As many of you may know, Danelle Murphy suffered a stroke on March 20th that was caused by a rare condition called MoyaMoya. She was admitted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, but is home now and has started speech and physical therapy 4 times a week and is working hard to recover.
The only treatment for the MoyaMoya is surgery to redirect existing healthy veins in her head to supply the necessary blood flow where it is needed. Her medical records have been sent to Duke Medical Center for review. We are hopeful she is a good candidate for this procedure and is accepted.
In the meantime, she has no income, her medical bills are starting to come in so this is where we need your help.
She is lucky to have medical insurance but the deductibles, out of pocket and co-pays will increase as we move forward. We have set a goal of 15K with the hopes of covering as much of her current and future rehab and medical bills as we can and assist with other unforeseen expenses as well. Make no mistake about it, this will be a long road.
Thanks to all who have been so strong in your support for Danelle. Your cards, flowers and kind words on Danelle-Strong have already made a difference. We know this will be a tough battle, however we also know we are not alone and for that we are very thankful.
Thank you again,
John & Gerry Murphy
Soon it will be 4 months since Danelle’s stroke. Very hard to believe she has traveled so far in such a short time. So, it’s time for an update and some thanks.
Danelle continues to move forward with steady improvement in both speech and regaining the use of her lower right arm and hand. While she still has a ways to go her improvement is remarkable.
She spent the weekend visiting with friends in Atlanta and for Gerry and I it was really great to see her “get out there”. And she of course had a blast with some very special people she has been friends with for half her life.
As much as she will miss her friends in Franklin and co-workers at Drake she has decided that moving to Chattanooga would be the best road to recovery with more opportunities for additional training and or education as well as greater job opportunity’s once she has recovered. She intends to continue her home therapy as well as look towards alternative sources in C-Town.
7-22 will be 2 months since the by-pass surgery performed by Dr. Z at Duke. We go back to see Dr. Z on 7-18 for her checkup, but all seems to be going well. Many thanks for him and the whole staff.
Since the week after the stroke Danelle has had Crystal and Tammy as her two therapists and hats off to them. Each week they keep her challenged and motivated. We will miss them both and owe then a debt of gratitude as they did much more than their “jobs”.
We hope to “make the move” sometime in August but with several irons still in the in fire Franklin and Asheville Dr. wise as well as trying to navigate the COBRA/BC/BS Insurance maize we cannot give an exact date
In closing, many thanks for all the continued support as the cards and posts still give hope and encouragement.
John, Gerry, Vanessa and Danelle.
Danelle continues to work very hard in therapy and while it is getting a little tougher she continues to move forward. Both the speech (Crystal) and occupational (Tammy) therapists are working hard as well getting “out of the box” in looking at practical ways/tools to work on “real life” needs for a 32 year old, a demographic a little removed from the average Franklin stroke victim. Hats off and a shout out to both Tammy and Crystal for their hard work helping us move in the right direction.
This weekend was a wing-dinger. Danelle old skool friend from FL Keri got married and we had a great time at the wedding. Keri moved from Temple Terrace to Franklin NC several years ago, and it worked out well. Danelle spent time with her old high school pals high Yarra and Ryan as well as Kerri’s family who she was close to also. Danelle’s boyfriend Travis came and spent the weekend to make it even better.
This week is starting out well and we are looking forward to the Dr. appoint at Duke Medical Center on Thursday………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
and TODAY is Thursday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, we met with the neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Zomorodi at 11 PM and he is a top-notch guy in every way. The very good news is Danelle is scheduled for the by-pass surgery this coming Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is exactly what we were hoping for and even sooner that we had expected so we are more than happy.
Again, keep the funny and inspiring posts coming as they really help!
Danelle continues with therapy four times a week and progress is slow but good in both her speech and physical recovery.
In the past two weeks, Danelle has visited her boyfriend Travis for a weekend and completed a five (5) mile geocaching hike with her friend Nicole.
She also spent a great day walking around downtown Asheville with Travis and her good friends Sarah and Jonathan from Greenville SC.
So she is working hard at recovery and doing a lot of outdoor activities to improve her overall health as well.
We've contacted Macon Trac's (horse/hippo therapy) as Danelle wants to volunteer. With her knowledge and experience with horses, we are hopeful that she will be able to help others which will help her too. Her strength and determination amazes us daily. We have noticed that when she is cold, parts of her hands and feet turn blue. We have an appointment with her primary doctor tomorrow (5/8). But other than that, she is steady on the mend, so more to come on this after the Dr. visit.
Still looking forward to our appointment at Duke and Dr. Ali Zomorodi week after next.
We would like to recognize everyone for their support, donations and positive contributions. We will forever be grateful for all.
It is very important to convey just how much you are making a difference in our lives.
Happy Monday to all. (LOL)
We are getting into a solid routine of going to therapy four times a week (two speech and two occupational) as well as doing our “homework” therapy on the off days. Danelle continues to show fierce determination in her rehab and we can see steady improvments.
We went to the neurologist in Asheville Wednesday as a follow. The Dr. did confirm Danelle has MoyaMoya and we discussed the stroke management aspects of her condition which includes moving from our Southern diet to a Mediterranean diet as well as continued exercise. Our next big appointment is with Duke neurosurgeon Ali Zomorodi on 5/18, to see if Danelle is a candidate for surgery.
Overall, pretty good week for Danelle.
Special Thanks to all who has donated to the go fund account and to Vanessa for creating and managing the account. We are very appreciative for all the support so keep the cards and cool FB posts coming.
And remember funny is always a good thing!