CJD Takes Young Woman In South Dakota

Food Not Our Only Concern

As many are aware, Lisa Johnson began having some health problems over the last month and a half. She was supposed to work at Post Prom on April 12, but felt a little dizzy and nauseous so she went home instead.

Lisa Johnson and CJD

Feeling no better on Monday, she decided a trip to the doctor was in order. Several tries on antibiotics led to more tests. What doctors initially thought was an inner ear and sinus infection actually turned out to be Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. CJD is a very rare and fatal brain disorder, which is a close relative of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy — commonly known as Mad Cow Disease (as an editorial note,it’s highly infectious).

There are three kinds of CJD: hereditary, sporadic and variant. The variant kind is related to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (as an editorial note, this is all bullshit–prion disease is prion disease and prions are being mismanaged around the world. The food supply is not our only concern and food suppliers are skewing and suppressing a much broader conversation).

Johnson’s case was diagnosed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., as Sporadic CJD with no known cause. CJD causes a protein in the brain to fold and mutate, destroying brain tissue. Doctors don’t know the cause of the protein mutation.

Several doctor visits, tests, and a hospital stay in Sioux Falls led to the trip to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a full diagnosis. At this time, the doctors also gave the heart-wrenching news that there is no cure for CJD.

The family was told that Johnson’s case was very aggressive, as they compared the three MRIs she had taken within a two week span.

“It was hard to believe that ‘Mama Johnson’ was dealt something she couldn’t fight her way out of,” said her sister, Janelle Bischoff of Huron. “She always told the kids you can do it. Give it the best you can. And she always gave everything 150 percent if she was involved in it.”

Since there is no cure for the disease, time was spent keeping Johnson as comfortable as possible. As the disease progressed, she was admitted to Huron Regional Medical Center to control hallucinations and mood swings, after which she once again returned home. Johnson passed away at home on June 3, at the age of 49.

“Lisa will be remembered for her laugh, loyalty and deep love for her family,” Bischoff said. “The friendships she built through the livestock industry, 4-H events, the kids she cheered for at Huron sporting events, the kids she mentored in Confirmation, and the family members she wrapped with love will always be lucky because they were touched by her ferocious spirit.”

Her family includes her husband Gary, and children, Jeremiah, a senior at Huron High School, and Courtney, who will be a junior at SDSU this fall. Source: http://www.plainsman.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=23372&page=75

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