Help Maria Back on Her Feet

$49,586 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 588 people in 16 months
I am no longer looking for Financial Aid. I am keeping this open to share my recovery and updates.

My name is Maria Tornberg. For you who know me, know me as a person full of energy. How hard I work and how much I've accomplished. I am a self taught photographer, and have acted in several movies and TV-shows like Super Troopers, 2 1/2 Men and Days Of Our Lives. I never sit still. I left Sweden and family behind at the age of fifteen to follow my dreams to be an artist and never stopped moving.

This September, I endured a horrific incident when someone was breaking down my door and I had to escape out of a high second story window onto concrete to save my life.

I suffered life threatening injuries, completely shattered both of my heels which had to be put together with three different emergency surgeries. I also fractured the T12 vertebrae of my spine, and I broke both hands, leaving me with casts on every limb.


After a long hospital stay, I am faced with being wheelchair-bound and heal for 4-6 months before I get back on my feet again, and that's just where the physical rehabilitation and real work begins for me.

For an uncertain amount of time, I won't be able to work. 

I am humbly asking for your donation. To get me back on my feet. I need help to survive.

The funds will pay for rent, food and bills and recovery needs until I'm able to start working again. The medical bills are mounting beyond comprehension, my bank account is tapped and I'm desperate. 

Since I couldn't afford to hire a nurse and have no family to take care of me, Cameron McHarg decided to care for the first few months. I'm now taking my first steps and am able to care for myself in my home but have a long way to go before I'm fully recovered and able to get back to work 100%.


Your donation will allow me to focus on healing without the fear of loosing my home and the fear of not being able to survive during this ordeal. 

Any amount will be deeply appreciated. No donation is too small.

I will keep you updated, share the progress of my recovery and be in personal contact with anyone who wishes me to. As I heal, I will share my story with you on my facebok page:
Facebook

Not only will I walk again but I will run again. I will dance, I will act and shoot again. I will be stronger than ever. I will get back on my feet. 


But I can't do it without you, and I look forward to being able to stand up and thank you in person one day soon.
I'm also asking you to please share this with your friends.

Please take care of yourselves, and be extra safe. 

God bless you.
Maria

Here's a video of my stay in the hospital. Some of it can be hard to watch.








