Help Katie heal

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Raised by 1,198 people in 8 months
Created October 9, 2018
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on behalf of Dave Hnida
Katie Hnida has broken a lot of barriers, including becoming the first woman to play and score points in a Division I college football game. But now Katie is facing another challenge. She recently was prescribed a common, everyday antibiotic and suffered a rare, life threatening reaction---multi-organ failure. Katie’s kidneys failed, her liver shut down, and her bone marrow quit functioning. Her blood wouldn’t clot, and she had uncontrollable bleeding. Katie was admitted to the ICU in critical condition where she was given emergency dialysis and doctors debated the need for a possible liver transplant. Fortunately, she has stabilized and her doctors and family are optimistic that she will eventually recover from this crisis. But her road back will be slow and cautious. Here’s what is needed: First and foremost, your prayers and support. Second, any financial help would be much appreciated. Her hospital costs so far are more than $155,000 and continue to climb. Katie has health insurance but with a high deductible and large out of pocket costs, her policy falls substantially short of covering her healthcare needs. Other day-to-day expenses will also need to be met since it’s estimated that she will be unable to work for at least the next 4-6 months. Katie is on the front lines as an advocate, educator, and voice for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. The majority of her work is through nonprofits, and she dedicates a substantial amount of time providing pro-bono counselling to survivors of trauma. Katie has always given freely of herself, and now needs your help to recover. Whatever you can give is greatly appreciated, not only for Katie, but those she works with. Please consider sharing this message, and help Katie heal.
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Hello all,
I am so sorry for the delay in posting. The past several months have been quite a bumpy ride.
I have so many thank yous to send and messages to catch up on. Please be patient with me as I continue to heal.
Though my body has done well considering the circumstances, I have a way to go. I am still dealing with a number of issues, including complications from kidney failure and getting my bone marrow and immune system up to speed.
Everyone is pleased with my progress, it’s just a slow process. I have some out-of-state testing and treatment in the months ahead, as well as continuing my rehab program. Unfortunately, my doctors are estimating I still won’t be back working for about another six months, so I will be keeping the GoFundMe up for a bit longer.
While at times I feel frustrated and want things to hurry up, I’m incredibly thankful to be here today. As scary as this experience has been, it is a rare gift to see life from a new perspective.
I am so filled with gratitude.
I am grateful to so many people. To all of you who have given so freely- through positive thoughts, prayers, and messages of support- thank you. A special thanks to my family, closest friends and teammates (Lobos4Life is not just a slogan), who carried me through the scary and darkest parts of this journey. A big shout-out to the hospital physical therapy staff and the nurses of 1North, who went above and beyond their duties. Finally, a humble thank you to those others who I have never met, but who have become close in spirit. The kindness of strangers has reminded me of our shared humanity, which fills me with hope, and motivates me to make sure I’m making this world a better place.
Seven months ago today, I couldn’t make three steps to the bathroom in my hospital room. Today, I’m turning 38 years old and I am celebrating my birthday by kicking my first football in close to a year.
As they say, a journey of a thousand steps (or kicks, in my case) begins with one… and as my health improves, there are many more kicks to come.
I love you,
Katie
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Thank you all for your kindness and generosity. It has been truly incredible to see all the wonderful people we have in our lives.
Here is a brief update on how Katie is doing. Lots of doctor appointments, lab work, and rest as her kidneys, liver and bone marrow continue to heal.
She did have a brief trip back to the hospital, as well as an infection that required antibiotics, but she was able to fight it off.
Her recovery will continue to take time. Her doctors have recommended she cancel all spring speaking engagements as well as her trainings and seminars. Thanks for your patience as we try to respond to each of you.
Again, thank you for sharing this message and for your continued support. Your love, prayers, and words of encouragement, love and prayers are appreciated more than we can express.
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Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful words and prayers. We are very humbled by the outpouring of love and support. There truly is a lot of kindness in our world.

Katie is out of the hospital, making slow but steady progress as she rests and rehabilitates. As expected, some days are better than others.

She is being cared for by an excellent team of specialists, who are pleased with her progress to date. They caution, however, that her recovery will be measured in months, not days. We ask for your continuing thoughts and prayers as she undergoes another battery of testing next week.

Thank you again for your generosity to her fund, as well as sharing the message.
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Raised by 1,198 people in 8 months
Created October 9, 2018
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on behalf of Dave Hnida
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