Kaylee's Story

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Hi. This is Katy Tompkins, Kaylee Mutharts' mom. To all of you guys that have been there for Kaylee and our family, we truly and sincerely appreciate it! I am editing the initial post that was originally put on this back in February. For you guys that don't know about Kaylee, she was under the influence of methamphetamine and pulled her eyes out making her permanently blind. Kaylee is only 20 years old and had succumb to the evil of this drug. Although she had only been using it for a few months, it was dangerous enough for her that she had extreme hallucinations and thought in order to save the world, her eyes needed to come out. It's coming upon a year now and I wanted to write about some things in a brief description. All of the updates are still here so you can go back and read them. Our family has had a very hard year. Many ups and many downs. But I really want to say that my sweet Kaylee is taking this much better than I am. She may be able to get a service dog for free, after a lot of research and help from The South Carolina Commission For The Blind so that is wonderful. But I had no idea of how many expenses we would have. Her disability money just started a few months ago so me and my husband, along with the help of all of you guys, have been supporting her, as she is unable to work. It's a lot! The plan is her going to blind school evaluation in January to see how long she needs to be there. They will be driving her to be career motivated to go to college in order to support herself, which is the main goal! I, personally, didn't think it would take this long but The South Carolina Commission For The Blind is state governed and it's taking a lot more time. I just wanted to let you guys know a bit that we have learned and been through the past year, almost! We appreciate every single one of you and your kindness, thoughts and graciousness in helping us through this. If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me. Also, if it helps, please go back and read my updates. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and your kindness in this time of our lives!
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February 11, 2019
Kaylee has been transferred to the long term rehab facility today. She is there of her own free will to get better. I am so thankful for today. She is now in a program that will take the time...and time she is willing to give...to her recovery and a better life. It has been a long day for her. Her Orientation and Mobility specialist came there today to help Kaylee with her cane to adjust to her new surroundings. This is the Orientation and Mobility teacher she has had since she came home from the hospital last year. So I am so thankful for her because she is such a kind and dedicated person for the blind! For the first 2 weeks, Kaylee can only have 15 minutes of phone time 2 times a week. After that, she can use her own phone to call between 8pm and 11pm. When she initially went to the hospital on January 10th, the hospital staff took her phone. My son has been up there and has called them but they have lost it. So, I have to get her another phone. That phone, which the hospital lost, I am sure, had nothing but bad contacts put on it since she left home. So I don't mind it being lost at all. I feel some weight off of my shoulders now because one of the staff members called me back and reassured me that she would be fine and not to worry. The plan they have for her is going to be time consuming but that is what she needs. Kaylee sounds so good and her attitude is much better than it was a few months ago. Her main concern is getting better. Her medication is still working very well and I hope and pray that it continues to do so. I am still feeling physically down but I am encouraged to take small steps to get better. Please continue to pray for all of our family! My personal health has me concerned because I know my body. I am trying so hard to make the smallest steps because I know that they will eventually get me up and going again. I will update again as I talk to Kaylee or one of the staff. I have great hope and I want to say without the strength and grace of God, I wouldn't even be giving any updates at all. Thank you guys so much for everything, again! I will always continue to thank you because I am so thankful for everything all of you guys have done for our family! Sincerely, Katy
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February 6, 2019