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Whenever I see a person in a wheelchair on the street, seemingly homeless and in despair I am reminded of how that could have been me. I am now driving and every day on my way to the gym, I drive by unfortunate people. Everytime I see people in despair I am reminded of my trauma, of how easy it is to fall in between the cracks. I fell, and I fell so hard in between the cracks and I was so close to losing everything. I keep saying I lost everything but then I slap myself and go: You didn't! "You had hundreds of strangers helping you and that is why you are here now, driving, recovering, thriving!" I would not be here if it hadn't been for all of you helping me. I am keeping this Gofundme site opened to share my recovery but I am no longer asking for financial help. You all helped me get through the first year of recovery and helped me get back on my feet. Without you I would have lost my home, my ability to recover, to get the help and care I needed. I am now paying it forward because of all of you. I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am and overtime I extending the love you showed me. You all made me a better person. I now believe in true love. Love that is not selfish. You gave me love and care, unselfishly. Many of you were anonymous givers and you gave from your hearts. I am dedicated to share that love with others in need. I am doing very well, thanks to all of you. I got to keep my home, my sanity and well being because of all of you. I was incapable of doing it on my own, in the state I was. I am not only walking but am working out, determined to be in the best shape of my life. My feet and back are still hurting and every day is a battle. Every day I wake up feeling like a brick, stiff and hurting and my first steps are incredible painful but I am fighting for all of us, to not be a victim but to thrive. I am fighting for us all, to make you proud of me and to feel that all your hard earning is for a cause worth fighting for. I won't give up. I am strong and resilient.I have adopted a little dog who need rescue. Recovery is possible. I couldn't have done that unless I had my home. Thank you again and again for your kindness. Now, when I see myself in the mirror, working out, my muscles growing, I am so aware that it is thanks to all of you. I am dedicated to help others, as you helped me. God bless you all for believing in me, for not asking for anything back. I believe in the human goodness. You have all helped me get back on my feet and I will never forget what you did for me at my darkest.
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You have all been so incredibly supportive and caring and it has helped me in my recovery. This Christmas I have been sleeping so much and sometimes just find myself sitting on my coach staring into space for hours, sometimes crying, but crying of relief , just being, letting myself be , feeling everything I never allowed myself to feel. I have been working out, pushing myself, finding out how strong I am. My home is my sanctuary, the home I would have lost without your help. My home is where the crime happened and many people told me to move and I said no. 'My memories will follow me wherever I go and I love my home. I don't have the finances and strength to move, let me stay in my home." All of you helped me stay in my home and recover. If I has lost my home on top of everything, I don't know if I had been here or on the street today. Every day when I go to my physical therapy I see a man on the corner of santa Monica and Highland, he's dancing, unaware of his surrounding. He's not well, he needs help. I'm sitting in my car watching him and I know he didn't get the help I got from you. I am so fortunate. I am committed to help other people as you helped me. Many people think I was fortunate, and I was, but I wasn't wealthy enough to handle the incident that I was a victim of. None of you questioned me, none of you blamed me, none of you even asked me what happened, you just gave without an explanation. You just gave. I want you to to know that all your contribution has been helping me recover and I am forever grateful. I am working out now, I am dancing, I am thriving. I am still in pain and still have a surgery to go but I am safe in my home and I get to rest and take time to myself and heal because of all of you. I still have PTSD and am dealing with the aftermath of the trauma but I know it's all healing. Remember god will not forget what you did for me. Thank you all and God bless.
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It's been 12 months since my life changed forever. My ligaments, nerves and tendons are still healing but I have a sense of the physical long term complications. I have had to change the way I live my life. I have more muscle mass than I ever had yet every morning I have to start over and if I push myself too hard, I need two days to rest in bed. Pain is always present yet pain is not what scares me, what scares me is the physical limitations. There are just certain things I won't be bale to do again. Looking at me you wouldn't know what I struggle with every day and it's been very hard when people say: "I'm so glad you are fully recovered". No one knows what I've felt, seen and what i live with every day. The crime I was a victim of has made me feel very lonely, especially around people who knew me before. They are waiting for Maria to come back. But Maria is no longer. I grief her just as much as they do. I thought the one year anniversary of my healing would be a celebration, full of joy, and parts of it were. I spent a day on the beach remembering where I was one year ago, in the hospital connected to tubes in a shattered body. And here I was, free, feeling the cool water on my feet, arms stretched out, free from toxic relationships I was trapped in. Thank you God, "Praise the Lord!", yet the darkness hit me when I looked around at people. Like a soldier coming home from from war, I no longer know who I am. I witnessed my own slow death during five months and the death of my animals, my career that I had built since the age of fifteen, my savings, my identity and the relationships to friends and family members. There were many nights I was on the floor begging for mercy and there was none. I found myself alone, immobile in my apt. My existence had turned into a living hell and I thought it would never end. But in February I started to feel empowered again and within a couple of months I felt as if I could take on the world and I was able to visit my family in Europe. I revisited my past and started to see