Support For Cecily Bartsch

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Raised by 853 people in 6 months
Created November 20, 2018
As a close family friend of Lynn Bartsch and the Bartsch family, I have created this GoFundMe for Our beloved Cecily, at the urging of (and inquiries from) many friends of the family. Early Sunday morning on November 18, 2018 around 4 am, 16 year old Cecily was sleeping over at a friend’s house in Orinda and a fire erupted. Cecily thankfully escaped. We are heartbroken that her friend did not survive. Cecily is the Miramonte High School teenager you may have heard about and reported in the news who survived the fire, but she was critically injured.

She is unfortunately in Bothin Burn Center in San Francisco, being treated for 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 35% of her body. She is still in critical condition and is expected to be in the hospital for months.

Cecily is a beautiful, sweet, bright, talented, sensitive, and incredibly gifted young girl. Her accomplishments are so impressive. She dreams of changing the world - radically. While many 16 year old girls are worrying about dating and learning to drive, Cecily is intently intellectual with a passion for existential philosophy and French policial rock music. She volunteers and helps disadvantaged and at risk youth in Oakland with their homework. Cecily finds great joy in ballet and studies at Oakland Ballet School. Cecily is a National Latin Scholar and studies the Russian Language. She is feisty and challenges everyone in the logical and moral underpinning of their ideas. That fighting spirit, along with everyone’s prayers and well wishes, is what’s keeping her going right now.

She is a witty jokester and was telling jokes to the EMTs in the ambulance despite being critically injured. She is even joking now through hand signals and scrawled notes since she can’t speak with the breathing tube she needs. She was just about to perform as Louise in this year’s OBS Nutcracker, which was something she had been working hard for for years. A HUGE fan of K-Pop, Cecily is a member of the BTS Army. Cecily absolutely loved seeing them whenever they came to the US.

Any donated amount would help Cecily and the family focus on getting Cecily whatever medical treatment necessary to save and improve her quality of life. If you are unable to donate, we would very much appreciate any prayers or warm thoughts for Cecily and if possible, sharing this link with your family and friends.

On behalf of the Bartsch family, we thank you all for your kind words, prayers, warm thoughts, offers to help, and kindness. We will keep you posted on her progress. Cecily is having the first of potentially six surgeries this morning, November 20th. Your continued prayers are very much appreciated...
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From 2/7:

Hello everyone. I know it's been a long time since my last update. But you'll have to forgive us. Being home is great but it's also really hard and time is at a premium.

Cecily is doing well. She has been getting out a little bit and meeting friends at home. She still has some open wounds but that's to be expected and they are healing. She has a lot of pain at times but she's really very strong. We're trying out a fancy new VR device for pain management. Can't wait to see how that works. Thanks to you know who you are.

We went out clothes shopping the other day and strategized about clothes for her to wear to the ballet. I'm super glad she's excited to get back out there.

Her school teacher comes by and thanks to Ellen Frankel for helping us find a great home teacher.

The ballet school has found a temporary home, thank goodness. Maggie got accepted to Boston, Miami and ABT in NYC for the summer. Pretty sure she'll be going to ABT. She is still struggling, as we all are , with a little PTSD but it gets better every day.

Alec and I are getting back to work full-time ish. And we are going to need to find a new home helper as our beloved Justine seeks new challenges. Justine will always be a part of our family but she needs new adventures and ones that come with health care. We love you Justine!

If I sound like I'm ending these updates, it's because I think they will be very infrequent now if at all. Trying to get back to normal also means not telling the world how we are all the time.

I'm hoping Cecily will update this thread herself one day in the not too distant future to thank you all for all the cards, letters, gifts, thoughts, and prayers. She's still a little overwhelmed thought so not sure when that will be.

We love you all and appreciate all your support so much. I hope the next update is from Cecily. And then maybe the next one is from me saying we went on a family vacation somewhere fun.

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From 1/21:
Well we are home - all of us. I'm exhausted so keeping this short. We came home to balloons, flowers, gifts, cards, and a beautiful banner.
Thank you to everyone for doing all of that!!! It made her feel really good.
We had normalcy tonight. I made dinner, we ate ice cream and watched a movie - a Keanu Reeves movie of course. It was great. It will all go up and down again but tonight felt really awesomely normal. Okay going to bed. More later.
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From 1/19:
I think we are going home on Monday! We won't know for sure until they take her dressings down again, which might be today or might be tomorrow. She will still have open wounds when she goes home because they close and open again for months apparently.
We are all so excited to go home though. Excited and a little nervous about what to expect daily life to be like. I think it will be driving into the city a lot for PT and wound care. At least 3x a week.
My biggest challenge right now is getting a psych team in place for anyone. I've called 9 trauma specialists so far and only one has even called me back. It's super frustrating. How can a trauma specialist hear a message like mine and not even call back? So unprofessional. Anyway, more resources coming.
Cecily is super focused on getting the baby pig when we get home. I think Alec might be feeling a little snookered at being asked to agree on a hospital room. Lol.
The idea of packing up this hospital room is overwhelming. We have really moved in. There's clothes, Nail polish, shampoo,DVDs, books, games, photos, decorations, all the gifts and cards, life size cardboard Keanu, boxes of snacks, blankets, pillows, lots of Apple products, and 32 piggies. I have to give a shout out to my global BTS ARMY family too. They sent 100s of cards, gifts, letters, photo cards and snacks - many handmade- from all over the world. Singapore, Greece, Germany, Malaysia, France, UK, Canada, Scotland, Korea, Japan, China, almost every state in the US, Thailand, Spain, Finland, Lebanon, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some. It's amazing to me that people from all over took the time to send us anything to brighten our day when the only real connection we have is that we love the same music. My ARMY friends will gasp at how understated that is but this is a gp post so.... I
want to thank all of them but many never even signed their cards with more than "Your ARMY family in Singapore," or similar. People can complain about social media all they want but for me it has brought a world together and made my circle a truly global one.
Anyway time to have a good second to last day with access to all the good meds and someone on call 24/7!
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From 1/13:

Well I haven't updated in a while, right? I'm sorry about that. I haven't quite known what to say.

I wish I could say, "Everything has been awesome and she's just doing perfect and we are so psyched to just go home."

But that's not really the update. Overall everything is fine.

It's Sunday morning and I'm watching her twitch slightly in her sleep. Tempted to wake her up and soothe her but she needs to process whatever it is. And who knows she could be jumping for joy in her dreams.

This week was full of ups and downs. She looks great and she's been able to do more and more in PT everyday. She is eating way better - especially ice cream and cookies.

But she is also stating to feel more physical and emotional pain. We had a couple of horrific nights where the nightmares came back. The more she does in PT the more physical pain she has. The more physical pain she has the more intense the emotional pain seems to be present.

We got connected with a peer support person for her. A young woman a year older than her who was in a house fire a few years ago. She came to visit and they talked for about 2 hours. This young lady is a social democrat so she and C had a spirited political debate practically the whole time. It was really good for C and I hope the two become friends.

We are still looking forward to going home around the 21st. Right now just stepping head one day at a time.

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