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Andrea Keenan Medical Fund

$18,462 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 239 people in 15 months
My sister in law, Andrea (everyone calls her Andi) suffered a stroke in mid August. Unfortunately, it wasn't diagnosed correctly for two weeks, delaying treatment. 

We're currently waiting for results from a battery of autoimmune tests that were run once the stroke was correctly diagnosed, and still don't know what the cause was. Those tests are extremely expensive, and we're unsure what the ultimate cost will be right now. What do know is that she's lost strength and mobility in her left arm and leg. She's facing a year to 18 months of physical therapy to get back to full function.

Andi is an artistic soul. She creates beautiful metal artwork for their business, and she plays the guitar in her free time with her mother to relax. She says that's the hardest thing about this whole situation- she can't chord, and hasn't been able to play the guitar since it happened.

We're estimating the costs of her physical therapy right now, and waiting for results on the tests, and to see if more tests are necessary.

Andi has not been able to afford health insurance, because she and my brother own a business. Unfortunately the business makes too much money for them to get assistance with health insurance, but not enough for them to be able to afford health insurance and raising two boys.

Any help will be much appreciated, as Andi needs to begin physical therapy as soon as possible in order to have the best outcome, and without health insurance she has to pay the full cost of every session.

EDIT:

After three days of back and forth with GoFundMe, we’ve mostly sorted out the withdrawals situation (even though one of their concerns was that the bank might refuse the deposits because of the way the account is named, in spite of the fact that they had already accepted three deposits before GoFundMe decided to put the funds on hold.)

The last step is for me to tell all of you how the funds are being distributed, since I created the fundraiser and I am not Andi. So here’s the situation, since GoFundMe is insisting that I jump through hoops:

The money you guys are donating (and you are all amazing, and wonderful people, and we appreciate you so much.... some of your messages have caused the room to get a bit dusty for me as I read them) goes directly into a separate savings account that has been designated as a medical fund WITH THE BANK. The signatories on the account are Andrea, myself, and my mother. We set it up that way to ensure that if something were to come up, someone would be able to access the account on Andi’s behalf.

So, in short, the funds aren’t being distributed since they don’t need to be, they’re going directly to Andi with a couple of backstops to ensure that when money is needed it can be withdrawn even if she happens to be out of town doing a craft show or otherwise away from the bank. 

And now the money should actually be being deposited automatically like it was supposed to be in the first place.
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Update:

Andi is doing very well at PT, and her physical therapist has assigned her many home exercises including a step count, picking up and moving small objects with her left hand, exercises with putty for strength, and punching at a balloon. She's also assigned to do her work at the metal shop, which includes things like cutting out intricate designs with an exacto knife.

For her walks, her youngest son Gavin has become her walking buddy. If Andi doesn't get her steps in during the day while she's working at the shop, Gavin makes sure they go for a walk. Her oldest son, Kaden, is the designated balloon holder for the balloon punching, and has a great time since he has permission- nay, encouragement- to mess with her and make it difficult.

According to the physical therapist, Andi is at 90% of full function on her leg, and 70-75% on her arm and hand. She says things get easier each day- she is adapting to the struggle!

When I asked her for commentary on PT she talked about the balance platform that Darren (her therapist) makes her stand on, which is a half globe like a bouncy ball with a flat platform on top that he calls "The Boob"-

"I'm jealous of an inanimate object... I always wanted a little more boob!"

Andi is doing well enough that she and her husband Steve were able to follow through with a trip to Las Vegas that they had been planning, and they got some much-needed stress relief- without letting up on her exercises!
Steve and Andi getting a break in Vegas
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