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Young woman to have risky procedure to fight MS






















Katie Holtgrieve

Katie Holtgrieve said she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis just before her 21st birthday.

"My good days are not as good as they used to be, but I still have my good days and my bad days," said Holtgrieve.

She told 13abc that she had a few odd symptoms in high school, but she didn't think much of them. It wasn't until one school day at BGSU when she noticed something was wrong.

“I went into the bathroom barefoot and it felt colder on the floor on my left side than it did my right," said Holtgrieve.

She said she knew then that something wasn't right.

"By Christmas I got the weakness on my right side," said Holtgrieve.

Soon later, she said her eyes were inflamed and colors started to disappear.

The disease that is attacking her immune system started to actively eat away the protective covering of her nerves.

“We started trying different things to slow different things down with that, but my gate just started to decline since then," Holtgrieve said.

“It’s hard. [Her] legs get really tight and sometimes to get her in the car sometimes you feel like you’re going to break her leg," her sister Danielle Briggs said.

Because therapy has not proven to be successful, her next step is to have a risky stem cell procedure done in Chicago.

"She'll have to get some chemo," added Briggs. "So they are going to have to knock out her immune system."

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