Disabled Lady's Home Burned Down, Lost Everything.

$1,220 of $10k goal

Raised by 18 people in 54 months
Barbara Leah Foley-Toth  BEN LOMOND, CA

 On March 17, my home exploded into flames with me trapped inside (I am disabled, wheelchair-bound and couldn't get out the doors without help).  If it were not for the heroic actions of my neighbors, Carol and Kevin, I would not be here posting this right now.  He kicked in the door and dragged me out in the nick of time.  I had already gone unconscious and was lying on the floor, and unresponsive.  Holding his breath, and the place pitch black with the smoke, he went in and found me, dragged me out by the arms and saved my life.  My neighbor Carol, helped him tear off the door jam and was the one who told him I was trapped inside.  I was transported by helicopter to Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA, where I was in ICU on life support for 6 days.  When I awoke, I was then made aware than all had been lost in the fire.  I had JUST gotten a power chair, to enable me to finally be able to get around on my own.  Gone.  All my clothing, household goods, television, computer, everything I had worked so hard for through my working years, gone.  But, I still have my life, thanks to Kevin and Carol and their amazing acts of bravery.  They put their lives on the line, to save mine, and I am grateful beyond words.  I am 56 yrs old, crippled, confined to my wheelchair for life, and must also deal with issues stemming from having Lupus.  But, again, I am still here.  I take nothing for granted and never will again.  But, I admit I am scared.  It's a very scary thing to have to start all over, from nothing, at this stage of my life, with disabilities on top of it all.  It is hard for me to ask people for help, for I have a lot of pride.  But, I am now in a position where I have no other choice.  I have nothing left.  My husband, from whom I've been separated for the past two yrs, had to go buy me some underwear and a nightgown to leave the hospital in to come stay with my son.  The only  pieces of clothing left were what was in the laundry that had been taken out the week before the fire, which consists of two pairs of undies and a muu muu dress.  That is literally all I have left.  I need help to fund renting a new home, replacing my clothing, kitchenware, furniture, tv, a used power chair (I don't need a brand new one-just one that works I would be grateful for), and everything else one needs to live.  Any help, will be deeply appreciated.  Thank you, in advance, for your care and support. *I must find a home asap, for my son's place is just not a safe place for me to be all day by myself.  It's too difficult to get around in, in my wheelchair, and I can't get in or out of the house.  I'm terrified.  If you would like to view the video my son did walking through the house after the fire, here is the link:: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0FAVQw-Cwo  Please, either turn off the audio or excuse his language, as he was very upset while he narrated and used some words I consider inappropriate.  My thanks to all.

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Update 17
52 months ago

still dont have working keyboard so pls xcuse being so short. Duckfeet, I thank you again most deeply-you amaze me in all the love and care you give. This one gets me shoes and undies, which I've been without too long. really know who real friends are and who truly cares. thank you so, so much. More when puter is fixed.
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Update 16
53 months ago

Here is the video that son Jojo made, walking through my house after the fire. Please excuse his language, at times. He was obviously very upset, seeing the aftermath of what his mother was pulled out of.
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Update 15
53 months ago

Son Jojo and his dad have been working up at the new house all weekend putting in ramps for my wheelchair, and a zillion other things to make it more comfortable and accessable for me, but still can't move in yet because I have no furniture or anything else to make it livable yet. All the funds from this fundraiser have gone into the landlord's hands and have bought me two changes of clothes so I can at least leave the house for appts and such without having to wear that same darn muu muu again! My love and thanks to all who have made this possible for me. You are in my heart and thoughts each and every moment, of every day.
Bright Blessings to All,
Barbara Leah
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Update 14
53 months ago

Duckfeet, you absolutely amaze me. Like I've said before, you always seem to pop up when I need ya the most. The truest, of true friends, ya are. Thank you also, for the post you did at our home base. Meant the world to me, and, gave others a view into the window of what life is like for me. I try not to complain much (my mama always said to count your blessings, not your complaints...she was a smart lady:), but darnit, living out of a wheelchair and being stuck on a bed or sofa (I had a sofa but that's now gone from the blaze), doesn't make things any easier, that's for sure. I had just gotten to a place where I was finally starting to adjust, when this happened. So, here I am starting all over again, this time from a wheelchair and having to depend on others for help. Thank you for letting others know what you know about me. You have no idea just how much that means to me, so now I hope you do. From the deepest place in my heart, my thanks, eternal. You are one of those blessings I count each day. Good news: the house passed inspection! I still have to get the deposit together and the things I need to actually start living there, but at least I know I have a home. Whew!!! More as soon as I can sit up longer. Again, my heartfelt thanks, and a grand good night to you.

Barbara Leah

PS: Duckfeet, your donations are going toward the deposit on the house, and clothes. Not one cent is being wasted. It's ALL going toward getting my life back, and maybe even better than before:)
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Ami Barker
20 months ago

Barbara leah!!!!! Ive been thinking of you, please call me 4152617166 love you miss you CALL ME :)

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Barbara Foley-Toth
54 months ago

I was absolutely stunned when I awoke this morning to find that donations are already coming in. I have been feeling pretty hopeless, but the kindness and generosity of my donors have completely turned "hopeless", into "HOPE". This alone, is priceless to me, and my gratitude is so deeply felt it is beyond mere words. I will never be able to thank you enough, for all the help and support you have shown me. You, are instrumental in giving me the ability to pick up the pieces and go forward, to rebuild my life again from the ground, up. I am very tired, and my lungs hurt, but I'm getting a bit stronger with each new day. I'm having some pretty severe post-traumatic stress symptoms, but that's to be expected and I am seeking help. I know that in time, with help, I will get past this. It is people like you, that are giving me the strength and will to keep going, no matter how hard it may be on some days. I WILL get my life back! My faith in humanity, too, has been complete

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$1,220 of $10k goal

Raised by 18 people in 54 months
Created March 28, 2012
Barbara Leah Foley-Toth  
LR
$30
Linda Rosewood
38 months ago
D
$25
duckfeet
52 months ago

:)

D
$50
duckfeet
53 months ago

Hang in there, kiddo...can only get better from here on out...

D
$50
duckfeet
53 months ago

You'll always be a feisty Irish Tar to me, my friend :)

C
$50
Christian
54 months ago

So sorry to hear the news - but wonderful that you are safe. Best of luck getting through this. Thinking of you.

SG
$50
Sara Griefer
54 months ago

Praying for you

K
$100
Karen
54 months ago

Best of luck.

J
$150
Jane
54 months ago

Best of luck with everything. Wishing you well.

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Anonymous
54 months ago
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$100
flowergirl
54 months ago

My best to you, Boudica. xoxo flowergirl

Ami Barker
20 months ago

Barbara leah!!!!! Ive been thinking of you, please call me 4152617166 love you miss you CALL ME :)

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Barbara Foley-Toth
54 months ago

I was absolutely stunned when I awoke this morning to find that donations are already coming in. I have been feeling pretty hopeless, but the kindness and generosity of my donors have completely turned "hopeless", into "HOPE". This alone, is priceless to me, and my gratitude is so deeply felt it is beyond mere words. I will never be able to thank you enough, for all the help and support you have shown me. You, are instrumental in giving me the ability to pick up the pieces and go forward, to rebuild my life again from the ground, up. I am very tired, and my lungs hurt, but I'm getting a bit stronger with each new day. I'm having some pretty severe post-traumatic stress symptoms, but that's to be expected and I am seeking help. I know that in time, with help, I will get past this. It is people like you, that are giving me the strength and will to keep going, no matter how hard it may be on some days. I WILL get my life back! My faith in humanity, too, has been complete

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