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 - First off, I would like to apologise for not updating in so long! Since Kaylee got back from rehab, we've had some hard times. I'm updating now because things have calmed down quite a bit! We have had many obstacles. But now Kaylee is back on a good track. Better than before. She has realized more things. In my opinion, I think her brain finally has come to more terms of her being blind than I had thought before. She has been struggling with her thoughts but I think she is better. In saying that, I know there will be downs. DSS came to our house because her daughter's father was in rehab and was looking to put more responsibility on Kaylee as far as supporting her. As soon as they showed up, we applied for her daughter's health insurance and I, personally sent money to the woman that the father took her to. So, as of right now, Kaylee is being looked at to help financially take care of her daughter more so than the father. I do want you guys to know that I offered many times to her daughter's father to provide anything Kaylee's daughter needed but was refused. If it wasn't actual money, then I wasn't allowed to help! Kaylee's daughter's father is now living and working in Greenville SC, which is an hour away. Kaylee has been making a lot of progress because I have insisted she do more things on her own. She has made many phone calls...of which I was doing... and she made her therapy appointment and is in contact, herself, with The South Carolina Commission For The Blind. I have had to let go and do this for her benefit. It has been hard but I have to do it! And she is responsible very well to it because she knows when I am done! She has to become independent and if she can do the things she has done in the past several weeks, then she needs to start learning on her own! This is my way of showing her my love even though it's been so hard... considering what we've been through lately! She's not on drugs or anything like that! It's her mindset and figuring out what is good and safe for her. I hope and pray that her progress will continue. Her next surgery is October 22nd. Then she goes for assessment in Columbia to see how long she has to be in blind school. As well as learning how to parent being blind! There are many more details but this is a brief description of what we have been going through. I just wanted to let you guys know that I wanted to update but I literally could not! I ask that you please continue to pray for Kaylee and our family! Kaylee still wants and desires to help others but I can honestly say she can't do that until she is okay! We appreciate everything and your patience! It's been very difficult!
Romans 8:31 - What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
I am attaching an article that was written in a magazine in Africa that I had talked to the writer several months ago! Thank you again!
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Just wanted to give a quick update on Kaylee! She is doing really well and has bounced back so well from the recent events! She's trying now to go ahead and do her 2 week assessment in Columbia to see how long she needs to be in Blind School instead of waiting until after her surgery on October 22nd. We've had a very lengthy discussion and I advised her to try and get things moving a little faster. I am having her do most of this because she craves her independence and this is part of it! Thank all of you guys for everything and always checking on Kaylee! Please continue to pray for our family!
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I forgot to let you know that her child has been with a very credible woman that is a lawyer because her ex boyfriend dropped her off and left her there! I tried to edit but I couldn't! Thank you guys again!
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I have not been able to update until now. So sorry! There has been quite a bit going on. Kaylee got back from rehab on September 7th, Friday. She was great! Although, I think the rehab center gave her a little more independence than she could handle in her situation. They empowered her as a sighted person! It was a state funded facility, of which I did not know. I talked to her a few times while she was there and she said most of the people there were court ordered. I had no idea! Anyways, she wasn't even home for 2 hours and everything fell apart. This will be new information I will be letting you guys know. I have kept it out of her story for a reason but now I feel you guys should know. Kaylee does have a 2 year old little girl with her ex boyfriend. I am trying to help you have all details so you can understand. Her little girls dad has had her since all this has happened. So, Kaylee called him to check on her. That is the absolute only reason his number would have ever been allowed in her phone because he is the one that she was in a very toxic relationship with and caused her to have the mental breakdown to begin with. Her little girl has been well taken care of by a few very good people when he was working and visited us and even spent the night several times. It's just been hard for me because I am taking care of Kaylee and with a 2 year old it's just not feasible. After Kaylee calling him to check on her little girl, he proceeded to tell her he lost his job, was homeless, no car and no money. So, Kaylee, of course being herself, wanted to help him. He ended up getting a room at a very bad motel that is known for drugs, fugitives, etc...so, Sunday night, Kaylee walked downstairs all ready to go somewhere and had called a taxi for herself. Long story short...she ended up at that motel with him. I had to fight endlessly, reach out to law enforcement and the community to get her back home! Absolutely nothing worked! Law enforcement couldn't do anything because she is 20 even though she is disabled and blind going into a dangerous situation. I have a family member that is in the federal branch of law enforcement so I called them! This person called the local law enforcement people, a friend, and found out what I needed to do to have her picked up on a mental hold. Meanwhile, I had done everything possible to get her back home. So, I went to mental health...they gave me the pick up order...took it to probate court...then local police. They picked her up and took her to the hospital to be evaluated. Before they took her, the officer ran her ID and she had a warrant from May of 2017. So, the hospital called me and said she "said" she was not homicidal or suicidal so they would not keep her. They were just going to let her leave....BLIND AND WITHOUT HER CANE! I had many words with the Dr! So, in order to keep her safe, I called in her warrant. They were supposed to take her into custody if released but just left her there. Knowing this, I called the local police where the warrant was and told them to go pick her up! Then I had to call the hospital and abruptly tell them she was not to be released to anyone except for the police! And this was a day before the hurricane was coming directly in our path. Next day, an officer called me and she had a bond hearing and said if I paid her fine, they would release her because they had no special accommodation for anyone blind. I told the officer that I would only pay it if she came home. She called me back and said Kaylee would come home. The ex boyfriend put himself into a local religious 90 day program. I hope he gets the help he desperately needs. A lot more than I can explain here! But, he can check himself out at any time. There are a lot more details...just too many to type! Kaylee felt she needed to help him and prayed that if it was not God's will for her to be with him, then that's what she wanted! She is back home now, after quite a bit of damage that was caused. Since she walked out the door and safety of being home I have told her I will no longer talk to anyone on her behalf to take care of things for her. She has been talking to The Commission herself and her therapist, etc. I have had to really dig deep and love her with the toughest love I could muster! Everything is much better but we are still on edge because he had said some things to Kaylee that puts us in danger! So much, she wants to move! If anyone has any questions, because I know this is a lot, please feel free to email me. I understand it can become confusing. I felt I needed to let you guys know because you have been so faithful and kind! It has been a set back and I hope and pray we move forward from this catastrophe! Any questions, please let me know! Thank you guys again! Also, I would have updated sooner but I mentally and physically have not been able to. This has taken a lot out of me! Please continue to pray for our family! Sincerely, Katy
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