patterns, why I had made the choices I did and how the darkness had found it's way in to my life. It was painful yet liberating. I was able to start to separate myself from the trauma. Layers of false self fell off me and started to mourn Maria who had became a victim of violent men. There has been no earthly justice. And then I started to get angry. Angry with anyone who ever utters the words: "At least...You should be grateful...it could have been worse, it's behind you". What the hell do they know? I had been so focused on getting my body back, to bargain with God, to be grateful, to show myself I will be able to run and dance and work again. My job up until then had been a physical recovery. But then when I came back to LA, I started to get flashbacks, I started to remember details, voices, and many questions got answered. I am pissed off. I am pissed off at the people who hurt me who walk free and move on. And then I woke up last night after a dream of feeling free. I was injured and hurt but I am the one who is free. They are forever trapped in lies and denial and repeating patterns. I have had the opportunity to die and come back, to start over to break old patterns and the secrets of life whispered in my ears. God know I am ready for the next step. The road to self discovery and truth is lonely and often people who thought they knew you will become strangers. Maria they knew died that morning, the one fighting for my life is my spirit, the one connected to the source, to God. All the layers, the one who chose the abusive relationship, the one who fights the wind, the scared little girl...all are fighting to stay and my task now is to stay connected, even when it feels lonely and even if I loose people I am attached to, to the source, to God, the one and only. The one that saved my body and carried me through. Without you all, I wouldn't have been able to take this journey. Last night I took an uber and an old song came on "I wish I could turn back the clock" by Johnny Hates Jazz and I started to sing along. The driver asked me: "Do you wish you could turn back the clock?"
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It's been 12 months since my life changed forever. My ligaments, nerves and tendons are still healing but I have a sense of the physical long term complications. I have had to change the way I live my life. I have more muscle mass than I ever had yet every morning I have to start over and if I push myself too hard, I need two days to rest in bed. Pain is always present yet pain is not what scares me, what scares me is the physical limitations. There are just certain things I won't be bale to do again. Looking at me you wouldn't know what I struggle with every day and it's been very hard when people say: "I'm so glad you are fully recovered". No one knows what I've felt, seen and what i live with every day. The crime I was a victim of has made me feel very lonely, especially around people who knew me before. They are waiting for Maria to come back. But Maria is no longer. I grief her just as much as they do. I thought the one year anniversary of my healing would be a celebration, full of joy, and parts of it were. I spent a day on the beach remembering where I was one year ago, in the hospital connected to tubes in a shattered body. And here I was, free, feeling the cool water on my feet, arms stretched out, free from toxic relationships I was trapped in. Thank you God, "Praise the Lord!", yet the darkness hit me when I looked around at people. Like a soldier coming home from from war, I no longer know who I am. I witnessed my own slow death during five months and the death of my animals, my career that I had built since the age of fifteen, my savings, my identity and the relationships to friends and family members. There were many nights I was on the floor begging for mercy and there was none. I found myself alone, immobile in my apt. My existence had turned into a living hell and I thought it would never end. But in February I started to feel empowered again and within a couple of months I felt as if I could take on the world and I was able to visit my family in Europe. I revisited my past and started to see patterns, why I had made the choices I did and how the darkness had found it's way in to my life. It was painful yet liberating. I was able to start to separate myself from the trauma. Layers of false self fell off me and started to mourn Maria who had became a victim of violent men. There has been no earthly justice. And then I started to get angry. Angry with anyone who ever utters the words: "At least...You should be grateful...it could have been worse, it's behind you". What the hell do they know? I had been so focused on getting my body back, to bargain with God, to be grateful, to show myself I will be able to run and dance and work again. My job up until then had been a physical recovery. But then when I came back to LA, I started to get flashbacks, I started to remember details, voices, and many questions got answered. I am pissed off. I am pissed off at the people who hurt me who walk free and move on. And then I woke up last night after a dream of feeling free. I was injured and hurt but I am the one who is free. They are forever trapped in lies and denial and repeating patterns. I have had the opportunity to die and come back, to start over to break old patterns and the secrets of life whispered in my ears. God know I am ready for the next step. The road to self discovery and truth is lonely and often people who thought they knew you will become strangers. Maria they knew died that morning, the one fighting for my life is my spirit, the one connected to the source, to God. All the layers, the one who chose the abusive relationship, the one who fights the wind, the scared little girl...all are fighting to stay and my task now is to stay connected, even when it feels lonely and even if I loose people I am attached to, to the source, to God, the one and only. The one that saved my body and carried me through. Without you all, I wouldn't have been able to take this journey. Last night I took an uber and an old song came on "I wish I could turn back the clock" by Johnny Hates Jazz and I started to sing along. The driver asked me: "Do you wish you could turn back the clock?" I smiled...
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Terry Mushat
16 months ago
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I'm sorry to hear about your situation I'm 10 weeks post op 3 surgerys shattered heel it is a thing to go through it looks like your a fighter so try to stay positive I kno it's hard but Remember each day gets better

