Last year, Teresa learned she has an even more aggressive case of OPCA, Olivo Ponto Cerebellar Atrophy.
However, Mason's own research led to her a distant hope.
Unrestrained by the exhaustive testing requirements in the U.S., doctors in Qingdao, China, are using stem cells from umbilical cord blood. The stem cells are injected into the cerebral spinal fluid.
Mason is currently in China to receive the relatively untested therapy against the advice of all her doctors back home.
Mason's desperation isn't just for her own life, but for her children who are also at risk as they age.
The cost of treatment in China will come out of her own pocket. Mason will draw from a fund set up through Ebenezer Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, which is in the name of her mother, Joyce Walker.
Mason arrived in China at the end of June and will stay for several weeks. She said her Chinese doctors tells her it could be as little as three to six months before she sees results from the stem cell therapy.
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