Helping Sam on the Road to Recovery

For those of you who know or those who have yet to find out; this fall my sister Samantha, lovingly referred to as Sam, suffered several small strokes while visiting and teaching in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. 

During each stroke, she went to the local health centre and was discharged after a few hours without a neurological follow-up. While a full neuro work-up is difficult in the north due to the lack of appropriate equipment, patients are flown out to Winnipeg to receive more intensive treatment. However, this did not occur. 

By sheer force of will, Sam somehow made it to Ottawa where she suffered severely from the symptoms of her strokes and was immediately rushed to emergency. Once again she was discharged without the appropriate follow-up. 

We went back to the emergency room for another visit and we weren't leaving without a CT scan. She was finally admitted and the CT scan showed that she had several small strokes within the last 3 weeks. 

These strokes have paralyzed her right side, compromised her speech and presented Sam and our family with life-altering circumstances.  While there is a lot of hope for her recovery, Sam will need to undergo months, if not years, of intense physical rehabilitation. 

Even though she is receiving the care she requires now, there will be a lot of expenses that are not covered by any plan.

The treatment has yet to be fully laid out as Sam will require several other tests, but she will no doubt need to spend a significant amount of time at a rehabilitation facility. In the meantime our parents house will need to be retrofitted to accommodate the changes that Sam will need to assist in her recovery. 

Sam is only 22 years old. She was about to move to Vancouver to pursue her dream and attend film school. She is smart, funny, kind, an avid boardgame player, and a bit of a weirdo, but that's what we love about her. 

Please help Sam and our family by donating anything you can spare to help assist us with the expenses. Our family has an extremely long road ahead with some fairly big obstacles. 

Any help and support you can provide in this time would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you for taking the time to read through this and for making a donation.

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