Miracles happen when you believe

April 18,2014 is a date I I'll never forget , not only because it's the date of my dad's birthday but when his life changed forever !

The above date was the day my dad unfortunately got part of his right leg amputated due to diabetes.

My dad was working up on Fort McMurray as a contractor (engineering by trade) when he noticed a blister on his right foot. When he was back home he went to the doctor to get it checked out as he knew something was wrong.

The doctors explained that because of my dad's diabetes he picked up an infection that medication could not work against.

The doctors exhausted all possible options however, there was no option left but to amputate part of the right leg due to the severity of the infection in the bone.

It was news no one wanted to hear but we had to keep moving forward and believing that he would get through it and everything would be ok.

Even though my dad didn't appear to show worry when I was around and he kept a positive attitude and remained strong I knew deep down he was worried. We all were.

I then decided to take matters into my own hands and knowing how long it would take for my dad to recover and how expensive medical items can be I decided to set up a fundraiser page to help my parents out with medical costs / bills. I was successful because the kindness of others and raised money to help them out.

I also got a tattoo on the back of my neck shortly after my dad's surgery with the word "believe". If you believe you can get through a hard time you will.

During the past 3 years it's been a roller coaster ride for them ! Work was hard to come by at first because of the fact that my dad was handicapped and workplaces are reluctant to hire individuals for the kind of work my dad does. It is because he is considered a safety hazard and a liability. Eventually he was able to find temporary work, unfortunately at that time the economy started to fall apart. By then work was becoming sparse and now has completely ended. They had to use their RRSPs , savings and drain their bank accounts leaving them with absolutely no financial buffer. My mother is also unable to work unfortunately due to medical issues and chronic pain.

Last fall my dad found out he dad had flesh eating disease and needed surgery for it. Because Of the location of the surgery they had to place a ostomy bag on him and this just added to the difficulties of daily living. While during the recovery and because of the ostomy bag my dad could not sleep properly. A pressure wound developed on his left heel. This bruise kept deteriorating over the next coming months. Then in July of this year my dad was approved for the reversal of the ostomy bag. While in the hospital my dad contracted C diff infection. This kept him in the hospital for another two weeks. In order to treat the c diff he had to be removed from any other antibiotics. This allowed the infection is his foot to spread.

Yesterday we got told the worst possible news. My dad will be losing his left leg due to an infection getting into his bone again.

As a daughter it's heartbreaking to see your parents constantly struggle and now are on the verge of losing everything !

I have made a promise to myself and to my parents that I won't let that happen and decided to start this fundraiser page once more. I believe through the kindness of others , my dad and my family will make it through this !!!!


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Angela Putnam 
Edmonton, AB
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