LELA the Pig helps patient with rheumatoide arthritis

LELA the Pig (www.lelathepig.com) is always on the lookout for causes worth supporting. Many times we receive helpful suggestions from guests who visited us at Salsa and Salsa (www.salsaandsalsa.com). In September 2013 the Dancing Chefs found a cause closer by home, to be more precise: on the island of Cozumel! This month we did not collect donations for an organisation but for a woman who has chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Here is her story:
Lulu“My full name is Marie de Lourde Cienfuegos Lopez. I’m 43 years old. When I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. I have received many treatments from anti-inflammatory medication, chemo therapy and inmuno suppressors. Currently I’m taking Arava-20mgs with an aproximate monthly cost of $1600 pesos. Apart of this I also take:
  • Meloxicam 15mgs
  • Cartigen NF
  • Calcort 6mg
  • Vitamins, collagen and calcium

Due to the fact that I’ve been sick for so many years, the arthritis has affected my knees. Therefore I have osteo arthritis now and in the long term I will need a prothesis in both knees. On daily basis my knees are painful and swollen. Currently I’m seeing a doctor in Cancun who applies laser and electro therapy to create a inter-articular space in my left knee. Afterwards he will inject plasma and tissue from knee to create a kind of cushion, so the bones won’t deteriorate any further. My leg will begin to regenerate and I will have more flexibility and movement. This treatment will take aproximately 5 months. 

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the people who have donated to LELA the Pig for their generous donation. Thanks to your help I will be able to continue with my treatment.


Maria de Lourdes Cienfuegos Lopez”


She also shared a short poem with us, which we translated from Spanish:

Salsa LelaSome people are like umbrellas,

that protect us from the storm.

Even when you’re far away,

their love will keep you warm.

When the world is cold and grey,

and it’s hard to finish the day,

It’s good to know that you are there.

It’s good to know that you care!


LOVE from Lela the Pig


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