A helping hand

$4,140 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 61 months
My mom is probably the strongest woman I have ever met in my life. She is always optimistic and has the kindest heart. She will go out of her way to help anyone in a time of need, but right now she needs our help!

Last Sunday, October 6, 2013, my mom (Shari Aldrich) participated in Tough Mudder. Long story short - the day didn't end well. She was injured on an obstacle and was transported to the hospital. She injured her pinkie finger on her dominant hand, and it was amputated that same day.

My mom is a massage therapist, and an amazing one at that. Her hands are her life, her career.

She is scheduled for surgery on Monday morning, and is looking at a recovery time of at least 2 months, potentially longer. There is no guarantee with this kind of thing. Though, I have no doubts that she will come out of this stronger than ever!

This tragic event is going to affect her financially. Between medical bills and the inability to work for the foreseeable future, she could use our help!

Thank you in advance, and please keep her in your thoughts!
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X-ray of her hand today shows how far down the metacarpal bone Dr. Byrd cut. He asked if Shari was happy with the outcome and she said yes, he did a fantastic job.
X-ray of Shari's hand after surgery
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2 1/2 weeks have passed since Shari's surgery. Physical Therapy is in full swing and going well. She is still 2-3 weeks out from performing massage, but started teaching lecture based classes at school this last week.

Stitches were removed from her hand last Tuesday which has been both good and bad. Good - stitches are out. Bad - more challenges with range of motion that are being addressed in therapy. Pain is tolerable, 1-2 most days.

Shari is ready to get back to work. She is extremely motivated, but is following doctors orders to ensure an optimal recovery with the least chance to injure herself further.

We've passed the 50% mark towards our fundraising goal. We feel so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people and their generosity. Thank you!
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Shari's post from Monday on Facebook:

"Today, I saw my hand for the first time. It was tough emotionally. I'm glad to have that behind me and am looking forward to healing - inside and out. Today was another good day for pain. Holding around a 3 most of the day without Percocet. Thank you for your continued well-wishes!"

Monday she began physical therapy. She will continue to have it several times a week for the next few weeks along with massage therapy.

Thank you everyone for your continued support and well wishes! We truly appreciate them :)
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Shari is continuing to rest and recover at home. Pain is currently being managed with medicine and she starts physical therapy on Monday.

Monthly bills have started to roll in. We appreciate your thoughts and support that have been received already. Thank you so very much!
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Shelli Overbey Hooten
61 months ago

So thrilled to the love & support for a dear friend!

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$4,140 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 61 months
Created October 11, 2013
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59 months ago

We hope your recovery from injury is going smoothly and you will be back to your usual awesome self soon!

Shuna Morelli
60 months ago

A huge "Thank You" Shari for so many things... Your courage, leadership, and your positive upbeat attitude toward life. I appreciate you!

Erin Adams
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Grearson Merey
61 months ago

So glad to hear that you're on the road to recovery.


Sending love from our Fit Body Family and wishes for a speedy recovery.

Benjamin McDonald
61 months ago

Sending you warmth & love.

Shelli Overbey Hooten
61 months ago

So thrilled to the love & support for a dear friend!

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