Thursday, October 29, 2015

Superior rallies behind resident in need of transplant

Mineral Independent | Adam Robertson

Photo by Adam Robertson/Mineral Independent Connie Schoening Connie Schoening has seen wide-spread support from the Superior community in dealing with her illness; she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder a about decade ago.Photo by Adam Robertson/Mineral Independent Connie Schoening Connie Schoening has seen wide-spread support from the Superior community in dealing with her illness; she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder a about decade ago.

SUPERIOR – Connie Schoening, a Superior resident for 20 years, was diagnosed with an autoimmune form of Hepatitis in 2004. Her coworkers at the Mineral Community Hospital have since rallied behind her for support as well as helping to raise money for medical fees.

According to Schoening, this form of Hepatitis causes the immune system to stop recognizing friendly cells from bad ones. At the moment, they are attacking her liver, necessitating an eventual transplant.

“I’ve tried other medications, but it’s not curing it,” she said. “The only cure would actually be for the transplant.”

The last few years have been the hardest. She said fatigue has been an issue and her doctor gave her orders to cut back time at work and rest. While the hope is for it to be a long way off, she will also eventually need to quit her job entirely. Continue reading

 

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