Olivia Blue is many things: an artist, an adoring animal lover, an ally to the plants and flowers, a compassionate partner, a loyal friend and loving daughter. She is also my sister. She was recently in a violent and traumatic accident, and she needs our help.
Anyone who has the privilege of knowing Olivia knows how incredibly big her heart is, and how she shows up for the people and places she loves with so much spunk, joy and “Olivia-izness” that lights up any room she enters.
She has not had an easy path in life, and I have watched her fearlessly meet battle after battle since we were kids. She was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome when she was just a baby. Commonly known as, “EDS” this rare connective tissue disorder means she bumps and bruises easily, dislocates her joints on a daily basis, has received stitches upwards of 80+ times starting at 6 months old, and lives with a high level of chronic pain that debilitates her from most activities that able-bodied people take for granted.
On Friday, February 3, 2023, Olivia was involved in a horrible dog attack that left her with a mangled arm, and serious trauma to her face. She no longer has a nose. She now has 2 plates, 8 screws and 2 pins in her arm, and fractures that will take upwards of 6-8 months to heal. She has significant ligament and nerve damage in her hand that will take 9-12 months to heal. (Hopefully)
In 4 weeks' time, she will head into the first of what we think will be 3-4 surgeries over the span of 12 months to reconstruct parts of her face.
Olivia’s body has an incredible capacity for healing. She has faced all kinds of trauma with perseverance and a positive attitude. But she’s in shock and needs our support. She will be unable to work for the foreseeable future, so these funds will alleviate the stress of suddenly becoming unemployed. There is also no guarantee her insurance will cover her new nose as it may be deemed “elective cosmetic surgery” so she is potentially facing a $40k+ medical bill. These funds will also help her in the future with laser treatment for any substantial scarring she incurs on her face, allowing her to live a more confident life. She has a long road to recovery ahead of her and every little bit counts.
This is tragic. And scary. But she will be okay, eventually. She needs to focus on healing at the moment, so let us support her in picking up some of the other pieces? I believe in the power of community to come together in times of need.
With so much love and gratitude,
Miranda Isobel, her lil sis and Emelie Winiski, her best friend