Help a Dear Friend and Her Family
Tuesday, February 21, Dena arrived to work on what she believed to be another ordinary day. Having gone to bed the night before with a sore back, the pain turned debilitating and upon arriving at her school in the morning, immediately drove herself to the emergency room. By the time she was laying in the ER bed, she had lost complete use of her legs, and is now paralyzed from the waist down. She has been seen by numerous specialists and endured endless tests and procedures. The doctors have diagnosed her with Transverse Myelitis, a rare condition that causes extreme inflammation in her spinal column. Though doctors are hopeful her state is not permanent, much is still unknown; what triggered the inflammation, what the fate of her future movement will be, the continued length of her hospital stay and overall recovery time.
Dena remains in the hospital waiting for answers, and hoping that various treatments will start to bring her movement and strength back. With two young boys at home, Eryk is working hard to keep things running smoothly and also be with Dena during this scary and uncertain time.
As one can imagine, financial costs continue to rise, as Dena and Eryk have both run out of sick leave and medical bills continue to pile high.
She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her “ordinary day” has now changed the course of her life forever. Beyond the usual daily financial challenges families face, they will now need to balance a single income household (once Eryk is able to return to work) with insurmountable hospital bills, extra childcare costs, and possibly long rehabilitation therapies. One of the hardest things in life to do is ask for help when in need, and we feel this family is in true need. Any funds that have been collected that go unused will be donated to The Transverse Myelitis Association to help further research on this mysterious disease.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity.
I just wanted to thank everyone for donating funds to my family and I as we navigate our way through this unexpected crisis. Please know that your generosity is greatly needed and dearly appreciated. Not being able to work, and medical bills piling to the ceiling just add to what is already an unbelievably stressful situation; so please know that your contributions are needed and again, appreciated. We will never be able to thank each of you enough for being so kind as to extend yourselves to us in the ways that you have.
On the bright side, things are looking good for my recovery. I am now standing and walking with a walker! I can only go short distances around the house, but it's a start! There were 10 days in the hospital when I couldn't move at all, so this is a big accomplishment. My neurologist and orthopedic doctors feel I'm making lightning speed progress...but of course to me it feels very slow! At the current time I'm trying to get into an outpatient program called Project Walk that specializes in spinal cord injuries, and they have a great philosophy and track record for getting people back on their feet. The bummer is they don't take insurance so this will be all cash-we feel that if it gets me walking, and walking well, then it will be worth it in the end.
It has been so touching to see the generosity pour out from several different areas of my life..old friends from childhood, mommy friends, teacher friends, etc...please know that I love you all, and will never forget your kindness.
Once again how amazing it's been to see the support coming in. Here is a quick update!
Dena was released from the hospital this weekend. She still needs around the clock care but luckily she has a caring husband and mom who are both trained nurses and can be her in home care for now. Also Eryk's mom has generously flown in from Tennessee to help out. While she is happy to be home with her family, she still has a ways to go in her recovery.. She has almost all her movement back but needs to work on gaining her strength as she is still bound to a wheelchair. Thankfully the rehab facility has accepted her and she will be going there starting April 1st. The hope is that they will work with her many hours a day and she will be well on her way to full recovery in no time. Keep sending those healing thoughts! ❤
Once again, thank you so much to everyone who has shared this page, sent love, and donated. Your support is truly invaluable.
Do the best you can with the tools you have ! I had Polio when I was 24 years old. I had to learn how to walk again with a full leg brace, back brace and crutches. Finally made it and moved to California from Rochester, NY. No more snow for me. Got rid of the back brace, then the leg brace and crutches. Walked until I was about 85 years old. Today, it is me and the wheelchair as Post polio syndrome set in. Still believe in: Do the best you can with the tools you have.