Our friend, Kathleen, suffered a stroke on October 26, 2015, affecting the entire left side of her body. She currently has left sided weakness and hemiparesis. Complicating her recovery is that she has a congenital defect of her left arm and prior to the stroke, she used a functional myoelectric prosthesis. However, due to the stroke and diminished muscular function in her left arm, she is currently unable to use the prosthesis. This causes more difficulty when learning to walk as she only has her right arm and hand to use for support and balance. She has been making progress, albeit slow, and recently has made significant progress in learning how to walk again using a cane. She has a long road of recovery ahead of her, and has been back and forth between the hospital and the rehabilitation center since the stroke. She has not been home since the stroke. Although the family does have medical insurance,there are co-pays and deductibles that are adding up quickly. Kathleen's husband, Tom, has been working at his job as much as possible while taking care of their two daughters, ages 17 and 14. Their 17-year-old daughter is also disabled, and requires 24/7 care of her own. She needs one-on-one help with most of her activities and daily living skills, which Kathleen had been able to provide until now. Tom and Kathleen have been trying to keep their daughters’ lives as normal as possible. However, not having their mother at home has been very difficult on the girls, causing a significant emotional toll on them.
Kathleen will be unable to work when she returns home due to the physical demands of her previous job. The daily household and living expenses, along with the growing medical expenses, will be impossible to meet on Tom’s income alone. All attempts at receiving assistance have been exhausted, making their monetary need great at this moment and moving forward.
In addition, Tom is getting the house prepared so it is ready when Kathleen arrives home. This includes modifications to the home in order to accommodate Kathleen's needs. This will be a long and ongoing process for the entire family. It is our hope that we can raise enough money to keep the medical bills, household and living expenses paid while Kathleen is unable to work. This will also help to alleviate a lot of her stress, so that she can focus on getting well and pursue a new career that will be more in line with her current abilities, rather than a life filled worrying about getting their bills paid.
Kathleen is very familiar with facing and overcoming challenges in her life. We are hopeful that with the generous funds raised, the medical, household, and daily living expenses will be paid while Kathleen is unable to work.We believe that given Kathleen's history of hard work and determination, she will make a full recovery. Her goal is to return home and become a full time mother and wife while pursuing a career which will be more in line with hercurrent abilities.