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Kelowna woman fighting to live upright

Kira Miron is going to Chicago for medical care and a close friend wants to help ease her financial burden.
Image Credit: GOFUNDME/Breanne Stobbe
April 30, 2021 - 7:30 AM

A Kelowna woman is asking for help to get her friend Kira Miron “living upright.”

Breanne Stobbe launched a fundraising campaign this week to help Miron, who in December 2019 started feeling unwell.

“She had her first episode of violent vertigo when she had a virus,” Stobbe wrote in a GoFundMe.

“Within the last 17 months, her symptoms have worsened to the point where she spends 20 to 24 hours a day laying totally flat, sometimes with a pillow to prop her head. (Miron) constantly feels like she is on a turbulent airplane.”

It’s been described to Stobbe as tipping, rocking, bobbing and vibrating. It leaves Miron feeling dizzy and nauseous 24/7. She also currently gets terrible pressure at the back of her head, which mostly occurs when she is upright.

“Her list of symptoms is so long I can’t even remember them all; the neck pain, ear pressure, mostly when the barometric pressure drops, plugged and ringing ears, migraine and/or headaches and vomiting,” she wrote.

Miron has exhausted Canadian and American doctors, Neurologists, Osteopath, Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, Psychologists, Chiropractor, NUCCA Chiropractor, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Audiologist as well as received three MRIs, vestibular therapy, blood patch and a countless number of various other treatments.

“I can’t imagine what it would be like to be chronically ill; unable to take care of my family, run in the yard with my kids, ride a bike, make meals, clean my home and do all the things I do daily that I don’t even think twice about,” Stobbe wrote.

On May 8, Kira is travelling to Chicago to the Neurologic Wellness Institute for rehab. Stobbe said through a telephone consult with a doctor, Miron has learned she may have post-viral dysautonomia or more specifically “positional symptoms without tachycardia.”

It is from a virus altering her nervous system and the doctor in Chicago has successfully treated patients with similar issues.  

Stobbe wants to raise funds that will help Miron and her family at this time.

To read the whole GoFundMe go here.

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