CHIVE ON MELISSA
Melissa has been having a hard time lately. For the last 8 months, she has spent almost every day in the hospital, and very few in her new, fully-adapted home built for her with love by Chive Nation.
A couple months ago, she was put on life support after falling ill with serious lung infections and double pneumonia. She battled a life-threatening infection called Sepsis which is being treated with high doses of antibiotics. She has a hematoma on her wrist and 2 weeks ago, she was diagnosed with Chron's disease on top of everything else.
Lastly, and worst of all, because of all the time her house has been left unoccupied while Melissa fights for her life in the hospital, she was recently robbed.
Someone broke into her home while she wasn't there and stole her laptop. In an instant, years of memories vanished. Her nephews growing up, her triumphs over cancer... the day we surprised her with a new home. All gone.
It's been a really difficult year for Chive Nation's sweetheart, but as history can attest, Melissa Smith is stronger than anything that happens to her.
Keep her in your thoughts; give her the positive energy she needs to get better.
And if you can, donate a couple dollars so Melissa can replace her computer.
I have fallen into a dark place this year but I thank my family, friends, Chivers, all the people I've met through Facebook and we have daily conversations. I am so blessed in that sense. And listen guys, I will be replying to every message as soon as I can- I'll do a lot from my phone this evening. I LOVE you all. It's so good to feel wrapped up in love through all the ugly we have going on in this world currently. All the love I posses.. Melissa ❤️
I spent quite a while in that situation and had PT and OT and I am still working on getting stronger because I've been back in the hospital 4x since then with pneumonias, sepsis and now chrons and the list goes on so, I've had a hard time trying to stay "positive" I feel that I've lost my sparkle and started to isolate quite a bit because usually in the summers I am a bit healthier and get to do more, this year, I've done nothing except hang around the hospital face timing my nephews and David Cosner and checking in on Facebook. It trying very hard not to be a burden to anyone.
Anyway, waking up this morning I couldn't believe my eyes and my heart is so warm and cozy and I feel so so loved which I really needed that reminder that I am loved. The first time I met a Chiver named Sarah Pries, she told me "we will always be behind you now, you'll never have to worry because we have your back" and while I don't like feeling so vulnerable or having to keep asking for help all the time, I need it and she is right. My big fat green chiving beer-drinking lovers with the biggest hearts I have ever know keep taking care of me when I have fallen literally and figuratively so many times. I am blessed. You all are so special and will always have a place in my heart. These memories I will never, ever forget. Thank you x a billion times.
Wow!! Way to go Chivers!! Way to knock it out of the park once again!