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Update posted by Lorrie Bissonnette On May 11, 2016

As we wrap up this fundraiser, I woulld to thank each and every one of you for donations,thoughts and prayers for Kathleen and her family. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the entire Wargelin family!

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Update posted by Lorrie Bissonnette On May 11, 2016

As we wrap up this fundraiser, I woulld to thank each and every one of you for donations,thoughts and prayers for Kathleen and her family. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the entire Wargelin family!

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Update posted by Lorrie Bissonnette On May 11, 2016

As we wrap up this fundraiser, I woulld to thank each and every one of you for donations,thoughts and prayers for Kathleen and her family. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the entire Wargelin family!

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Update posted by Lorrie Bissonnette On May 11, 2016

As we wrap up this fundraiser, I woulld to thank each and every one of you for your donations,thoughts and prayers for Kathleen and her family. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the entire Wargelin family!

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Update posted by Lorrie Bissonnette On Mar 30, 2016

Hello everyone .

It's hard to believe it has been a month since my last update.

The past month has been typical in regard to my ups and downs, and progress is painfully slow. Sometimes painfully in the literal sense.

I spent my first few weeks home loving to be with my family but it has been a difficult adjustment for everyone, particularly for Rebecca, but she is getting there. For 6 weeks, I received PT and OT. I have continued to progress on my pyramid cane and despite some pain on my left side, I have taken a couple of short walks on nice days outside.My right leg gets tired fast because of bearing most of the weight. It's frustrating, but I keep trying. I have also mastered going up and down the two steps going in and out of my house. Who thought one day I would ever be excited about walking up and down 2 steps? My how things have changed.

Perhaps the most difficult and sad thing over these few weeks has been the continued lack of movement in my in my left arm. I also have much pain in my left shoulder and arm. It turns out I have sublimation in my left shoulder . The tendons that connect the shoulder to the arm have been being pulled and stretched downward via gravity , and it is as painful as it sounds. I was asked if I wanted to participate in a study going on at Metro hospital to reduce the pain. As it turns out, participants must have had their stroke at least six months prior, which I missed by one month. I will likely try again around April26th. In outpatient PT last week, I walked on the quad cane which was a nice little progression. The most exciting part for me was that the OT did some magical massages on my scapula and front shoulder which resulted in my being able to move my left arm a little bit . But I moved it! I plan on continuing to have more movement a bit at a time. Boy do I miss that guy.

Tom's employer has been great to us throughout this ordeal, but he is running out of sick time! Please let me know if in anyone knows of any type work I can do at home, as long as it doesn't involve me having some type of party involving inviting my friends over to be pressured into buying candles, or baskets, or kitchen items. Or anything at all.

Tom has been amazing taking care of Rebecca and I. We are going to get a bit of help with Rebecca this week,which should ease some of the work off of Tom.

Maya appears to be handling things maturely, and she and I talk a lot. She is a greatkid.I would like to say a special thank you to Brook park Methodist Church who has extended a kind hand to help our family . Such a kind gesture considering we are not members of their church . Thank you to friends and certain family members who have been there for me throughout this ordeal. I couldn't have done it without you ! You know who you are!

Thank you to everyone who has donated, with a special shout out to those members of The BeatlesUniverse who have contributed.The best friends I have never met, though it feels like I have known you a lifetime . Thank you to Lorrie and Sue, who kick started fundraiser to help us kick our medical bills , while I kick this stroke right in the arse. See ya around town. Or around the internet., or around the universe .

And thank you

Kathleen and Tom still need our help! Please donate and share this campaign on your Facebook page


I wasn’t logged in so I don’t know if my previous comment went through or not. I just wanted to let you know Kathleen that you are an inspiration to me. Baby steps. Just keep working and keep progressing. I know a little bit of what Tom is going through having nursed my wife following her successful cancer surgery 6 years ago. Having had zero medical schooling, I learned a lot and learned it quickly. I think what Tom is doing is more difficult than what I did. I have much respect for you Tom. Keep up the good work guys and know that there are many of us out her cheering for you! Go team Kathleen! Best wishes, Rich Allen

Richard Allen

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Update posted by Lorrie Bissonnette On Feb 13, 2016

Below you will find a personal update from Kathleen. Please be sure to share this on your FB page as Kathleen and Tom are still in need of donations.

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to shoot a quick thank you to those so kind enough to give to the fundraiser which was set up to help Tom and I, and to those who helped us out with some cash and gift cards independent of the fundraiser.Our financial situation is hitting home now that I am not bringing home a paycheck. I do not qualify for benefits; we have tried all appeals and reapplying and it's not going to happen .Also, I thought I would to take this opportunity to provide a bit of an update.

I have been home since January 16th when I was discharged from the rehab facility to home . I am thrilled to be home but it is a challenge for everyone,

Th nerve pain comes and goes. It is hard for me totbelieve it has been almost four months since I had this damn stupid stroke.

Overall, the news is positive. Especially if one enjoys receiving their good news in small, slow, teeny tiny doses.

My walking is getting better slowly but surely. Because the stroke affected my left side.I have the tendency to lean/shift my weight to the right when I walk. So we are working on my posture and weight bearing on my left leg in order to more evenly distribute the weight. It's coming along slowly. With the combination of wheelchair and cane we have also figured how to get in and out of the car pretty smoothly.

