Help Jessie Heal

Update posted by Caren von Gontard On Jul 21, 2017

Jessie has recovered enough to begin therapy, for which we are very very grateful. She is still very sore from the blows her beautiful little body took in the car accident, and this makes moving difficult. But she is healing and her spirits are as funny and lively as ever.

She is now seeing an occupational therapist twice a week and other therapists as time and schedules allow. Since these therapies are not all covered by Medicaid we are eternally grateful for the donations you all are making to help with the expenses.

Because Jessie is the person she is, she is actually trying to do some work for Viva la Vida Foundation! We have told her to just rest and heal, but she wants so badly to help the foundation which she has such a strong commitment to. As anyone who knows Jessie understands, when she sets her mind to something she just gets it done; thus, we cannot stop her from her efforts to work. Head injuries often cause confusion, loss of memory, fuzzy vision, and headaches so her ability to concentrate on work is limited, but the main thing is her spirit is strong and she is trying!

Please continue to check in here for updates. We will post news often. And again, thank you for your support and your donations. They are an enormous help at this time and will most certainly be into the future.

Stay tuned for more video links as well as we are able to get things posted. Blessings to us all who have Jessie in our lives!

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Update posted by Susie Kaldis On Jul 18, 2017

We all love Jessie so much. We have put together this video to help raise funds for her. Please, watch this video, share this page with your network, and give what you can. Many many thanks!

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Update posted by Caren von Gontard On Jul 16, 2017

On Friday, Jessie had a therapy appointment with our wonderful Ortho-bionomist Melinda Doden. Melinda kindly donated the session to assess the structural misalignments resulting from Jessie's accident. More therapy sessions are being scheduled with Melinda and, in what we hope will be a very short time, more therapies will be added. Michelle and Jessie are carefully monitoring the effects of treatments and are fully aware of not piling on too much at once so the messages don't get confused and the ability to know what is helping becomes too difficult to understand.

On Saturday, Jessie was able to go home with Ezra for the day to visit her garden. A very good day indeed when the two of them could be together in their own home for a good part of the day.

A meal train is being set up to provide some sustenance for them each day moving forward. The bountiful food available now in our lovely valley will provide them, through loving hands, much appreciated nutrition for their bodies and their souls. We will post the link for the sign up sheet here soon.

Thank you to everyone checking in here for updates and all the powerful prayer and conscious support we know you are offering.

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Update posted by Caren von Gontard On Jul 13, 2017

First, a sincere expression of gratitude is not really visible through a computer, but please know how much your financial contributions, your love, your prayers, your food offerings and your support mean to Jessie, Michelle, Ezra and all who love this remarkable young woman. We still have some way to go toward meeting the financial needs facing the family, and healing is a slow process, but step by step, day by day, Jessie is moving forward into an undeniably bright future. Her commitment to her work with Viva la Vida Foundation has brought her into her own in a way that only destiny meetings can. Her caring and loving support of all the people and animals in her world, her developing interests in her garden and all the farming projects Viva la Vida has undertaken continue unbounded and she will certainly be active in them all for a long time to come.

Jessie's physical and spiritual healing is progressing at the pace that is right for her. This means there are days of great joy and leaps forward toward greater stability and interaction with the outside world, and there are days where quiet, reflection, and inner work are what is needed.

There are doctor appointments scheduled ahead, and thankfully all her tests thus far have shown normal readings. The healing that is taking place within Jessie is far deeper than any MRI or CAT scan can show. Trusting her process is something we all can learn from and support her with.

Again, we ask your patience in dampering your enthusiasm to go visit Jessie. It is difficult to realize how much energy is expended just talking to people, and at this time Michelle in particular needs all her energy just to keep life together and to help Jessie with anything she needs. Please continue to respect their need for quiet and calm by not texting, calling, emailing or dropping by until Michelle specifically sets a time for that. We all know how much Jessie wants to serve others and how much she wants to make us all feel good. It's now our turn to make certain she gets what she needs.


