Road to recovery

My brother Justin known is has recently gone through many stages of sickness which has resulted in loss of movement in his legs, and an attack on his nervous system. About the last week of January he felt sick, and like most of us thought it would pass, but within days he sickness progressed into paralysis of his legs and body. When brought to the hospital he was initially diagnosed with a viral infection, which then triggered lime disease which quickly escalated into what is called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) which effects his nervous system and damages his nervous system. This has resulted in my brother needing to be put in a wheel chair for some time frame until his body recovers. If this isn't enough to say bad things happen in threes, he is the father of a 4 year daughter who he shares joint custody with, his primary form of income is running his own business in home remodeling, and is now facing 4-6 months of extensive physical therapy with costs that are estimated to be over $200,000.00 without the ability to work to pay these bills. His little girl Isabella needs her dad on the road to recovery, and extensive and expensive physical therapy is currently the only prescription his doctors can provide. Anything helps, and while I know its always hard to ask for help especially for me and my brother, we're at the point we need help. 

According to the Mayo clinic we have a long road ahead of us getting him back on his feet and getting his life back to normal. All help is greatly appreciated by my family and him.  See statistics below

About 80 percent can walk independently six months after diagnosis
About 60 percent fully recover motor strength one year after diagnosis
About 5 to 10 percent have very delayed and incomplete recovery


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Timothy Hand 
Saco, ME
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