Updated posted by Melissa Smith 1 month ago
Hi my peeps, I know I keep disappearing for too long at a time. This winter has not been kind to my body. I have spent most of the last three months in the hospital, although it has been the best few hospital stays I have ever had with all the support and visits and pick me ups that everyone has been doing, giving and being there for me more than ever now. I know my chive family has been so supportive in every single way. I have yet another pneumonia but I am trying SO HARD to get this stuff out of my lungs, I am in physical therapy even when I wake up and feel like I can't move or breathe well, I am still making it and pushing my body to get healthy.
I want to find a house! I did get the chance to look at a place I like in between hospital stays. It needs a lot of work... New cabinets and counters I can can access easily and reach better, flooring, we need to reconfigure and remodel the kitchen and the master bedroom, bathroom and closet for me so I can function all by myself, that would be my ultimate goal, I am so tired of feeling like a baby almost. I am so grateful that I have help and support but I want to cook again so badly and be able to shower all by myself and go in my closet and pick out clothes that I can reach and do my own laundry and be able to move around my house easily and in an open area where as now, where I am renting, the carpets kill my arms and its a very small place with lots of difficult areas for me to try and maneuver my way around. I would love to brush my teeth in a real sink, not a bowl and get ready in a bathroom that works for me. I know it is coming soon, I am so ready but I am SO LOST and not sure where to start when it comes to all these things. I may ask my chive family to help me and guide me and show me things I don't know. This is ALL NEW to me and I want to be independent so badly so I am getting really serious, I might make an offer on a house that we looked at that is very close to a lot of family members which would be good for the times I do need help or if there is an emergency.
When all this is ready and we have a place and I am settled, I want to have a meet up at my house in the warm weather hopefully in my big back yard if I get it, a housewarming cook out party! I want to see everyone that can make it, that would be the best day.
Anyone who feels that they would maybe want to help me or guide me through any of the things I have mentioned or if you are thinking of things that I have totally skipped over (I know its probably a lot), please reach out to me, I definitely need the support you guys always give me and I can't wait to get it moving and show you all the good and possibilities and opportunities you are bringing to my life. I thank you all so very much. I will never be able to pay you all back but like I have said before, I will always pay it forward. All of my love, Melissa
Updated posted by Melissa Smith 2 months ago
Hi guys. I know it has been a while since an update but just want to fill everybody in. This is Stephanie BTW. My sister has been pretty sick the last month or so. Pneumonia, some very strange skin condition and a bunch of other NOT FUN issues going on. Yesterday Johns Hopkins did a biopsy on a strange lump/infection that they are unsure of and we are awaiting those results. Today she will under go a lung surgery to take a look at some suspicious spots on/around lungs and to help clear out the pneumonia/infection that her lungs are to weak to do on her own thanks to chemo and radiation. I will continue to try and keep everyone as updated as possible. It kind of feels like one step forward 3 steps back but with the prayers, and love from all of the chivers, friends, family I know my sister will pull through this as she has every other time. She also celebrates her 30th birthday on Sunday Feb. 2nd so everyone keep her in your thoughts and lets hope the madness ends soon.
KCCO as always.
If you want/need to contact or or send anything to Melissa, please email me at HopeforMMS@Yahoo.com
Updated posted by Melissa Smith 3 months ago
I wanted to check in because I may seem a bit distant in the last month or so but I have been SO SICK! I was in the hospital for a while and am home now but feeling less than par. Today is the first day, I could even think about sending a text, making a call or reading an email but I don't want anyone thinking I'm ignoring or not around, I'm here, I'm trying to get better. Started with a nasty pneumonia and my body is working real hard to get well, unfortunately, it works a little slower than I would like it to! This set back is a big one as far as my progress with physical therapy which I've missed now for almost a month ugh :( that is so frustrating to me because that's my happy place and where I feel my best and where I'm getting strongest, I will get there, I always do. I just wanted to let you know that too. KCCO. Thank you for the support, these are the times I don't think I could make it without it. Sending all my love I posess, I hope everyone is living their days to the fullest and counting their prayers every morning, take it all in :). LOVE, melissa
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posted by Brent White 1 month ago
Keep up the awesome work!! Hope you get the house you're looking for! Stay strong KCCO
posted by Tony Knowles 1 month ago
Sending prayers for a positive outcome with the tests, fight strong fight hard.
