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Jess Elsen doesn't need a wheelchair to get around the house, but she needs one if she wants to go more than a couple of blocks without discomfort.

Empire's Elsen is looking for a helping hand

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The weather plays a big role in how Jess Elsen lives her life. If the day is cold and damp, doing much more than getting out of bed can be a challenge. If she pushes herself too hard on the wrong day, she might end up in a lot of pain and stuck at home for days at a time.

It all sounds like the condition of someone much older than Elsen's 23 years.

"My mom says it's like living with an 80-year-old," Elsen said.

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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