Help Me Get A New Ankle

I'm hoping to be able to raise enough money so that I can take 6 weeks off work to recuperate from an ankle replacement surgery. 

While I am happy and thankful that the Canadian health care system will pay for the surgery I need to be able to cover expenses while off from work. I am a self-employed physiotherapist so if I am not working I have no source of income.  I started my own small practice 5 years ago and love working as a sole practitioner. However, the downside is that I am the only one bringing in revenue from my work. While off I will need to cover both business and home expenses.  Being a single mom these are not inconsiderable. My disability insurance would only kick in if I was off for 2 months so taking 6 weeks off is not long enough to qualify.

My saga began back in 1996 when I fell rock climbing. I was 300 feet up a cliff face in North Conway in the White Mountains climbing a climb called Book of Solemnity on Cathedral Ledge. I am forever thankful for the rescue team that got me off the cliff although it took 3 excruciating hours to get me into an ambulance. I had surgery in a small hospital in North Conway and had an excellent orthopaedic surgeon who put my ankle back together for me. Luckily a $25 dollar insurance policy I had bought at CIBC before crossing the border covered my medical expenses. 

At the time I was told that in 20 years I would have severe arthritis in my poor left ankle. They were right.  While a debridement in 2008 bought me a few years of function another attempt last February 2017 was not as successful. Now I am looking at a replacement or a fusion.  For many reasons I am considering the replacement over the fusion and am now just trying to figure out when I can take the time off to do it. 

If you would like more information about anything to do with this request please feel free to contact me.Description of my accident 

Any contribution towards helping me to take the time to recuperate without being stressed financially would be of help. Thanks for your support!


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Kathleen Shortt Bradford 
Pickering, ON
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