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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April 19th, 2019
I wanted to give an update on Kaylee's progress. Since the last update, she has been doing much better. She has been to therapy and her Dr. Waiting on a psychiatric appointment because The Commission For the Blind is checking for one. Kaylee has been the happiest I have seen her since everything happened! Her medication is working very well. Thankfully, she only has to take one. But thank God for that! I wanted to let you guys know that she has excelled so much navigating that I guide her with my words and she does excellent. Outside, I'm much more protective. But we take a step at a time. I feel like I have my daughter back because one thing I've noticed is that I still look at her when I talk to her... most people don't. And I don't feel any different than I did before she went blind... communicating with her. I'm so happy about that! I told her that because I has just noticed it. It made her really happy! So, all in all, a day at a time but much better! As for our financial situation, it has become pretty much... paycheck to paycheck. Some people look at what this fund has raised but don't realize or understand that it has taken everything to care for Kaylee's needs. Many needs. I am worried sick about getting the car we had to get because of what happened to Kaylee, paid off. If we can just get that car paid off it's going to be much easier on us. My husband only makes $12 an hour so it's hard. Any help you guys can give would be appreciated so so much. Our landlord also raised our rent again. So getting this car paid off would be of such enormous help. We are doing better.... emotionally but like I said...one day at a time. We sincerely appreciate all of your help and for being here for so long for us....such tremendous support! We wish everyone a Happy Easter and send our thanks and sincerity to all of you!
From our hearts, Sincerely, Katy and Kaylee
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April 6th, 2019
I realized that I have been giving brief updates but I wanted to make this one more specific. It has been hard for me so I feel like I am able to do a bit more of a detailed update! I have shared the best I can considering the circumstances. There has been so much in between. Thinking about it today, I realized that I could give a better understanding of things that have been going on. You guys know what I have already posted so I'm going to do my best to put all of the "in between." As you guys know..I have 7 children. 2 boys and 5 girls. Ages...37, 31, 28, 27, 21, 19 and 18. Since everything has happened with Kaylee, slowly, my other kids have backed away! With the exception of my youngest.. figure that! She is there at any time and always willing to help. I am having a very hard time understanding this. I have taught every one of my kids right from wrong, respect and have been there for them ALWAYS. My 2nd oldest daughter texted me last week that she hated me and actually talked to Kaylee on the phone and said "Mom loves you more than me".! She absolutely knows that is not true at all. I love ALL of my kids equally. After she "texted" me that she hated me, I even texted her back and told her "It's okay that you hate me. But I will always love you. I love you the same as I love Kaylee. It's just that Kaylee needed me." I haven't heard from her and I probably won't for a very long time. My 2nd youngest son hasn't talked to me since July. I was very worried because it wasn't like him. He finally texted my youngest daughter and said " He couldn't take any bad vibes and be hopes me and my other kids don't hate him." My oldest daughter lives in Chicago so too many miles. It has been so hard doing this all on my own..I am 57 years old and this has taken a huge toll on my health. Now that Kaylee is back home and on a very detailed path, I'm still having to do this along,with her help! She has decided to be sober and stay clean. No phone and no going with anyone untrustworthy. And she is good with that. My husband I guess feels the same way as my other kids. Doesn't understand...so other things go along with that...hurtful things, to me. Mine and Kaylee's goal right now is to do her therapy, hopefully I can join, coping skills and then finally..blind school. I need her to get to blind school because as it looks, she will have to be more independent than I thought. My other kids have not stepped up to help. I think that's about all I can do for right now. It's a lot for me. I deal with things Kaylee doesn't know because I want her to concentrate on herself...I'm trying to reach out to people I trust..I have tonight! I normally wouldn't but I have to! Please please keep Kaylee and I in your prayers because we are doing our best! Thank you for even reading this. It means a lot! Sincerely, Katy
Also..if anyone has any questions please feel free to let me know! I will try to update more details as I can! Thank you again!
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March 29, 2019
Finally, good update! Kaylee is back home. She agreed to give guardianship of herself to me. She said she has realized so much and she only feels safe at home. She has realized, finally, she needs to gain more strength and she told me that if she is here at home, she can do it! She has hope...I have hope! I haven't in a while. Also, I told her....NO PHONE! I honestly do now! Her medication is helping but her attitude is completely different and I can hear in her voice and her see in her actions that she is so committed more so now than ever! Thank you guys for everything...all of your thoughts and prayers because they have worked! Still taking it a day at a time but at least we have more hope than ever! Please still keep us in your thoughts and prayers! Looking ahead in a good and positive way! It's a great thing! Hope!!! Thank you guys again so so much! Sincerely, Katy
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March 12, 2019
Just a quick update. Nothing catastrophic has happened so that is a really good thing. The friends that Kaylee is staying with have been helping her the best they can. I am very thankful that all is well and Kaylee has not used drugs since she left rehab. I sincerely hope and pray that her medication is helping her as it has been with that. I want to thank all fo you guys for all of your thoughts for me so much! I could be doing worse...that's how I look at it! Hopefully, soon, I will be so much better, physically. Kaylee is still on the wait list for another 30 day rehab for the Commission For The Blind. Hoping that will come very soon. She still needs her other eye surgery and blind school but things are very slow when it comes to the state. So, a good note... nothing bad! I ask that you please pray that it stays that way. I extremely appreciate it so much! Sincerely, Katy
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