Friends of Trudi O'Connell


Happy Holidays! I hope you all have a great new year! Trudi certainly hopes for a better year and thanks everyone for their support! Good news and bad news. Her neck is healing nicely and she found out her arm injury is NOT rotator cuff damage, only muscle damage from the fall and surgery. She was given a steroid shot that provided some relief. The bad news is she still has weakness in her arm and cannot cut hair. Trudi has started physical therapy to gain strength in her right arm and she hopes to be able to ‘give it a try’ in mid-January. Her full recovery may still be weeks away.
Let’s all pray she will continue to make progress and get back to 100% soon! In the meantime, please think of donating (again?) to this fund. As you know, her monthly expenses (rent, insurance, etc.) continue.

Trudi had a follow-up with her doctor on Tuesday, November 1st and was told her neck was healing nicely, but he is concerned about the pain she is experiencing in her right arm. Either the fall or the surgery, or both, has left her with reduced mobility in her right arm. She was told she would need to wear the neck brace for at least another 5 weeks and was given medication for the pain in her arm. This means she will have loss of income for at least two more months. Please consider helping her pay expenses until she can fully recover and return to her work schedule.

On Sunday, September 18, our friend Trudi O’Connell suffered a severe injury when she slipped and fell backward off her patio stairs, causing a broken neck and several other injuries. Fortunately, there is no paralysis! After enduring two surgeries to implant a plate and pins/screws into her 5th and 6th vertebrae, she is home and working to rebuild her strength. Her next appointment with the surgeon is in early November; it is not until that appointment she will know the progress of the healing, the physical therapy schedule, and a projection of when she can start returning to work. It had been estimated that it will require more than six weeks of rehab, including wearing a neck brace and being restricted to a 5-pound lift limit.
Those who know her know she is a hard-working self-employed hairstylist. If she cannot cut hair, she has no income, but her monthly expenses will continue, such as her salon rental, insurance, and daily expenses.
We are trying to help her with this Go Fund Me request to bridge the lost income so she can focus on getting well and not worry about recurring expenses and unexpected costs due to the injuries.

Every dollar contributed will help our good friend! Please give what you can

If you don’t feel comfortable donating to GoFundMe, both PayPal and Venmo are available.

Paypal or Venmo: tkay73158 at

Thank you!

Mike and Lisa Kinnear

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    • $25 
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Mike Kinnear
Des Moines, IA
Trudi Oconnell

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