In November 2014, she had an aneurysm rupture in her brain. This caused her to have a hemorrhagic stroke, also known as a brain bleed. Cathi is such a strong willed person that she went to work and functioned for nearly a week before she went to the ER at St. Vincents East. From there she was able to ride an ambulance for the first time in her life to UAB Medical Center. There she saw Dr. Harrigan, a neurosurgeon, who was able to place coils and a stent in her artery. This secured the aneurysm so it won't bleed again. Cathi spent the next few weeks in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit (NICU) fighting to recover from a major stroke. She was transferred out of the NICU in mid-December to the stroke step down unit, where she would start her recovery. Cathi is very weak on her left side and struggled to gain her speech. She was moved to Spain Rehabilitation Center in late January and has been working really hard to do normal everyday activities such as walking, dressing and initiating conversations.
We are asking for donations to help Cathi once she goes home. These donations will be used to further her rehabilitation, as well as for sitters to help her with everyday activities like baths and making meals. We thank you in advance for anything you can give. It is a long road to recovery for Cathi but we feel strongly that she is strong willed and will work hard to be an independent woman again.
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