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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Kaylee wanted to thank everyone for everything! We appreciate all of you guys so much!
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I just wanted to let you guys know that Kaylee and I have been talking to a writer with People Magazine for a few weeks now. They wanted to write about her progress since it's coming upon a year since she went blind. I wanted to share the story they wrote that came out yesterday! Thank all of you guys for all of your support, thoughts, prayers and just being here, sincerely from our entire family!
https://people.com/human-interest/kaylee-muthart-gouged-eyes-out-drugs-year-later/
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Since it is #GivingTuesday, I thought I would share. Sorry I haven't been here much, but this past year has been the worst year of my life. But I am very thankful because it could have been worse! Kaylee is doing good. There have been a lot of ups and downs and sometimes the road is really rough! She still has 1 more surgery and starts Blind School in Columbia, SC in January. I want to thank all of you guys for all of the support and kind words and Kaylee does as well! Still a long journey ahead. I, personally have learned even more that I am thankful for just the smallest things. In the situation we have been in, you learn that you need to be very thankful for everything you have...the very smallest things! We are truly thankful for everyone and all of the kind words and support! People Magazine has been in contact with us and they will be doing an article on Kaylee because it's coming close to a year. Again, thank you for everything, sincerely!
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Just a quick update! Everything is going well. Figured out a few things....for myself and Kaylee. A college student at Bob Jones University messaged me and was wanting to interview me from a parents perspective of what we have been through! All of these months I often wondered if anyone could understand a mother's perspective of what has happened. The the other day this college student wanted to interview me. I was so thankful because I know that many mother's/parents could relate in some way! I actually can't wait! I have so much to say being a mother in this situation! Also, BBC Radio emailed me for a pre recorded interview with Kaylee, since it's almost been a year! We had to postpone her other surgery because of another family thing and also my husband with his new job couldn't take off work! But it's okay and Kaylee is okay with it because she understands that it's going to be and has been a long process. I'm really sorry I don't update often but I have been taking things a day at a time and it does get rough on me! Kaylee is doing really well! Thank all of you guys for everything and even keeping up with the progress of everything! This has taken a big toll on our family and you guys that have been there mean so much! I, personally, am very very thankful for all of your prayers and good wishes for Kaylee and our family!
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