This is Marjorie, the shark attack survivor writing to update about my life after the incident on December 31st 2017.
First of all, I’d like to thanks all of the donations and to ask for more help.
In few days it is going to be 2 months from my incident and I have been seeing the doctors and physiotherapist to work on my rehabilitation.
Not long ago, I let the crutches and I started to walk with the help of a prosthetic. It is a piece of hard plastic on a shape of an “L” that goes on the back of my lower leg and under my foot, drop foot, which was affected by the peroneal nerve injury.( the shark teeth cut my nerve). The prosthetic holds my foot to a 90 degrees position allowing me to walk without dropping the foot on each step.
During the day, I am managing the pain and discomfort of my leg and foot but it is at the night time that the nerve gets aggravate and the pain kicks in. Long hours without sleep, exhaustion and fatigue are part of my day by day and all I hope is to have at least 6-7 hours of sleeping.
I would love to go back to work but reality is I am not physically ready for it. I still have a long way to go.
I’ve been going to physiotherapy twice per week and adding more hours at the gym to continuing the exercises and stretches recommended by the professionals.
Time will tell when my nerve will finally heal. Peroneal nerve grew 1 millimeter per day! The healing of this nerve may takes from 9 – 24 months. Once it heals, I am hoping to see my leg and foot back to normal. I will be happy to get back to surf and be active again one day.
Beside my father Alzheimer’s and mom’s other health problems, I am dealing with expenses, all the bills from hospital, doctors, physiotherapist and more. Yes, I know this is “part of life”. Being a single person without any family in USA I can only count on myself .The stress of take care my duties as a person and as a daughter is taking my focus from my health and I wish I could to manage in a different way. I AM DOING MY BEST!
Thank God I am here and alive and with my legs. It could be a much worse situation, I know! I am keeping my faith and my hopes that life will be fine sooner or later. Patience and strength is the main thing to continue the progress and to keep on going.
I am grateful for my life and for my blessings.
Thank you again for your help and support.
Aloha comunidade do surf
Nossa amiga Marjorie sofreu um ataque de tubarão surfando no fim de tarde do último dia do ano aqui no North Shore de Oahu. Sua perna está bem machucada e com certeza ela ficará um bom tempo sem poder trabalhar. Todos sabemos também que as contas de hospitais são altíssimas, mesmo quando uma pessoa tem seguro. Nós, amigos da Marjorie criamos essa conta para ajuda la com as despesas que terá durante sua recuperação.
- Bruce Schweitzer
- Chris Conn
- jerome D
- Michelle Garcia
Organizer and beneficiary