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Update posted by Caren von Gontard On Jul 11, 2017

Today is Jessie's birthday. She'll spend today quietly with her mom and husband as she continues to heal and recover. Please know that her heart is bursting with gratitude for all life brings to her. The continued support with love, prayers, and financial support are deeply appreciated by her and her family and all of us who love her.

Please continue to check in here for updates and please continue to spread the word to all of those in your world who might offer financial help and keep Jessie and her family in their thoughts with joy and delight in the daily progress Jessie is making.

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Update posted by Caren von Gontard On Jul 07, 2017

We know how much everyone wants news of Jessie's progress. Thank you for checking here frequently and telling others to check here as well. Michelle took Jessie back to the ER for a check up. They did another MRI and another CAT scan just to be certain everything was okay. Both those tests were clear. Which is an added assurance for everyone. Healing simply takes time.

Jessie, Michelle and Ezra still need peace and quiet and calm in order to do what is needed day by day. Please continue to check this site for all the updates. We will let everyone know when it is okay for you to contact Michelle directly. Thanks to EVERYONE for their understanding, patience, and keeping their own need to "know" second to the needs of Jessie and her family. We will also post any needs they have on this site and how you can assist in the best way possible and who will coordinate those efforts.

Jessie's spirit is so strong and her humor and love shine through abundantly. Your support from a distance is so very much appreciated.

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Update posted by Caren von Gontard On Jul 06, 2017

"To all those who have so generously donated and are following Jessie's progress, please know how much we truly appreciate your donations and your thoughts and caring. Jessie's mind is becoming more stable every day and her heart strength is unbelievable. I am more than sure this has a lot to do with the love you are all putting out there."

We will continue to update everyone on this page how Jessie is doing and when it will be time for more direct communication. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Update posted by Caren von Gontard On Jul 06, 2017

To all you wonderful people who love and support Jessie:

This is a time when Jessie is in need of quiet and solitude. Ezra and Michelle are on duty full time and this is as it should be. The problem is that trying to keep up with all the people who are so concerned and want to connect with Jessie becomes an overwhelming task. Emails, texts, phone calls, stopping by the house are all so well intentioned, but they all require time and effort. Please know that they value your care and concern, but for now please check on this funding page for updates about Jessie. They will be posted regularly as Michelle has time to let us know what is going on.

Please, we know you all are so much wanting to connect personally, but please refrain from texts, phone calls, emails and house visits for the time being. Every single one of you is important to Jessie. Please do not take this as a personal slight. It absolutely is simply about giving space and time so Michelle and Ezra can take care of Jessie. Again, please check this page for continual updates.

If you feel you can make a donation at the same time, that helps too.


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This is such good advice for anyone who has sustained head trauma. Resting the brain is not an easy task but goes such a long way toward quick recovery. Shhhh! for jessie.

Pat Frazier

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Update posted by Caren von Gontard On Jul 05, 2017

If you would prefer to make a donation by cash or check, you are so welcome to do that. Please send checksmade out to Viva la Vida, PO Box 403, Paonia, CO 81428. If you have cash, you can give it to Alicia Michelsen, 970-433-5852, and she will get it to us. Please text Alicia if she doesn't pick up the phone. Her phone messages don't always come through.

Please do forward this fundraising link on to your contacts. This is one way that we can all help in Jessie's time of need.

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Update posted by Caren von Gontard On Jul 04, 2017

Jessie is with her mom, Michelle, and her husband, Ezra. They will be trying to get her some additional therapies and specialist appointments soon. They thank you all for your concern, your care, and your generous donations to help with the mounting expenses. From Susie and Caren as organizers, we ask you to please continue to share this funding page with others. Every little bit helps in these circumstances. We will continue to update this page as Jessie’s healing progresses. With immense gratitude!

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Love you Jessie. Heal fast and strong!

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