Kaylee's Story

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Hello, I'm Kaylee's mother. My daughter was involved in a tragic incident that has left her permantently blind. We have started a GoFundMe to rasie funds to get her a service dog. Like so many, she fell victim to the dangerous reality of methamphetamine. As we prepare for the long road to getting her situated in her new life we are asking for your help. The journey will no doubt require many things to allow her to live a full life. But If Kaylee's story can help just one person, something good can come of this tragedy in our family. We are truly grateful for all the prayers and help we've received thus far and ask that you give whatever you can and continue to pray for us. The sooner we can provide Kaylee with a service dog, the sooner we can help her get back on her feet. God Bless.
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Kaylee's Update - I apologise for not updating as often as I should but it's been a pretty rough month. But now it's getting closer to Kaylee starting her new journey. She has been pretty down the past few weeks. She has had many different emotions coming out. She finally came to me yesterday and started talking about it. She said, "Mom, I think my body and mind are forcing me to realize that I'm not going to see anymore!" I knew that was what it was just from being with her all the time, but it still broke my heart because I knew that time would come. Even though she is very strong and fights really hard, her mind is taking over and forcing her to actually be blind and survive blind. She said it's hard to explain but when she moves around it's like she's trying to see what's around her but her mind is giving her feelings and warnings. So I'm not sure if she has totally accepted it, but her mind is making her. The past few weeks have been very challenging for us because of so many lows but I keep looking to what's ahead. I always tell Kaylee what's ahead. Good things. A good life for her. So many details to explain here but there are a lot of them! Not long until first surgery...July 3rd! So that's a good thing. I just wanted everyone to know it's been taking her these few weeks to realize what her mind is doing... actually helping her in ways she doesn't understand...and a lot of emotions have come out! God knew what He was doing when he made the brain because I'm amazed at how it's taking over Kaylee's thoughts and helping her heal... really, forcing her to survive! Thank all of you guys for being patient with me but it's been rough lately. I'm just thankful Kaylee has come to accept and move on to better! Thank you for everything from our hearts
Psalms 136:1 - O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
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Kaylees' Update - Sorry I haven't been updating as much. Things have been offset somewhat lately. We have been put in a small holding pattern because of the the drug rehabilitation waiting list. The woman that has been there since day 1 from the Commission for the Blind came over the other day to give me the packet for the rehab center. She said they are taking some of the staff and training them with the Commission for the Blind especially for Kaylee. She will be the only blind person there and they have never had to do this before so it's taking longer than anyone of us thought. They have been working so hard to make sure she gets the right care so she can move on. They have been absolutely wonderful! But stuck in this holding pattern is very stressful at times. Kaylee is ready to go and move forward. She has always been like that anyways but being blind makes it more difficult. If she's doesn't stay busy while her mind is still healing, she gets very scared and frustrated. I explain to her...it's a process, but she just wants to go forward. So, her surgeries start July 3rd. Starting then will be 6 weeks until she can go into rehab. So we just have to get over this "hump of time" then things will move much quicker. Rehab, then blind school, diploma and college. She will still be continuously trained with orientation and mobility with her cane. I just ask please, that you pray for her mind and for her to be able to get through this passage of time easily until she can start moving forward and feel better! It's a lot more detailed than this but just know it is not easy right now. Thank you guys for everything... generosity, prayers, thoughts..just everything! I try to keep updates but at times I literally can't. Thank you again, sincerly Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” I attached 2 photos of Kaylee at the park just trying to relearn how to do things blind...of course she climbs the monkey bars!
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Kaylees'Update - We've been having a rough go at it for a few days now. Between having to re explain everything and Kaylee having to wait for rehab has been somewhat stressful on the both of us. Now, her surgeries will happen before the 4 weeks of drug rehabilitation. So it seems to be ever changing for us. Kaylee just wants to get her life moving forward and with her strong determination, slowing her down is not a good thing. She's ready to get the physical aspect of the surgeries for her eyes finished and eager to get to blind school! Like I have continuously said.....one day at a time! Sometimes, I find myself going 1 hour at a time. I have a little story that touches my heart so much! It may not be a big deal to others, but it was huge for us. Yesterday, Kaylee was tired because her sleep schedule is kind of messed up and she had been on the phone for a very long time with someone. Of course, I tell her she needs to get off the phone and sleep but she tends to be very stubborn at times. We both had a bad day and Kaylee had been saying she just wanted a "friend!" At this point, all the people (in physical form) that had said they would be here for her have not. So it's basically been just me and her. By evening time yesterday we were leaving to go get ice cream and do some errands and we heard a kitty crying. I thought it had been ran over and was in pain. I searched everywhere thinking, omg...I have to get it to the animal hospital! Kaylee stayed on our front porch listening, as she does very well, and I was searching in the street and ditches. She said "it's here mom!" It was like a 4 month old black kitten someone had just dropped off and left. It was very skinny and you could tell it was very hungry! So we collared it...put a little message in a bottle on the collar with our name and phone number in it! I said to Kaylee "Well, God gave you a friend!" She was ecstatic! So now we have adopted an outside pet! Her name is KiKi... because it sounds like kitty kitty! It just reminds me that small things that may not mean anything to anyone else, mean the world to someone else! In saying this, those who do not know Kaylee personally, she has been the rescuer of animals since grade school! And still is! It was a wonderful blessing to us! She's outside with her now talking to her and playing with her. The kitten absolutely loves Kaylee! I just thought I would share that! Something good! Thank all of you guys for all of your thoughts and prayers and being there for us, always! ❤️ Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
