It's been a while since my last update. Things have been quiet while Deb has been recovering.
She's doing great. She's starting to regain some balance function and actually walked without assistance this weekend. Her strength and movement are fine, it's just her balance centers which were thrown out of whack by the surgery and it will just take some time for them to recover. Many of the other complications from the surgery are also getting better a little every day. She is impatient with the progress, but I see improvement every time I see her.
Her good friend from childhood, Doroti , has graciously taken a few weeks off from her job and flown in from London to help her out until her sister, Francis, gets here later this month.
We start Chemotherapy next week. Not too sure what sorts of side effects there will be and whether she'll want visitors or not for a few days, so it's probably best to call/visit this week if you want to see her.
Her attitude is still strong and positive, despite the daily frustrations, slow recovery from the surgery and the impending unpleasantness of chemo. She doesn't do pity, she doesn't complain, she doesn't spend all day asking "why me?" Mostly, she sees the situation as part of God's plan for her, and that fighting with the reality, won't change anything. She is truly a remarkable, beautiful, selfless and inspiring woman.
No wonder I'm crazy about her :)
Keep her in your thoughts and prayers. They mean a lot.
It's been a little while since we posted an update, we hope you are all doing well. As you may know Debora is back at home now with a live-in nurse. This is a step forward, but she still has a long road ahead of her. She continues to fight every day, and is truly an inspiration. Still, she can definitely use your love and support
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Deb left the rehabilitation Hospital today! That's good news. She's doing very well.
She's starting to walk again. She still needs a lot of help, but she's getting there.
Her speech has gotten much better since the vocal cord surgery.
So she left the clinic today and went home. She has a 24 hour a day nurse that her family flew in from Brazil to take care of things. That's a relief, knowing that she has somebody who knows what they're doing there with her 24/7.
Elaine, Debs sister had to head back to England to see if she still had a job (jk, but she WAS here a month - we Americans would typically be fired or replaced after a month)
She was fantastic to have here and left everything in an extreme state of organization (those of you who know her will understand)
The floor nurses had a party when she left because they could finally rest and take a breath :D - just kidding, Elaine
Basic summary, Debs doing well. We're still waiting on "next step" decisions, but she's home now and concentrating on getting back to life
Thanks again to all those who have been so helpful and supportive
Just left the Rehab facility. She's doing well. Getting a little better every day. She's now sitting up on her own but she's a bit unbalanced still.
Next Tuesday she's having two small surgeries. Both are small and easy and she'll be back at the facility that afternoon.
She's had lots of visitors! I know she appreciates them all - even if it tires her out rather quickly. So keep visiting, but keep them short :)
A quick shout out to all of the wonderful people from her church. What a fantastic and inspiring community of good people. Every day I'm amazed at the attention and support that they have provided to Deb during this tough time. From good friends to near strangers, they have shown up to lend a hand, an ear or a prayer.
Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of updates recently, there has been a lot going on!
First off, Debora has been moved from her room at the Florida Hospital to a rehabilitation clinic where she will continue her recovery. According to her sister Francis, she is doing a little better every day. I'm sure knowing that she has the support of so many wonderful people is a great encouragement!
In other news, an article explaining Debora's struggle has been published in Central Florida Futures, the University of Central Florida student newspaper. This is an amazing opportunity for the word to spread both on campus and on the Web, and it lends a lot of credibility to what we're doing here. If you'd like to read the story, please go to the following link: http://goo.gl/c89kI
As always, thanks to all who have donated so far, and please share the link with your friends and family!
We're making progress every day, thanks to all who have donated so far! If you aren't able to donate, please consider sharing the link to spread the word. Debora's strength during this ordeal is truly inspiring.
I want to thank each one of you very much for the generous donations, and for expressing your care and support. So far we have raised $3,755. I think of these donations as love materialized for our beloved Debora.
She has been experiencing some issues related to the recovery, but she is moving in the right direction. Fortunately, her mom, sisters, and boyfriend have been by her side giving her constant attention, love, and support. As Deb's student and friend, I feel very fortunate to be able to express my love, care, and support for her by donating. As her sister Elaine mentioned, Deb's recovery is going to be a long one, so I am positive there will be many useful ways in which she will use the money.
Finally, I wanted to ask you to please share this page with your own friends, family, and on your social media sites. I believe there are many people out there who would love to contribute to this cause.
Thank you all again, and I hope you are having a good weekend.
"Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise."
Leyla & I just received word from Debora's boyfriend Patrick that she was out of her hospital bed today and sat in the chair in her room for a few hours! This is great news, but she still has a long road ahead to a full recovery.
Hello dear friends, family, and others. This page was created to help Debora Cordeiro, our beautiful friend, sister, daughter, girlfriend, UCF professor, and mentor cover her current/future medical bills and postoperative expenses during the most difficult time in her life.
At the beginning of this year, she found out that she had a brain tumor. She began her recovery after a surgery in April, and was living on her own for a while. However, the tumor has returned and she just went through fifteen hours of brain surgery yesterday (9/5/2012). The pathology of this tumor is still unknown to the surgeons and doctors, so the length of her hospital stay at this time is indefinite.
I know she truly appreciates all of your prayers and positive thoughts, but as you may know insurance only covers so much of the costs, and several weeks (and counting) in the ICU is no small cost to bear. We are asking anyone with the means to please donate whatever you can to help Debora cover her current/future medical expenses, as well as her living expenses once she is in recovery.
NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL! Thank you so much for any help, and please SHARE THIS on Facebook, Twitter, and the rest!!!
VERY IMPORTANT DONATION NOTE: I just went through the donation process myself, and I see that it states that I "will receive your payment directly". This is only because I have set up the donation page. I can assure you that members of Debora's immediate family have access to the financial details, including any withdrawals. Please DO NOT let your possible reservations about my name being there prevent you from helping Debora, which is what this is all about.