posted by Heather Brinkley 2 months ago
Hey Melissa, I just wanted to say that when I saw your face on the Chive, when you were being wheeled into the restaurant, I couldn't help but shed a few tears for you. I know we don't know each other but when I saw your smile and read your story I couldn't move on without helping even if it was just a little. It's impossible not to want for you after seeing your smile. Please get better and Chive On!
posted by Eric Kunst 3 months ago
Saw your recent post about your month debacle with pneumonia. Keep getting better and keep that smile going strong. KCCO lil lady!
posted by John Cole 3 months ago
Amazing! Here is my favorite quote from my favorite movie "What Dreams May Come" "Thought is real Physical is the illusion" If this is all a test, I am pretty sure you have passed multiple times over again! Don't give up ~ you are an inspiration to so many... Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday's Sending you lots of love and light
posted by Jennifer Anderson 4 months ago
Please don't stop with the updates. I LOVE hearing from you!
posted by Bruce Wohldmann 4 months ago
Keep up the hard hard work I'm keeping an eye on you !!! KCCO Sweet Melissa
posted by Robert Maske 4 months ago
I'm originally from Kent Island (and a loyal Chivette), and seeing your story on the Chive was pretty incredible. It's wonderful to see such inspiring stories with familiar faces from home- first your story, and now what you've done for Addy and her family. It's truly amazing! KCCO
posted by Megan Christopher 5 months ago
Keep being positive beautiful Melissa. God Bless you and your family. KCCO!
posted by Joshua Horne 5 months ago
May God Bless you and may he keep you safe and heal you. I am a single mom of four so I wish I could help you more. All I can do is say a prayer for you. I read your story and I could only imagine your struggle and pain. We should all be thankful for our health because we can never know how life can change. Keep your head up and continue fighting :)
posted by Danitza Gonzalez 5 months ago
KCCO Melissa!!! We got your back!
posted by Shawn Eggebrecht 5 months ago
We're all so happy. You got this now. Just keep it up, and never stop fighting. With all the love in the world, Shawn and Megan.
posted by Shawn Eggebrecht 5 months ago
Hi Please help my daughter it has lost much blood
posted by Dea Dea 6 months ago
I donated my last because your truly an inspiration to many. I know with prayer someone will help me too.
posted by Sylvia Romero 6 months ago
Hi Melissa, just wanted to let you know I cried for over 3 hours when I read your story. It hit so close to home and I just couldn't control my emotions. I am so happy to see you received the miracle you deserve. I am 30 and have multiple medical issues and this year I have been when chair bound. Reading your story just brought out some much emotion because I could honestly feel what you are going through. I am so sorry life has dealt you such a hard hand, but your spirit and determination brought a smile to my face. I know all the money in the world will not being back your legs, but I am so happy you will be able to live comfortable and not have to worry any more. It's amazing at the amount of good people left in this world. If things ever slow down I would like to chat sometimes. It is nice to share stories and experiences. My email is email@example.com. My name is Jodi Trosclair. Hope to hear from you.
posted by Jodi Trosclair 6 months ago
Melissa! Thank YOU! For what you represent and the motivation you summon on others... Makes for a better place to live in Y'know? Would love to chat w you ... If you do pls drop a line... firstname.lastname@example.org Chive on! From Tucson AZ... Show the rest of us the meaning of a smile! :)
posted by Rafael Gaytan 6 months ago
Stay strong Melissa! There is no way I can relate to your struggle, just know that you have touched a lot of people with your strength. Hell, over 12,000 Chivers smashed all fundraising records. And they did that because they believe in you. KCCO
posted by Randy Maloney 6 months ago
so the paralysis is caused by autoimmune response ? try looking thru www.curezone.com and www.earthclinic.com (Ted's remedies) for possible help. read that boron/borax might help eliminate parasites/pathogens that may be attacking the spinal column and causing the problem.
posted by Fook Mee Lo 6 months ago
Stay strong, Melissa. I know it's hard to believe this at times but i really do believ everything happens for a reason. You are such an inspiring person with an amazing story. As of right now there are over 12,000 people who have donated who must feel the same way. Keep persevering...stay strong and know that there are people who have never even met you who are here for you. Stay strong!
posted by Josh Roys 6 months ago
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