Charlie - Decatur, GA

Portrait of C. Barron.

“Multiple Sclerosis….two words that changed my life.  As jarring as this diagnosis was, I was relieved to actually know that there was something treatable that was causing all of the crazy symptoms I had been experiencing over the course of the previous 4-5 months.  I was relieved to be able to speak the name of the “beast” I needed to prepare myself to fight.  Then the reality of how much it actually costs to be sick set in!  Even though I was ready to physically fight to get my life back from MS, my finances were not so ready for battle.  I learned that the medication my doctor prescribed would cost upwards of $1,100 per month.  I felt that I had been knocked down before I even had a chance to throw the first punch.  As a result, I began to accept that MS could actually win.  Luckily, a rep from MS Active Source told me about the HealthWell Foundation.  The MS Coordinator there completed the pre-application with me over the phone and shortly thereafter I found out that I was approved for financial assistance!  In just a few short days, my first shipment of medication arrived and I am happy to say that I have been relapse free for the past two years and counting.  The HealthWell Foundation has given me the peace of mind to focus my energy on fighting MS and encouraging others to do the same.  This peace of mind has allowed me to turn, what started out as a hobby printing T-shirts, into a viable “labor of love” by creating an awesome line of motivational T-shirts for adults and children.  I cannot thank the folks at the HealthWell Foundation enough for the impact they have made on my life.  #MSWillLose!!”

Charlie – Decatur, GA