Julie Poulin Stroke Survivor Fund
For Julie Poulin and Chris Smith, 2014 was to be a year to cherish and fondly remember forever. The Ottawa (Orleans), Ontario couple got engaged the summer before, and were eagerly finalizing plans for their upcoming May 31 wedding. Tragically and without warning, those plans came to an abrupt halt in the early morning of January 26 when Julie suffered a sudden, massive stroke that found the 28-year-old fighting for her young life.
Doctors managed to save Julie by removing a piece of skull that relieved pressure caused by swelling in her brain, but Julie's body suffered paralysis on the entire right side, and she lost the ability to speak. Unable to leave the Elizabeth BruyÃ©re hospital, Julie faces a long and arduous road to recovery. Physical rehabilitation and speech therapy has begun, and surgery to repair her skull awaits.
Chris hasn't left Julie's bedside since the ordeal, but he needs to return to work soon to maintain the home and life the couple share. Chris and Julie are living on a dual income, but with Julie unable to work, Chris is struggling to make ends meet. He's gotten this far by using the money saved for their wedding, which has been postponed to May 30th 2015.
Chris is not the type of person who asks for help; he has always been one of those rare individuals who people turn to for help. This website has been launched to raise money to ease the financial and emotional burden this tragedy has created for Julie and Chris, and their families.
The couple's mounting expenses include:
"¢ Ongoing medical costs for prescriptions and rehabilitation equipment.
"¢ Costs incurred by postponing the wedding...reprinting invitations, save the dates...etc
"¢ The cost of living on one salary while Julie attempts to return to a normal life.
Your assistance is deeply appreciated. In time Julie and Chris, hope to have the wedding they planned for all along.
Cheques can be made out to Chris Smith and mailed to Chris's sister Wendy. Please e-mail Wendy directly to obtain her address information. Wendysmith10"at"hotmail.com
July 2014- CBC Stroke rehab costs mount for Canadian patients, families
Family, friends rally for 28-year-old Ottawa stroke survivor
Click here to read Chris and Julie's story from the Orleans Star
The Julie Poulin Stroke Survivor Fundraiser hosted at Dooly's Ottawa on Sunday May 4th, 2014 raised $11,000+.
The Garage & Bake Sale on Saturday May 3rd raised $1035.00.
Including the website, that's $25,000+ !! Unbelievable!! Thank you all for your continious generouscity for Julie and Chris.
You can read more at http://www.canadianstroke.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Stroke_Young_FINAL.pdf
An update, and most recent milestone in Julie’s recovery was having the portion of her skull replaced and repaired by doctors on December 3rd. Julie’s confidence has improved significantly with this most recent surgery and she is able to commute and get around without wearing the dreaded helmet! Her mobility has improved and her speech is starting to show some more signs of improvement every day.
Julie attends 5 therapy sessions weekly which aren't too far from her home in Orleans. Julie recently celebrated her 29th birthday in November and will be spending time with her family and friends over the holidays.
A few special thanks include:
• Sue Ritonja from NeuroLogic Physiotherapy
• The Acquired Brain Injury program from the City of Ottawa
• The Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
• University of Ottawa therapy program
• Everyone apart of this page, and Julie's recovery, as they have helped change Julie' s life for the better. Julie is forever grateful.
Thank you, and happy holidays everyone!
Julie has been receiving rehabilitation care at Ottawa’s Élisabeth Bruyère Continuing Care. Julie has regained some of the motion back in her right arm and can lift her right hand in the motion of a bicep curl to touch her nose. This was another milestone in recovery for the young 28 year old.
On a weekly basis, Julie participates in the following rehabilitation sessions:
· Occupational Therapy
· Speech Therapy
Julie has benefited tremendously from these therapies and treatments, but she is not covered financially for them for much longer. Treatments run at about $70.00 a session, and Julie requires at least 1 session of each type of therapy per week. An expense of over $300+ a week will be challenging for them, as Julie is unable to work, and Chris’s pay cheque is already keeping up with mortgage and daily fixed expenses.
The Julie Poulin Stroke Survivor Fund is very appreciative of all the people and businesses that have donated to the fund. We welcome you to continue to share this website through your Facebook & Twitter or other social media. Every dollar raised helps and goes towards this deserving couple.
Tune into CBC Ottawa tonight at 6pm to watch the story live. You can also visit this link where the video and article will be posted online.
We appreciate reporter Kristy Kirkup, for playing such an integral role for stroke awareness. We cannot thank her enough.
We are graciously still accepting contributions through our Go Fund Me Website as it was launched to raise money to ease the financial and emotional burden during this difficult time for Julie, Chris and their families.
Thank you so much,
The Julie Poulin Stroke Survivor Fund
I would like to start by thanking the staff at the Civic Hospital for saving the love of my life, and also the staff at Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital for the excellent care they are providing to my fiancé on a daily basis. Julie could not have made it through this difficult time without the support of both of our families. Especially Julie's parents Pierre and Sylvie who have been there every step of the way. To my sister Wendy Stratton and our friend Lisa Barker, you have been especially helpful throughout this whole ordeal by using your many talents in the fundraising efforts and providing emotional support to the both of us. I wasn't sure how Julie would react to the fundraising efforts so I waited a few days to show her the website. She shed many emotional tears while reading everyone’s messages, and kept pointing to her chest and asking "Me?" She couldn't believe that our community, all of her family and friends and even strangers were coming together to support her. I explained to Julie what an amazing person she is and when someone is feeling down, she always goes out of her way to lift their spirits. In my mind, she is very deserving of all the support we have been receiving. Julie is an amazing woman, I consider myself very lucky to have her in my life. This is only the beginning of our healing process as we still have a very long way to go. Knowing that we have all the support everyone has shown is making the process a little easier every day. Julie and I can't thank everyone enough for all of the help and support you have given us. We have no doubt that Julie will recover from this stroke with a lot of time, effort, love, and support. Chris
Julie, I wish you and your partner strength in the days ahead. With determination you will get better, believe me. The brain through neuroplasticity can rewire itself. Its just takes time and rehab. I have a very good wheelchair that tilts back that I may be able to give away. My late Mom used it after her stroke and I think you would benefit from it. Please let me know. David Globerman Ottawa TEL: (613) 733-2455
My partner Rob Wein is a traumatic brain injury survivor from the Kanata cycling accident. We know what you are going through and I know first hand what it takes to get through something like this. Please reach out if you need anything.
Get better soon Julie. Love you both xoxoxo