Last month, Deanna Wheeler was driving home from a gig the night before Mother’s Day. She was excited as her first single was set to be released and she was embarking on a tour. Things suddenly took a turn for the worst out of nowhere. Her song was released, but Deanna was in the hospital, strapped to a ventilator. She won’t be going on tour any time soon, but that isn’t stopping her from helping others with the same diagnosis as her.
As she was driving home from her gig, her right foot started to go numb. Then her ankle, her knee, and the rest of her leg. She was forced to drive with her left foot but when she got home, she could barely walk. She took a bath, thinking that would help but it made matters worse.
Her three children were with their babysitter, who immediately got Deanna to the hospital. Once there, the paralysis moved to her diaphragm and she was soon paralyzed from the neck down. An Air Force vet and rising country singer/songwriter, Deanna had no idea what was going on. Neither did anyone else at first. A neurologist met with her and diagnosed her with Guillain-Barre syndrome, an extremely rare autoimmune disorder that causes the body to attack its own nerves.
Deanna was put on an IV full of medicine. She had an allergic reaction to one of the medications but by the time doctors took her off of it, it had enough time to do its job. She started getting the feeling back in her torso and arms. Deanna is a fighter and although she is currently confined to a wheelchair, she is determined to get back to her children and her music.
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