In July, Celia was sadly hospitalized for the 8th time since 2009. After spending a month and a half away from home at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and then Spaulding Rehab Center, she returned home to face the challenges of having to recover from this most recent stroke and find a way to live with a rare condition called SMART (Stroke-like Migraine Attacks After Radiation Therapy) syndrome. Though Celia’s condition is not reversible, her doctors have been desperately searching for ways to treat one of the worst cases of SMART known.
As Celia works to recover her life at home, our family provides care along with outside services (PT, OT, speech therapy and nursing) around the clock, as Celia cannot be left unattended. We recently built a ramp and renovated the bathroom to make the house accessible. Though we’ve made physical improvements to her living space, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the only viable treatment options to maintain her quality of life. There is no insurance coverage for this treatment nor reimbursement for the purchase of a hyperbaric chamber. Celia needs this treatment as it is vital to her survival. Without access to the chamber, Celia will continue to lose function in mobility, vision and cognition.
Celia is a fighter, courageous beyond measure and has never given up. On October 9, 2018, she will turn 63 years young. Our family is asking you to join us in celebrating Celia’s birthday and supporting efforts that will allow her to remain in her home with some quality of life. If we are fortunate enough to find the financial support she needs, we hope to create a framed poster with the names of everyone who contributed and give it to her for her birthday. Your financial support means more to all of us—our mom and our entire family—than words could possibly express. We know how many high need and worthwhile requests are out there. Our hope is that the many generous people who read this will help in any way they can- just 15 dollars will pay for an hour of in-home nursing care. Ripples make waves eventually, so please contribute and please take a moment to share this site with your friends, family, colleagues.
Financial Goal: $20,000
Hyperbaric chamber: $10,000
Pressurized Oxygen Ventilator: $5,000
Personalized Attendant Care: $5,000
Lynn, Louise, Anne, Ellen, Simone, Davis and Elliot
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