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No Cure Yet For Cat Davis

Seven months after undergoing a stem cell transplant, Cat Davis sports a short new haircut and a big grin. The hairstyle was necessary when all her hair fell out during chemotherapy, but the brilliant smile is her trademark. However, in recent years, she hasn’t had much to smile about. Four years ago, the 2006 Northwest Christian School graduate was diagnosed with CREST syndrome, a combination of five diseases. The symptoms of CREST are associated with a generalized form of scleroderma, which literally means “hard skin.” The disease causes the immune system to attack and destroy healthy tissue. Her doctor told her she had two to five years to live. Despite the grim prognosis, Davis, 25, battled the disease with everything she had, undergoing painful experimental treatments. But last year she ran out of options/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

DFO: Dunno what you consider a hero to be. But individuals, like Cat Davis, who have the guts to fight for life despite a grim medical diagnosis define “hero” for me.

Question: How hard would you fight to live if you received a diagnosis like this?

Disease Spurs INW Return To Die

It was the cold she noticed first. Two years ago, when Cat Davis returned to Spokane, she couldn’t seem to get warm. She thought maybe living in Arizona had left her unaccustomed to Spokane’s October chill. But days went by and she grew more miserable.She finally went to the doctor. “I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease,” she said. The disease causes arteries that supply blood to the skin to narrow, limiting circulation to affected areas.Davis was told she’d be better off living in a warmer climate, and she wanted to return to Arizona anyway. But once there her health problems continued/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Question: What would you do if you were given a death sentence?