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My name is Kara, and this is my mom, Jan Myrick.

For more than a decade my mom suffered from symptoms of autoimmune disorders before being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and much later Sjogren’s Syndrome. She also lives with severe pain and weakness from stenosis in her back and herniated disks that are pressing on nerves.

In 2013 my mom was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. There is no cure, and any treatment is experimental at best, and the optimum results will only slow down the progression of her disease. If you’re lucky, you get a lung transplant. We don’t yet know if my mom will be a viable candidate for a transplant, though she has met with doctors at the transplant center at Vanderbilt. She’s what her doctors like to call a “difficult case.”