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Rachel McMurray
16 months ago
2
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It's gonna be okay Sister. You made it out alive. That's the important thing. This is only something that happened to you. It doesn't define you. You can do this.

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Becky Sue Lensbouer
16 months ago
1
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Praying for a quick recovery and a get well soon from myself and two daughters. I'm sry I don't have any money to donate but if I did u would def give to help u out. I've seen what u have been through when I had worked in nursing homes and all I can say is damn girl ur one hell of a fighter. Keep up the positive attitude and u will be back to the work u love. P.S We enjoyed watching u in Super Troopers. Take Care Meow!!!

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Megan Unsworth
16 months ago
1
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I am so sorry that this situation happened to you! Sending you love and prayers and a donation to help out!! #Lipsticksister

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Nikki O'Neill
16 months ago
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Det här är ju förfärligt, jag saknar ord, Maria! Jag kommer absolut att göra en donation. Vet ju hur hemskt det är med amerikanska sjukhusräkningar. Hoppas allt löser sig och att du blir helt återställd snart!

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Becky Sue Lensbouer
16 months ago

I meant I would definitely give not u sry dumb cell phone lol

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Jessica McClain
16 months ago

My gosh? How terrible. My heart and prayers go out to you. What happened to leave you in this horrific condition?? Was your building on fire?

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Todd Jackson
12 days ago

Get well soon, God Bless you and hope to see you up and about soon!

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Katherine Jimenez Winston
1 month ago

Happy new year Maria! I'm so glad to hear that you continue to grow stronger by the day. Thank you for the update - big hugs from the Winstons.

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Michael Miller
1 month ago

glad you are doing well. You might want to skip the street names, might be too much information for the internet in general. i was in that part of town many years ago for a project. i picked up a journal at what i think was a barnes and nobles not to far from the beach and just sort of walked around on a weekend. I wrote a lot in that journal. It might be very therapeutic for you too. -way out in georgia

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Angela Woods
4 months ago

I have wondered how you were doing, and was happy to find an update! Never stop living. When you stop, they win. I love that you haven't forgotten about God, as He is always with you even when you think you are alone. He wants to see us fight, wants to see our character. I've had to put all of my faith and trust and hope in Him because I surely don't have control of all this mess. I live by the verse from Phillipians 4:13--"I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me." I have to repeat that several times a day when I feel weak. This life is short so I hope to live in a way that pleases Him so that I may enjoy the peace and freedom and love of heaven. God bless you, Maria!

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Mills Chapman
5 months ago

Thanks for the update, Maria! I don't know how I heard your story, but I was inspired and contributed. I wish you well on your journey! - Mills in the City of Brotherly Love

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Selina Nunn
6 months ago

Much love, Thankyou for sharing and updating your journey, I'm so happy to hear you are back with your family - I donated a long while ago - and have continued to follow your journey ❤️

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Selina Nunn
9 months ago

I love what you have written and how you have explained Trauma - I understand - its wonderful to get your updates and see your photos xx thankyou - for sharing your journey - the highs and lows xx

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Amy Jane
11 months ago

I sent you a private FB message. I just learned of your horrific accident and miraculous escape. I am adding you to the prayer list at my church and praying for you daily for a miraculous recovery. I will donate a bit each month to help out. I'm on disability myself, but I know every donation, big or small helps. Light and love to you. You are a bright light full of strength, a strong will to live, and hope. One day at a time. ♥

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Nick Serikstad
11 months ago

Please feel free to reach out to me if you need someone to talk to! I hope you are getting better. Staying positive and realizing there is a light at the end of the tunnel is key. The power of positivity.

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Tina Few-Carey
13 months ago

Sorry about your accident. I too, am suffering, but from a head in collision on September 8th. Hot by someone on high on meth n drunk I have a broken neck, 2nd vertebrae and been homebound since then except for dr appts. I havent rec'd any money yet from his insurance and probably wont, because my medical bills will take it all. Now, unemployed and no income. I pray for your healing and ability to be fully healed.

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Meryl S. Cohen
13 months ago

LAUGHING WITH JOY AND TEARS IN MY EYES!!!!! WHAT A TRIUMPH. AND YOUR SMILE IS THE BEST OF ALL. WAITING FOR YOU FIRST GRAND JETE...

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Jodi Garrigan
13 months ago

I will try to donate over the weekend take care

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Avis Wrentmore
13 months ago

Dear Sweet Maria, I love your enthusiasm, so happy for you. You are on your way. Hope to see you this week later. This is so wonderful. Congrats. All your determination and faith is shining through. Blessings and continued healing.

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7 months ago
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Jeremy @ Naoko Morley
7 months ago
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Hello Maria, I really hope your doing well. Stay strong and you'll be dancing in no time. Just save me a dance:)

SB
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selma B
7 months ago

Warrior girl. You are not alone.

$5
Anonymous
8 months ago
CO
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Chris O'Keefe
9 months ago

Wishing you the best!

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Anonymous
11 months ago
$25
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11 months ago
Terry Mushat
16 months ago
3
3

I'm sorry to hear about your situation I'm 10 weeks post op 3 surgerys shattered heel it is a thing to go through it looks like your a fighter so try to stay positive I kno it's hard but Remember each day gets better

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Rachel McMurray
16 months ago
2
2

It's gonna be okay Sister. You made it out alive. That's the important thing. This is only something that happened to you. It doesn't define you. You can do this.

