Michelle has a condition called Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) that causes extreme pain, heightened sensitivity, and muscle spasms in her feet, legs, hands, and arms. She has had numerous surgeries and treatments over the years to try to slow the progress of CRPS but it has taken its toll. The pain associated with the CRPS became so extreme that it reduced her mobility and caused her to become wheelchair dependent five years ago.
The CRPS continued to progress. The pain in Michelle’s hands made it impossible for her to propel herself in her wheelchair. Additionally, transferring out of her wheelchair into a car is extremely difficult and painful. Michelle has therefore been limited to attending only those events that were absolute necessities, such as doctor’s appointments.
A very good thing came their way a few months ago. Michelle was able to obtain a power wheelchair, which has done wonders to provide mobility around the house.
Aaron’s vehicle, however, is not wheelchair accessible, so Michelle still has to go through the painful process of transferring between the wheelchair and the car whenever she goes anywhere and back again when she gets there. The power chair’s size and weight make it impossible to transport in a car.
I asked Michelle and Aaron if I could start a GoFundMe site so their family and friends from all around the world could help them purchase a good used wheelchair-accessible van that will enable Michelle to be a part of community life in more ways than she is able to do today.
Give what you wish but know that you are helping a nice family. Thank you so much.
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