Today is 1 year since Kaylee went blind. Yesterday was my birthday but didn't mean that much to me as I remember her at this time last year. I have been dreading this day because I knew what was happening this time a year ago...days preceding...how I felt and what was happening. I talked to Kaylee last night, as I do every single day, and she told me to celebrate. I have a very hard time comprehending that. I asked her..."Kaylee, how do I celebrate...I can't!" She said, "Mom, it's the beginning of my new life. Even though I am blind, it really could have gotten worse." I agreed with her but all of the memories came flooding back to me. After I talked to her, actually, even before, I had decided in my own thoughts that I needed to be thankful! The day after this happened to Kaylee, my son ended up in the ICU the day due to a bad car accident...actually, exactly above the unit she was in. So I have decided to be thankful and have told my other kids I need to be thankful because they both are alive! So, that's what I have done today! Be thankful to Almighty God! Kaylee has been accepted to go to the extended rehab facility on the 11th. She is very excited and looking forward to her new beginning. I can really tell her progress because she doesn't need to call me several times a day. That tells me she is trying to stand on her own strength...and doing well at it. Her medication is still working well. Knowing that she is definitely going to a long term facility and her being safe and getting better has put me in the mindset to concentrate on getting back on my feet. I am struggling with it but I know it will take some time for me as well. It's frustrating to me because I have always been up and around and had a busy life. Enjoying every minute of it...when you have 7 kids, it really keeps you busy anyways! But for me, I am not used to being "down." I have made my commitment to taking 1 step at a time to get back on my feet and do the best I can. Just wanted to let you guys know that things are going well for Kaylee and I know that your prayers have helped so much! For the days ahead, please continue to to pray for us! I didn't mean to put myself so much in Kaylee's update but I thought you guys may want to know. Thank you so much from deep in my heart for everything you guys have done for our family and know that it has meant more than you could ever know! I will do my best to update as much as I can as I try to get back on my feet, physically and mentally! Katy
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Kaylee called me today..as she does every day..to give me good news! On January 11th, she will be going to a 6 month rehab facility for mom's. She is so happy and very excited because they focus on her being a good mom as well! Such a wonderful blessing for all of us! As she has been at this facility, the Drs, therapist, etc have been working diligently in getting her a good treatment plan and have kept her there until it became available. Kaylee's medication seems to be working very well. She told me the other day that it was so good to actually be happy without needing anything else. I do wish I would have known sooner that she had bipolar depression. I most certainly would have had her treated. I just wanted to give you guys a good update and ask for your continuing thoughts and prayers that everything goes well. Still some kinks to work out but I am working on them. She has her disability check but it comes to my house and I'm figuring out how to get her a direct deposit for her check. So now, I feel like I can work on myself. My health has gotten bad... emotional/physical. Haven't been out of the house since December 3rd. I get out of breath walking from one room to the next. Now I am going to give it my all, bit by bit, to get my health back! Please pray for me too! Our family thanks you guys again for so much you have done! Our hearts have been blessed with your kindness! As I work on myself, I will update as much as I can! Thank you guys again, sincerely!
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I have had several people ask me not to close the campaign down since I last updated. That is why I haven't shut it down yet. Kaylee is still in the psychiatric hospital because they are keeping her there to ensure she gets the proper treatment before heading to rehab. They have put her on medication for Bipolar Depression and it seems to be doing well for her. It takes about 6 weeks to really know for sure but so far, so good! I just wanted some more input from you guys about keeping this open. Let me go back just a bit. When Kaylee was in the hospital back in February, our car had started to have many problems. Even before that it was having electrical problems. It was a 2000 Dodge Neon. We tried our best to fix it but couldn't. So, in order to get Kaylee to all of her appointments almost an hour away, I was forced to buy another car. I didn't want to because I always stay on budget but I had no choice. My husband had gotten laid off from his job making $16 an hour and now is working for $10 an hour. I am currently looking into trading the car in for a much cheaper car as we cannot afford this car payment. I am doing the best that I can because going through the past few months on top of everything since February, I have gotten severally depressed. I have tried so hard not to let it get to me but with the circumstances, it did. I live one day at a time now, concerning myself, and it has become really hard. I have always handled our budget and we just get by. I honestly don't know when Kaylee will be back home so I can't speculate. She has been in the hospital with only what she had when she was taken by EMS. I haven't gotten her anything because I think I wanted something to sink in with her. But when she does go to rehab they will require me to send her the necessities to just get by. So, in a nutshell, I'm trying to trade this car in to maintain our budget and I have to also make sure Kaylee has what is required for rehab. I am completely leaving keeping this page open up to all of you guys that have supported us through almost a year now. You can message me through here which will go to my email. If it were not for the support from all of you, I don't know what we would have done! Our family has appreciated every single cent!
I also want you guys to know that when Kaylee left that day to be with her ex boyfriend, during that time I watched the movie called "Beautiful Boy." It hit me really hard! it was like this boys father was living the same life as me.. except for the fact that Kaylee became blind. Talking to Kaylee's therapist and Drs and doing much more research on my own, I have a much better understanding. So I ask.. Please email me from here and let me know how you guys feel because I want to make sure everything I do is right and good! I know it's a cliche to say I appreciate everything but I truly mean it with my entire heart and soul!

As I was updating..I put my phone down..my oldest daughter, that started this for Kaylee, told me there was a shooter at her work in Chicago...Orland Park, Illinois. She left work 45 minutes before the shooting.

I am an absolute wreck right now so I please ask you guys so much to let me know what you think!
Thanks so much, Katy
Please keep my other daughter in your thoughts and prayers as she is very shaken up!
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