Battling MS: Woman seeks help keeping her mother at home

Virginia Veilleux has spent most of her life helping others, and now her daughter is hoping for the community to support her. She’s hoping to help her ailing mother make the mortgage payment.

“My mom … has been a nurse for over 46 years, and of all the heartbeats she has listened to over the years, I can now sadly hear how her heart is breaking,” wrote Kate Vonwolfie on a Go Fund Me page to benefit Veilleux. As of Friday evening, Vonwolfie’s page has raised nearly $2,100 to help her mom.

Veilleux — known as Nurse Ginny — is 65. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about 15 years ago, and have been facing challenges because of the disease. She has been unsteady on her feet, occasionally falling, and memory loss.

Recently, the memory loss has affected her to the point of her not paying her bills, and falling behind the payment.

“This has affected her daily living, she sometimes gets lost driving home,” said Vonwolfie. “This has also affected her ability to walk, and she often falls down.”

On Oct. 7, her home entered into foreclosure.

“When I became aware of this .. I did everything in my power to remedy the situation,” said Vonwolfie. “I contacted the bank, foreclosure specialists, legal advice, the MS society.”

MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system, meaning it affects the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms can range from mild tingling and vision loss.

According to the National MS Society, MS symptoms are unpredictable and “no two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time.”

Fighting for their home

It’s not just Veilleux in the home that may be lost. Vonwolfie’s husband — who is battling diabetes — is there. He has not been able to work due to his illness.

“The bank is refusing to take a partial payment because the house is in foreclosure and will only work with us once we pay back the full amount,” said Vonwolfie. “I am trying to get this money raised before the next mortgage that is due on Jan. 10, because then it will be even higher.”

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