Meet Joseph Pascale. Our brother Joe was once a hardworking, loving, husband and father of 2 boys. Two years ago, after a seemingly routine upper respiratory infection, Joe was found unresponsive and was taken to the Brookwood Hospital, where he remained for 2 months. After a myriad of testing, including CT scans, MRIs, EEGs, lab tests, and even a brain biopsy, the etiology of Joe’s brain insult and resultant coma, remains unclear.
Joseph gradually regained consciousness and was able to be taken off the ventilator, but his brain injury has impacted many of his normal bodily functions. Joe became emaciated and profoundly weak and frail. Last year, our parents became Joe’s primary care takers, and they have worked tirelessly to obtain the best possible care, treatments and therapies to ensure that Joseph will regain the highest level of function possible. Since then, Joseph’s overall health has improved tremendously. He has regained all his weight and his strength has improved.
Without a definitive diagnosis, Joe’s care, medications, therapies and treatments have been a series of trial and error. He has had set backs, improvements and breakthroughs. Despite their best efforts, Joseph still has very limited speech, only minimal vision, and loss of most voluntary muscle control. He continues to be plagued by frequent involuntary muscle spasms. The most frustrating part for Joseph has been his inability to communicate. But through it all, Joseph is mostly peaceful and content in my parents’ care. He smiles often and laughs easily. Our parents are grateful for the opportunity to care for him and consider Joe a great blessing.
Joseph is an otherwise healthy 35 year old man, and while we are always hopeful for a full recovery, we understand that he will probably require care for the rest of his life. My family cannot express enough, the depth of our gratitude for the thoughts, prayers and financial support of so many. We humbly ask for continued support. We have joined with expect change to provide a tax deductable way to make a donation. Please consider committing to a monthly or perhaps quarterly donation if you feel so led. Please know that no amount is too little and no prayer goes unheard. May God bless you and yours and please accept the sincere gratitude of our whole family and Joe.