Vacation for Diana

My name is Diana Ousley and for the past seven years I have been on and off a care giver to my husband who had a heart transplant. I found myself shuffling work and doctors appointments, countless hospital stays.  The journey for me has not been easy as it required a great deal of my time away from others that I loved.  Along the way my sister, one of my best friends, a niece and recently my mother all passed away and I was unable to take off to really grieve their death because of fear of losing work and the insurance needed to sustain my husband's life.

My husband spent the majority of his life providing spiritual and moral support to trauma families and members of the faith community yet the various crisis in my life he has been in the hospital and unable to assist me to deal with things in my life.  I have no regret for the role that I've played in his life and pray that he will be able to transition in a manner that will be fitting his life as a clergy and veteran which are his two passions.

I am grateful to the healthcare team that has worked so hard to save his life but this request for funds is not about trying to help my husband this is about me. I have exhausted all our resources just trying to help my husband live and feel like I was dying in the process now I feel that  I am at a place in life that I have missed so much trying to care for him that I've not had time to "Breath".  I would like to take a week off work and just go some place even if in town and chill by myself.

I can not be there for everyone else if I continue on this journey as I am.  Only a few weeks after my mom's death, I learn that my husband is being placed on Hospice.  He has been given 6 months to live.  I have journeyed for 7 years with him and don't know if I am going to be able to manage to be there for him in his last months, weeks or days if I don't take some time for myself away from him and everyone else.

Being off work for a week is truly a dream come true for me as I've not been off unless I was attending a funeral which in itself is not a vacation.  I am not looking for pity or all the reasons I should be wanting to spend more time with my husband. I've spent the past seven years preparing for everything but my learning to live for me.  

The funds raised would go toward providing meals and transportation in my absence so I want feel so guilty about being away.

So any amount given will be greatly appreciated and utilized to the fullest.  Should I raise more than my goal, the remaining funds will be used toward funeral expenses and paying medical bills that still outstanding.

Your consideration in assisting in this wish is greatly appreciated.
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