In physical therapy there are two main goals right now. The first one is to get myself into the bathroom and take care of business 100% by myself. This constitutes a huge part of my being able to stay home alone.I have just achieved that over the past two says and it is exciting!The second goal right now is to get me to out patient therapy which is where the therapist thinks I should be in the fairly near future. My best guess is in the next three to four months.The outpatient scenario might look like this. Move from my current pyramid cane to a quad cane to a regular cane to no cane!!! That of course is if everything goes according to plan.

Of concern right now is the lack of movement in my left arm.It is very tight. Tom and I and the therapist and myself are working on getting that arm back , and for right now, I'm not taking no for an answer.

Aside from the nerve pain , things are coming along slowly but nicely. I have learned to accept the smallest accomplishments as progress which has helped my confidence but may have grown my egoa little too much. How you ask? In order to establish a baseline for cognition, patients are givenThe Montreal Cognitive Assessment .I scored 100% !!!!

She also told me she has never seen anyone score 100%.'😊For as much as I have struggled throughout this whole thing ,it was just what I needed!! 😊😊

Tom's job has been very good to him but eventually his fmla time will run out and that time is coming up soon. I have no clue what we are going to do, but as I tell the girls when they become fearful about my situation. " We are a family, and we will make it work."

Additionally , Tom and I had been planning the trip of a lifetime next summer to Liverpool! Liverpool, where one can tour all of the Beatles historical sites including Paul McCartney's childhood home where he and John sat across from each and wrote their early songs together. I am getting a little misty eyed just thinking about it. That trip might need to be postponed a year or so but I will be using every possible minute to work hard, get stronger and make a full,recovery from this monster type thing that decided to take over my body with no warning. It will not win, I will win. Anyone who knows me knows I have a bit of experience when it comes to facing adversity head on and kicking it's ass. I refuse to let things such as fear, sadness, uncertainty or financial insecurity get in my way . Right now I envision myself walking around Liverpool in 2018 with no assistive device . However, if I require a cane to stroll around a Beatle fan's paradise,perhaps I can use it to snag Paul along the way.

This really was meant to be a reasonable, traditional thank you note to those who have helped us financially, but I seem to have gotten carried away. Some of you are Tom's friends whom I don't know, but to whom we are both very grateful.

Thank you all again and again and again for your generosity .


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Update posted by Lorrie Bissonnette On Jan 26, 2016

We are thrilled to report that Kathleen was discharged home on January 16!

Although being home presents many new challenges, Kathleen is over the moon with happiness to be home with Tom and the girls, and was able to celebrate a quiet birthday with her family .

Kathleen has been very busy with in-home therapy and doctors appointments. She continues to use the pyramid cane to assist her in walking, and will soon be getting a brace made for her leg which will provide more support as she continues to progress.

Kathleen is still experiencing some pain at times but has remained fairly manageable up to this point. Kathleen and Tom and met with the neurologist two days ago. The doctor was pleased with her progress and provide Kathleen with a positive prognosis.

As we knew, Kathleen has a long road ahead filled with hard work and extreme effort. As we also knew, she is up for the challenge and willing to put 100% effort into everything that is asked of her.

Kathleen and Tom would sincerely like to thank all of those who have contributed to the Go Get Funding and for those who have given independent of the fundraiser. Both are extremely grateful for the generosity of others.


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Update posted by Lorrie Bissonnette On Jan 14, 2016

We would like to provide an update as to where Kathleen is now in relative to when she initially had the stroke. However, things are constantly up-and-down, and can change quickly day to day.

First, and most importantly, we would like to thank everyone for their generous donations thus far.

Kathleen and Tom will soon be faced with a financial situation they never imagined. Anything we can provide prior to Kathleen going home will greatly reduce the stress surrounding the fear of finances awaiting her and Tom for the next few years .

Kathleen continues to progress toward her ambulatory goals. She is now able to walk up to 70 feet with with a pyramid cane. She is doing very well with more challenging tasks such as transferring and turning. This week, Kathleen is working on walking up and down steps. This has proven to be a challenge, but Kathleen is determined to conquer it, and we also feel that she will; given her history of hard work and perseverance with everything she is faced with in general.

Kathleen's speech is very good. She does have some vocal cord weakness and at times managing lengthy conversations can be a challenge due to the large amount of breath support required to do so. She is working with the speech therapist in order to repair those deficits .

Aside from some occasional difficulty with short-term memory, Kathleen's cognitive function remains intact.

Aside from the difficulties mentioned above, Kathleen's progress has been outstanding. This is especially true considering her initial progress for the first few weeks was painfully slow, causing her major depression.

Additionally, Kathleen continues to battle excruciating nerve and muscle pain at times. Kathleen and the medical professionals have been working at finding the correct combination of drugs and leg/arm movement in order to manage the pain. Unfortunately, this combination has been elusive up to this point. Kathleen and Tom will continue to work with medical professionals and therapist in order to come up with solution to manage her pain.

On behalf of Kathleen, her family, and her army of friends, thank you for the financial and emotional support given to her over the past few months, as well as for the support you provide in the future.

Please continue to keep Kathleen and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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