In 2013 I came back to work, after a long recovery from my strokes. Unfortunately, while walking backstage in Critter Country, I fell. I tore my hamstring, herniated discs in my low and tore a disc. About a month after I fell, Keith was injured by some guests. He had herniated discs in his low back as well.
We both ended up having surgery on our backs. Keith's surgery was in our 1 year wedding anniversary. Mine was later in the year. On the day of my 6 week follow up from surgery, I was rear ended by a gentleman going 50 mph while I was stopped. This made my return to work and recovery even longer. During this time, Keith's work Comp adjuster screwed up paperwork which led to him not receiving any income until he went back to work.
While recovering from surgery and a car accident, we found out that my mom had kidney cancer. This was in 2015. She had surgery to remove the cancerous portion of her kidney. My mom was a lot slower recovering than usual. After her surgery I returned to work and Keith had been back for a bit as well. Later that same year my mom was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multi form. This is the worst kind of brain cancer a person can get. She had brain surgery to remove the cancerous tumor and started undergoing 33 sessions of radiation.
The surgery did not leave her unscathed despite the doctor doing his best, he was amazing by the way. My mom couldn't drive anymore, she did not have control over her left side and she was forgetting. During this time a guest re injured Keith and then like the two peas in a pod we are, a guest injured me.
Through all of this we found out we were going to have a baby! Needless to say we were all over the moon. My mom was so happy! She had been begging me for a grand baby for about 10 years. But because I was pregnant I could not be treated for my injury. After this it was found that my moms tumor had come back, she had to have another surgery. This one left her worse. The left side was worse as was her memory and her personality changed. She was hallucinating a lot. We ended up celebrating her birthday in the hospital. When she got home she did get an awesome birthday cake shaped like a brain(her request).
About a month after this surgery the tumor had come back. Now we were faced with another surgery to enter a clinical trial or even more intense radiation. We chose the trial. That was the beginning of the end for my mom. It was a very difficult time for us and her. Being very pregnant was not helping either. Eventually I had to put my mom in hospice. She passed a month before Teri was born. All I wanted was for her to meet and hold Teri.
Cut to we have a baby!! But now workers Comp will not approve any treatment. They stopped my workers compensation benefits and Keith's were stopped. As of January of this year, we were scraping by having lost all of our income. Keith is now back to work and I am looking for work within my restrictions. Disney let me go without my knowledge and without attempting to place me.
We are still in dire straits. We are about to be evicted and our cars are in danger of being repossessed. All of our bills are either behind or in collections.
We are asking for any help you might be able to give. We know there is a lot going on in the world and other people have it far worse than us. Keith and I just need a little help getting back on our feet. We have exhausted what help we could get from family.
We sincerely thank you for any help you can give.
❤️ Teri Lynn, Keith, and Ashlee
- Megan Laub
- Karen Fedderson
- Loretta Testa
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