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Help and Hope for Tricia and Ashley

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Raised by 101 people in 7 months
Created July 8, 2017
Some of you may or may not know on July 3rd, 2017, my daughter Ashley’s partner, Tricia, was involved in an ATV accident that has thrown a curveball in the trajectory of her life.  Tricia suffered a severe spinal cord injury as a result of this accident.  Thanks to the efforts of my son, Joseph, who was able to pull the ATV off of Tricia and call 911 immediately; she was air lifted to Shands in Gainesville, Florida.
 
Tricia is alive and moving forward as she recovers and looks to the future.   She underwent a 6 hour surgery to help repair her spinal cord. Thanks to the surgeon, nurses and physical therapists in the intensive care unit at Shands Hospital, Tricia will be transferred to a Rehabilitation facility within the next few weeks.

Tricia has life changing injuries and will need massive amounts of therapy for many months to come.  Ashley and Tricia both work and live in South Carolina.  The accident happened here in Florida. With all the “unknowns” as the exact location of the Rehabilitation facility this poses a huge burden on the family.  Ashley will soon have to return to her job in North Carolina and continue to work, manage their home in South Carolina while trying to serve as an outstanding caregiver, supporter and partner to  Tricia. 
 
Tricia is 28 years old and her livelihood is based on health as the fitness and wellness assistant director at Clemson University and a recently certified health coach. This will be a new long road ahead.  Not to mention the hospital bills, therapy, rehab facilities, occupational therapist; as well as therapy for both, and traveling expenses.

To say that Tricia has been brave is no understatement.  Her first quote for her hospital white board was “Be a badass like Uma Thurman” . She has endured a painful surgery and in the future grueling physical therapy sessions.  She is facing this with a realistic and positive mindset.  She will prevail and live life with the best possible outcome.  Her positive outlook is one to be admired, Ashley has shared with me that she is determined that no matter her mobility status, nothing will be off limits to her.  At this point she has mobility in her upper body and sensory but not mobility in her lower. She will be the one to work her butt off to beat the statistics. She knows with confidence with the right tools and right people along her path she will walk again. 

As you are aware, not all expenses are covered by health insurance.  This is an unintended tragic event in our family, affecting every aspect of our lives.

In order to decrease the financial burdens that will confront them, we invite you to contribute what you can to our daughters.  We humbly thank you for your generosity from all of our hearts.

After all, the bonds of affection that we all share with one another are the greatest gifts we can give. 

Love, Tracy
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Hi everyone. Sorry it's been awhile since I updated.
Trish has been officially released from Craig's Hospital and she and Ashley are making their way back to South Carolina. She made some great strides at Craig's and we can't thank Craig's enough for their world class nurses, therapists and doctors and the care that they gave Trish (and Ashley too).
With that being said Trish and Ashley will have new challenges once they get home to South Carolina and I would like to continue this gofundme so that they will have some help with some of the obstacles they will face.
Please continue to share and thank you for all your support.
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We need to keep this going so that this girl has every available resource.

day 71 : mom: can you crawl? me: no……oh…..urmmm, welp i guess i can?!
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gotta learn to crawl before i can walk #developmentalsequencing
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i guess that also applies to all areas of life. i met a former patient today who was 14 months out and walking really well. he told me you just can’t force things - they come on their own when they’re ready.
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also good life advice.
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#scirecovery
#headbandsandhightops
#spinalcordinjury
#extrarepsfortrish
#trishstrong
#wheelchairlife (at Craig Hospital)
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I think it's best to update with day 67 of Tricia's blog. Trish is being "officially released from Craig Hospital but will remain there for a couple weeks as an outpatient before returning to South Carolina. Please continue to pray and share this page so we can continue to get Trish and Ashley some extra help they are going to need.

day 67 : being silly makes me feel free and happy.
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(not pictured - me wiggling my hips because i can and i like it. also, the reason for @crewsy2012’s face)
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today i had an important #sci classification test re-administered to me and i am now considered an asia c instead of an asia b which means my chances of walking again have significantly improved!!!
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for comparison, being able to walk completely normally is considered an asia e. i’m only two steps away but asia e is my goal and i’m coming for it!
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just a little education for #spinalcordinjuryawarenessmonth.
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don’t forget to love yourself today!
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#headbandsandhightops
#spinalcordinjury
#extrarepsfortrish
#trishstrong
#wheelchairlife (at Craig Hospital)
Day 67
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Hi Everyone. Thank you for your continued support. Prayers and shares.

I want to keep you updated of what's going on. Tricia had her surgery a week ago. It was a pretty rough week for her. The day of the surgery and the first few days thereafter, she was in a lot of pain and it took a lot to get her out of pain so she was pretty loopy. But doing better now.

The surgery went well and they moved her yesterday afternoon back to Craig so she'll begin again her therapy sessions.

As always you can read about Tricia's ups and downs and in and outs on her blog #HeadbandsAndHighTops

In her own words from day 41 : finally i'm sure what you've all been waiting for! i'm alive and well and feeling good!
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cleared to be out of this hospital, so i will be heading back to craig tomorrow morning.
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i truly believe a lot of my pain was coming from screws going in incorrect places among other dangerous things as a result of my first surgery.

Again thank you and please share. Trisha will be at Craig's a while longer and then once release will have to make lots of changes. So whatever we can do to help.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart
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