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7/17/2014 7:09:00 PM
Gabby Johnson Battles On
Won't need Missouri specialist after all
Gabrielle "Gabby" Johnson

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A Yard Sale Was Held July 12 To
Help Defray Gabby's Medical Expenses

Lincoln Herald Staff

LINCOLNTON---Sixteen-year-old Gabrielle Johnson is battling on in her fight against amplified pain syndrome.

And according to proud mom Sarah Johnson of Lincolnton, speaking today, July 17, there are now some positive developments to report in Gabby's ongoing war with this excruciating musculoskeletal condition.

"We have some great news!" Mrs. Johnson enthused. "We're not going to Missouri! We have found a therapist to treat Gabby here in Pineville at Touchstone Therapy."

She explained that Gabby was previously scheduled to receive treatment from a specialist in Kansas City. But thankfully, that's all been changed now.

"It will be different from the Missouri treatment," Johnson continued. "Missouri would have meant a therapist on Gabby every moment of her therapy. Here in North Carolina, she gets one-hour sessions. And all the rest of the time, she has to be responsible for the home treatment. The harder she works, the better she gets!"

Gabby's treatment is scheduled to start right away this Friday, July 18.

And Gabby is more than eager to start this new course of potentially game-changing treatment. As she tearfully told her mom Wednesday:

"Mommy, I'm ready!"

"She has a lot of hard work, which will hurt, ahead of her," said Johnson. "But I know she will survive it, because she is strong. She's a fighter, and she doesn't know how to give up! She says, 'I get that from you!' Aww, shucks!"

Want to help Gabby? As always, Johnson adds, those wishing to help may do so via the Website at

"This will (hopefully) cover what Medicaid won't cover," she said, "which still might be nothing since she has exhausted her physical-therapy visits. We won't know for two weeks. Until then, we are paying out of pocket. This will also cover gas, repairs that need to be made to the car for visits to Pineville, three to four times a week; a YMCA membership for her to do her therapy on her own with the pool and exercise equipment; and any at-home products she will need as well."

Johnson also mentioned a July 12 yard sale to help defray Gabby's medical expenses. The effort brought in nearly $400.

"We were amazed at how many people donated over the amount of the items, just to help her out," Johnson added. "Gabby feels loved. And as her mother, I thank you!"

As of this time, there are no further fundraisers planned. But as soon as any come up, we here at the Lincoln Herald will let you, our loyal readers, know all about them.

In the meantime, stay strong, Gabby! 

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