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Becky Sue Lensbouer
16 months ago
1
1

Praying for a quick recovery and a get well soon from myself and two daughters. I'm sry I don't have any money to donate but if I did u would def give to help u out. I've seen what u have been through when I had worked in nursing homes and all I can say is damn girl ur one hell of a fighter. Keep up the positive attitude and u will be back to the work u love. P.S We enjoyed watching u in Super Troopers. Take Care Meow!!!

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Megan Unsworth
16 months ago
1
1

I am so sorry that this situation happened to you! Sending you love and prayers and a donation to help out!! #Lipsticksister

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Nikki O'Neill
16 months ago
1
1

Det här är ju förfärligt, jag saknar ord, Maria! Jag kommer absolut att göra en donation. Vet ju hur hemskt det är med amerikanska sjukhusräkningar. Hoppas allt löser sig och att du blir helt återställd snart!

+ Read More
Becky Sue Lensbouer
16 months ago

I meant I would definitely give not u sry dumb cell phone lol

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Jessica McClain
16 months ago

My gosh? How terrible. My heart and prayers go out to you. What happened to leave you in this horrific condition?? Was your building on fire?

+ Read More
Todd Jackson
12 days ago

Get well soon, God Bless you and hope to see you up and about soon!

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Katherine Jimenez Winston
1 month ago

Happy new year Maria! I'm so glad to hear that you continue to grow stronger by the day. Thank you for the update - big hugs from the Winstons.

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Michael Miller
1 month ago

glad you are doing well. You might want to skip the street names, might be too much information for the internet in general. i was in that part of town many years ago for a project. i picked up a journal at what i think was a barnes and nobles not to far from the beach and just sort of walked around on a weekend. I wrote a lot in that journal. It might be very therapeutic for you too. -way out in georgia

+ Read More
Angela Woods
4 months ago

I have wondered how you were doing, and was happy to find an update! Never stop living. When you stop, they win. I love that you haven't forgotten about God, as He is always with you even when you think you are alone. He wants to see us fight, wants to see our character. I've had to put all of my faith and trust and hope in Him because I surely don't have control of all this mess. I live by the verse from Phillipians 4:13--"I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me." I have to repeat that several times a day when I feel weak. This life is short so I hope to live in a way that pleases Him so that I may enjoy the peace and freedom and love of heaven. God bless you, Maria!

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Mills Chapman
5 months ago

Thanks for the update, Maria! I don't know how I heard your story, but I was inspired and contributed. I wish you well on your journey! - Mills in the City of Brotherly Love

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Selina Nunn
6 months ago

Much love, Thankyou for sharing and updating your journey, I'm so happy to hear you are back with your family - I donated a long while ago - and have continued to follow your journey ❤️

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Selina Nunn
9 months ago

I love what you have written and how you have explained Trauma - I understand - its wonderful to get your updates and see your photos xx thankyou - for sharing your journey - the highs and lows xx

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Amy Jane
11 months ago

I sent you a private FB message. I just learned of your horrific accident and miraculous escape. I am adding you to the prayer list at my church and praying for you daily for a miraculous recovery. I will donate a bit each month to help out. I'm on disability myself, but I know every donation, big or small helps. Light and love to you. You are a bright light full of strength, a strong will to live, and hope. One day at a time. ♥

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Nick Serikstad
11 months ago

Please feel free to reach out to me if you need someone to talk to! I hope you are getting better. Staying positive and realizing there is a light at the end of the tunnel is key. The power of positivity.

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Tina Few-Carey
13 months ago

Sorry about your accident. I too, am suffering, but from a head in collision on September 8th. Hot by someone on high on meth n drunk I have a broken neck, 2nd vertebrae and been homebound since then except for dr appts. I havent rec'd any money yet from his insurance and probably wont, because my medical bills will take it all. Now, unemployed and no income. I pray for your healing and ability to be fully healed.

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Meryl S. Cohen
13 months ago

LAUGHING WITH JOY AND TEARS IN MY EYES!!!!! WHAT A TRIUMPH. AND YOUR SMILE IS THE BEST OF ALL. WAITING FOR YOU FIRST GRAND JETE...

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Jodi Garrigan
13 months ago

I will try to donate over the weekend take care

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Avis Wrentmore
13 months ago

Dear Sweet Maria, I love your enthusiasm, so happy for you. You are on your way. Hope to see you this week later. This is so wonderful. Congrats. All your determination and faith is shining through. Blessings and continued healing.

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