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3 years ago, my husband and I came to understand the significance of the mental health problems in Australia and so made the decision to found the Sam Project. We sold everything we owned including the family farm to fund this project. We built an expedition truck and set off to attempt every day to make a difference to the people we met, providing at no cost mental health education presentations to school children and their parents and communities at large. In that time we have travelled in excess of 60,000 kilometres and spoken to 10s of thousands of people. 23 days ago, Scott was rushed to a hospital in Brisbane where he was diagnosed with a golden staph infection in the hip; the infection had poisoned his blood which is a life threatening disease called septicaemia. The staph ate away Scott’s cartilage in the hip so when Scott finally gets well enough, he will require a hip replacement. In the process of lying in bed in agony for weeks without movement, Scott has also developed an extensive DVT (blood clot) running from his abdomen to his ankle that requires life long management. Whilst we are taking things one step at a time the plan is that as soon as Scott is able to move his legs without assistance, we will move from this hospital to the nearby rehab clinic, so that the road to full recovery can commence. Current and on-going costs include a number of echocardiograms, CT scans, MRI, ultra sounds, two surgeries, numerous specialists, Scotts rehab, accommodation in Brisbane, flights to Sydney, storage for our truck, on-going medical checks, hip replacement, clot management etc. We are forever hopeful that we will be back doing our needed work as early as possible in 2019. Sadly, theses medical costs will have a significant impact on our Sam Project budget. We have put aside our pride in the interests of the Sam Project and decided to follow the suggestion to start a Gofundme campaign. Any funds raised beyond our medical bills will be put towards the Sam Project. From the bottom of our heart thank you for what you can give to help us get back on the road doing what we are passionate about, making a difference to the future of all, especially the young, Australians. Every little bit counts.
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Hello beautiful people, so much has happened since our last update, so we thought we would give you a heads up.

Just after our last post, we had only just been back on the road making our way down to Tasmania when Scott‘s mum passed away. Thelma was 97 years of age and, apart from the last few months, lived at home. We had just got Sam, our truck, across Bass Strait to Tassie and so we flew back to Sydney for her funeral and the celebration of her life. We then went back to Tassie but after a couple of weeks, my mum had a bad fall and had to undergo two surgeries so I flew back to Paris to help her get through the first couple of weeks in hospital and the entry into the rehab clinic.

While this was all going on, we had to put Scott’s mums home up for sale and it sold at auction on the 6th of April. Needless to say this has been an incredibly emotional and busy couple of months, full of unexpected turns of events; not quite the rest and recovery we were hoping for after what Scott had gone through. But as we do, we just tackled them all as they presented themselves and we are now enjoying some "us time" in Fiji, a long time planned trip to celebrate my 50th birthday.

Regarding Scott’s health, I would have liked so much to be able to tell you everything was fine and last year was just a bad memory but sadly, despite the physio and daily hard work, Scott’s hip is actually getting worse and he hasn’t been able to walk without a crutch. This is due to the golden staph infection eating the cartilage in the hip. The decision has now been made to head towards a hip placement sometime this year. Scott’s blood tests are now all good and showing no sign of golden staph infection; however the extensive blood clot has still not dissolved, which makes the prospect of surgery more complex, If not impossible for the time being, as Scott has to take some strong blood thinners.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you again for your incredibly generous donation, it brought so much gratitude and support into our lives at a time when we were both very low. All your donations have gone towards Scotts medical expenses and have certainly helped us bear the burden of the overall costs.

We will make sure to keep you posted on Scotts progresses and how the hip placement goes; hopefully this will just be a smooth process with full recovery.

With love and gratitude
Scott and Florence.
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Dear all,
On the road again! We are in Narooma on the NSW South Coast and opening our cafe for the first time since our world collapsed last year was very emotional for us.
3 months ago, when Scott was fighting for his life, I would never have thought we would be standing in the sunshine making coffee and chatting to people like we did this weekend. I didn’t even know if we would ever be able to live in Sam and get back on the road to be honest.
So here is to a beautiful morning, to doing what we love and to the power of love (ours and yours) that got us there
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Dear friends,

Quick update as we attack our 5th week in Sydney. Scott has done 80% of the work and the remaining 20% could take 6 months. At this moment, he is still limping and walking with a crutch and still has an extensive blood clot in his leg. The prognosis though is that with all the hard work he is putting in, he will hopefully get back to full mobility and eventually walk without a limp.

Since we arrived in Sydney, we have had countless follow-up medical tests, various specialist appointments and many physiotherapy sessions, all of which we will need to continue for many months to come, but we have decided to get back on the road fulfilling our Sam Project mission to help with the mental health issue, so we are leaving Sydney on the 2nd of February heading south to our happy place, Tasmania.

One of our challenges is that in addition to his daily rehab routine exercises, Scott still needs to see a physio three times a week and this is not going to be an easy thing while we are constantly on the move. But where there is a will, there is a way and Scott wouldn’t have gone through the last 3 1/2 months of constant pain without a word of complaint if he did not have a truckload of it.

Thank you for your love and on-going support to both of us. We will be in touch again as we start our journey down the south coast of NSW. If you know any good physio on the way, please let us know!
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We did it!!!
We knew it was not good for our soul to stay in this rental apartment in Brisbane for much longer and that Scott’s mum’s house in Sydney would be the best place for him to continue his recovery, so Scott put his brave face on and we flew back to Sydney yesterday.

A big thanks to Jetstar for the incredible care along the way, from the wheelchair to the aircraft lift but also organising a free seat near Scott for extra legroom. The flight was full but they loved Scott so much they just made it happen (hopefully without having to kick someone out!).

So here we are, exhausted but happy to be back close to our friends and family. Scott’s mum’s home is in the inner west but we crossed the bridge over to Manly today for our first doctor’s appointment and blood tests so we could smell the ocean.
Welcome home Scott and thank you so much you all beautiful people for your on-going support and kind donations. Our world is a much better place with you all in it xx
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