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Kaylees'Update - I have been in an extremely emotional state the past few days. So many questions are being raised as far as Kaylee's GoFundMe campaign. I am going to try and clear some of this up so it can be made a little more clear. First of all, Kaylee just isn't or become "blind"! Her situation is completely different than most of the blind community. I have had several blind people telling me what I need to do. First off, her situation is so rare that the South Carolina Commission for the Blind has NEVER delt with someone who has lost their sight due to drugs. They have had to add a provision in her treatment that her first step is to go to a drug rehabilitation facility before they can start helping her. As of right now, she has been put on a waiting list, which is frustrating but I understand! She also has to continue with her physciatrist and therapist for treatment of her Bipolar disorder (mental Illness). Her situation is not a "typical" loosing her sight situation. Normally people are born blind, slowly loose their sight, have a disease that causes loss of sight....Kaylee went "immediately blind because of drugs"! Let me get the timeline straight for all of you that don't t know. We have tried to do this through media to help other people but it seems there is still a lack of understanding of what happened to Kaylee. Beginning-Kaylee was in school and was working but became diagnosed with a heart arythmia. That was affecting her 4.2 GPA so she stopped school and was going to return. She continued working and at a place she worked, met a guy. They became boyfriend and girlfriend. This is when she decided to move in with him and out of my house. She was 17. In South Carolina a child can legally leave home at 17. I begged her many times to come back home but she refused. She was "in love"! So, nothing I could do. This relationship was continuing to go downhill. About 1 1/2 years into the relationship, I noticed a severe change in her mental state! I became very worried. Last June, someone gave her "a bowl" of marijuana. It was laced with the initial dose of methamphetamine....WITHOUT HER KNOWLEDGE! This is very important because people keep saying"she made the choice to do it"! She did not! Once she got that feeling, she knew to get away from this person. A few months later, her mental state was still in a very bad condition and someone"offered" her methamphetamine. That is when she willingly said yes! Because she had already been "dosed" with it before, she had remembered the feeling. That is how low she got! From the end of November or beginning of December is when this drug took her. She became addicted. She did not "want" to be and tried her best to quit but could not! Her final "tainted" dose is what caused her to take her eyes out! I cannot even comprehend it myself. So, that is a brief description of her past situation. We have been trying to help people because of the destruction it caused Kaylee and our family because it has been a literal nightmare, to say the least! As far as the GoFundMe account, my oldest daughter started that when Kaylee was in the hospital because our family wanted to make sure she could get a seeing eye dog because she got some information that it could be a lengthy process. Mind you, no one in our family has ever had to deal with the situation of one of us going blind in an instant! So my oldest daughter and I started researching...me, as much as I could because I was at the hospital with Kaylee for a month. Upon Kaylee's arrival at home, I started the process of keeping in touch with the South Carolina Commission for the Blind and continue to be now and will be until Kaylee becomes independent! Her mobility and orientation specialist has been coming and training her with her cane. She told me Kaylee would not be denied a dog. And I asked her...."even though drugs were involved"? She seemed to think so but told me to start researching the accredited ones and recommended the one in Florida. So I did. But Kaylee cannot actually apply until she has completed drug rehab and finished her mobility training. For someone that has not became blind because of mental illness and drugs, it is easy to get a low cost seeing eye dog. The application process for each individual place has their own rules. And you have to meet very intriquite requirements. So the one in Florida has disqualified her because she is Bipolar. 2 of the others I looked at require a lengthy phsyciatric report. I am trying to be proactive in making sure Kaylee can get a seeing eye dog. And so was and is my oldest daughter. She plans on going to blind school, getting her diploma and going to college to be in the field of Marine Biology. To me, I think that is a very positive outlook for her because her mobility specialist said that it would have been highly possible that she became very depressed from this situation. But she will not give up. She's trying her best to go back to who she was and follow her goals. This is America and I think that we all have that opportunity! I commend her for staying strong and keeping what happened to her as a positive to pursue a good life. To answer the question of why the goal was raised in the GoFundMe account...she was supposed to get SSI until her disability starting coming in September. She was denied because of the GoFundMe me account. My husband works in a factory. We are not wealthy people by no means. I raised the goal because of being denied SSI. Me and my husband completely support/finacial Kaylee. It is there for people who understand and care and want to give out of the generosity of their hearts. It is their for everything that involves Kaylee's needs in life now, tomorrow and so on. So my bottom line is....Kaylee is not "guaranteed" a free or low cost seeing eye dog and our family is trying our best to see that her needs are met and she can eventually get one so she can become an independent blind woman and a speaker of what she has been through to help others! If anyone has any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me! I welcome it! And to all that have donated to help our family, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! I thought by going through the media and sharing her story would answer most of these questions but it hasn't! If you have read this, I appreciate you taking your time to do so. And again....thank you to all that have helped and sent sincere wishes to our family! I have attached an image and a link if anyone is interested in checking what I have said! http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/309633/Southeastern-Guide-Dogs-Guide-Dog-Application
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