility, retrieve the telephone for her, open doors and even dial 911 by yanking the telephone cord.

Always one to donate to others' needs, Davidson hopes the community will support her efforts "now that the shoe is on the other foot."

An account has been set up at Central Bank in Fulton. Donations may be sent to: Deanna Davidson Trust Fund-raiser, c/o Central Bank, 410 Market St., Fulton, MO 65251.

For more information about the account, one may call the bank at 573-642-6618 and ask for Barbara Binggeli.

"We would greatly appreciate anyone's help," Davidson said.

The most soothing medicine Davidson has is that of God, her Harmony Baptist Church family, her friends, her husband Glenn, and their children and grandchildren.

"They always put a smile on my face," she said further, noting "This is the best medicine that anyone could ask for."

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