Help Gwen’s Next Steps

$1,740 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 8 months
Created April 4, 2018
Gwen really needs our help to take her next steps. She is currently residing in a nursing home with a partial leg amputation and a toe now missing from her other foot, with potentially more to be removed. She cannot go home as she has stairs she cannot climb, and because she is unable to tend to her bus company, her landlord is threatening a potential eviction.

A few months ago, Gwen had stepped on a piece of glass which stuck perfectly in her shoe. With diabetes and neuropathy, the glass in her foot went unnoticed until it was severely infected. Home care was setup to help with her foot and recovery. With holidays and missed days of care, and after being very ill for many days, the infection spread, requiring the lower part of her leg to be amputated. During this recovery she broke her other ankle and that foot is now infected due to a vibrating foot bath (please be careful using them or consider throwing them out) and now with one toe now removed due to infection to the bone.  She is not even close to being in the clear.

Those who know our cousin Gwen are aware that she has already survived crazy intermittent blood pressure and dizziness, which lead to her finding out she needed a stint in her heart (being on the verge of a heart attack). She has also survived kidney cancer. Additionally, she experienced twelve years of compromised vision leading to catarac surgery now being diagnosed with glaucoma. She has a gall bladder that needs to be removed, but she has not been well enough to have this surgery. Up to five expert physicians have been unable to identify the root cause of all of Gwen’s health issues.

We have always known and counted on Gwen as the 'Helper'. Now, aside from prayers and lots of love, Gwen could use ‘our’ help financially. She is fighting for health coverage and growing medical bills. She will need to make many modifications to her home to accommodate her new normal, and she will need ongoing care for an undetermined amount of time. She is also in danger of losing her business.

Please consider donating any amount. Please do not hesitate to share Gwen’s story and our plea for help.

God bless you, and thank you for your generosity and for your caring.

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Update for Gwen! She is not out of the woods yet, but Gwen is back home and out of the nursing home. Now begins the long and expensive journey of modifying house and life to Gwen's new normal. Thanks to Aunt Mary Elaine for the loan of her second van and for Rick's ceaseless care. Not many of us can know or realize how challenging it is to get around (even to the bathroom) missing a portion of your leg and a toe from the other, and this is in addition to everything Gwen was already encountering before any of this happened. Gwen is tough, but even the strong need help sometimes. We are off to a great start and have raised a portion of our fundraising goal. If you want to donate but haven't been able to yet, it is not too late.

With words from Gwen herself, "A simple thank you just doesn't do justice to those of you who have donated. My insurance covered a wheelchair when I left the nursing home, but of course it would not fit through the doorways. I then purchased a transport chair, which goes through the doorways, but it has to be pushed by someone else, as it's wheels are not big enough for me to maneuver on my own. I just happened to find a go-go scooter on Facebook for sale, and Rick and I went to look at it. It was like new, and ... because some very special friends, family, and friends of family ... gave gifts of love and caring, I was able to purchase the scooter, which is the best thing ever! I can get on it from my beside and get through every doorway (with a helper to open the door) and all the way out of the house and back. I was also able to buy a commode, gloves, bed pads, diapers, sheets, wound care items, clothes I can get on by myself, and other items. Thank you all for caring and for sending your love through your donations. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. Your graciousness and compassion does not go unnoticed or unappreciated."

God bless you, as we continue to include Gwen and Rick in our prayers.
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Unfortunate update! Gwen just found out that her bus company has been evicted from their current location as of June 1. More updates to follow.
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Update on Gwen's Next Steps! We have added a video slideshow with more pictures of Gwen's journey. She is being treated and monitored for infection in her other foot and is still at the nursing home. As of today (April 17) we are blessed to have raised $1,260 of our $10,000 goal. Thank you to everyone who has already donated!!! Please consider donating and sharing Gwen's story.
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$1,740 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 8 months
Created April 4, 2018
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Kathe Schmitz
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