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Kimberly

State: Georgia
Congressional District: GA07

Diseases

Chronic Pain, Neurological Disease

Issues and Challenges

Kimberly has encountered: Surprise Billing

My Story

My name is Kimberly and I am 23-years old. When I was eight, I was diagnosed with Raynaud's disease and scleroderma. Some of the challenges I face are getting approval for therapy after I have had finger amputations on my hands. Also, after I had two strokes (Antiphospholipid syndrome) I did get therapy while I was admitted 3 weeks in rehab but after I was discharged, It took two months to get occupational therapy and physical therapy approved at home.

Currently With COVID-19 going on, it’s challenging to receive medical attention for my Reynaud's. I have to get my blood work done in another lab because the labs near my home are closed down due to nurse shortages.

Through the course of my journey none of the medications have been able to stop finger loss and right now it’s a high possibility I may also lose a toe because of an ulcer.

I remain optimistic by seeing the beauty in second chances. I created an Instagram page to inspire others and spread optimism. @strong_selflove⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

My Motivation and Inspiration

My inspiration is my @self_love page and Lewis Howes

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