Hello. My name is Pauline and I am starting a gofundme campaign for my youngest sister Charlene. At the age of 25 Charlene was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. She immediately began chemotherapy and to our pleasant surprise went into remission. Unfortunately our celebrating was short lived. 24 hours after discharge Charlene had 2 brain clots and had a stroke (one of the side effects of chemo is blood clotting). She immediately underwent surgery and was put into an induced coma. The doctors were preparing us for the worse. Thankfully two months into the coma Charlene slowly started waking up. We soon realized that the stroke mostly affected her motor skills.
The progress Charlene has made over the months is truly remarkable. After her release from St. Barnabos Hospital she was transferred to Kessler Institute in NJ. At Kessler she was taken off her feeding tube, breathing tube, and began intensive rehab. Kessler’s services were outstanding and helped Charlene regain some arm movement and leg movement. It’s so heartwarming seeing Charlene use her arms. She has learned how to comb her hair, brush her teeth, feed herself, and work her tablet! Her main goal now is to someday walk……….nothing would make our family happier than to see her walk one day.
Due to health insurance policies and funding she had to leave Kessler and was transferred to a short term Nursing Home. Due to lack of staff and funding she was not getting the proper physical therapy that she needed to accomplish her goals.
We received devastating news on March 29, 2016, that Charlene’s leukemia was progressive again. She was immediately admitted in the hospital and is now undergoing treatment, BLINCYTO. She is also on a waiting list for a bone marrow transplant. It’s been 5 days since she started her second round of treatment and so far her levels are going up, which is positive!
Once Charlene is in remission she will again need additional rehab at a short term nursing home. Once treatment is fulfilled she will need proper equipment in order to be released and live with our mom. Currently, Charlene is still not able to walk and subsequently not able to work. She requires full attention as she is not able to properly take care of herself and still requires personal care and is now receiving additional treatment for her leukemia. This GoFund me Campaign will help raise money for the following: TRAM mobile lift to transport Charlene from a bed to a wheelchair, special ramps, additional physical therapy that her health insurance does not cover, and help towards the cost of medical bills which is now well over $30,000.
We will always be forever grateful for any donations received. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Pauline (Charlene’s sister)
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