Tessa's Recovery Fund

$61,425 of $100k goal

Raised by 625 people in 22 months
Sarah Elizabeth  DALLAS, TX
Tessa suffered a severe stroke the morning of December 1, 2014 which caused paralysis on her right side & loss of speech.  After 6 months of grueling therapy she has regained the ability to walk, and continues to work hard on her speech & regaining the use of her right arm.  Currently, she's been doing intense neuro-movement therapy with world renown Anat Baniel.  She is a fighter, and we're praying for an eventual full recovery.

Your donation will help her family cover the extremely expensive medical costs and other non-medical costs related to her rehabilitation. Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated. And of course, lots of thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes are much needed.

Thank you for your support.

-The David Family
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Update 4
9 months ago

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Hello! Here's an update on Tessa! Thank you all for your love & support! Happy Holidays!
Tessa's 1 year stroke anniversary
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Update 3
12 months ago

Hello Everyone! Here's a recent video of my therapy I wanted to share with you. This is world renowned Anat Baniel working with me! I've been doing intensive therapy at her clinic for months & she's happy with my progress! I still have a long way to go but I thank you all from the bottom of my heart! This wouldn't be possible without your support & donations! Much love Tessa!
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Update 2
15 months ago

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First and foremost, Tessa wants to thank everyone for all the support you have shown these past few months. Whether it has been financial or in spirit, she has been beyond blessed to have received them all.

Tessa, as we have been blessed enough to witness, has made unbelievable progress. She finished her in-patient therapy in Bloomington IN, began treatment with world renowned Anat Baniel in California, and is continuing the neuromovement therapy back in Dallas.

With all these blessings being counted, it is with a humble and grateful heart that we are asking for your help. With this type of treatment we know comes great financial stress. This is a stress we can carry FOR Tessa. This is how we can all be Tessa Strong too.

Tessa is fighting (and kicking butt) at a battle that would break even the strongest of us. I ask we continue to rally together for this beautiful soul by giving $1, $5, $10, $20. You can make a difference & continue to follow her journey! THANK YOU!
Tessa Update
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Update 1
22 months ago

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Thank you all SO much for your support. We are overwhelmed by all the love, prayers, and generosity.

We are posting updates on her condition to this Facebook page-
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayers-for-Tessa/385781748265043?fref=nf

-The David Family
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Jesse Veness
14 months ago
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Dear Tessa You can get better. I to had a stroke in 2008 when I was 21. I shared a lot of the same deficits you have been dealing with the Dr. said I wouldn't be able to walk or talk again both of which I have been doing for years. You have a strong mind and that is where your real power resides. I had to learn the whole alphabet again too. Learning how to read and write again was amongst the hardest things I had to relearn. Think of how lucky you are to be living at this time when you can get better from strokes even 50 years ago they thought that what you have lost was gone but we now know that is not the case. You can reach any goal it takes hard work and a belief you can achieve it. Both of those things will get tested eventually so just believe and work hard even when things aren't going that well and you will bust through the ruts. It looks like you are doing great at the rehab. However as I have learned there are so many different ways which you can heal yourself and if you use a combinations of different things they have the ability to work together and work off of one another to achieve a high level of recovery and success. I would love to give money unfortunately I am just keeping afloat as I am still focused on my recovery even now. However I could help with knowledge as I had to figure a lot of this stuff out on my own and I often think of how much it would have helped if I had started many of the things I had tried sooner in my quest for recovery. This message is getting too long and I could write forever. I hope someone reads this as I am sure that I can help and lead you to options that you are not aware of yet. I am just about to meditate and I will send positive energy your way Tessa. You can do whatever you put your mind too you can do it Tessa. Sincerely Jesse Veness

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Karla Ruiz Kirkegaard
9 months ago

Sweet Tessa, I am so proud of you! I know the road is a long, hard one, but you are navigating it marvelously! You have such a beautiful spirit. It shows in your eyes and your words. I will continue to pray for a full recovery and that the Lord gives you strength when you feel weak. If you are ever in the San Diego area, please look me up. You will always have a place to stay here. Much love, prayers and hugs, Karla (Monica Gutierrez's cousin)

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Angel Leonard
14 months ago

I wish i could donate but i just started a new job. You are a strong person.you are in my prayers. My grandfather was killed by a stoke.The only thing i can say is when is gets rough turn to god he will help you. God Bess you

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Bill Connors
14 months ago

Best of luck with your recovery. IF you have questions about speech, language, reading or keyboarding, I would be glad to help.

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Mickey Logan
14 months ago

Looking only at the cheerleader pictures, I would never have guessed what a strong and beautiful person lay underneath.

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Roger D. Thompson
14 months ago

i had a stroke at 46 on my birthday, right side numb, can't write but i'm still alive (thank you jesus) hang in there thank you.

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Anthony Mangiarciana
14 months ago

Best of luck to you, you have done a great job fighting to get better and I am so happy for you.

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Susie Goodman
14 months ago

Although I don't have funds to donate right now, I want to leave some encouraging words for Tessa. My husband had a stroke at 16, his whole right side was paralyzed. The first night he had a 2% chance of living. He had to learn to talk, walk, write, and read all over again. Within a few months of physical therapy he was walking again. With the support of loved ones and friends he made almost a complete recovery. At 28 he now only has some tingling in his right fingers and drags his right foot. He was a miracle and so are you. You can do it girl! I'll be praying for you and thinking of you. You got this!

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Tina Prine
14 months ago

Tessa you are a beautiful and inspiring woman inside and out! My 10 year old son Clark and I were listening to your story together and it not only touched my heart but his as well. His message for you is " you are glorious. You really are. You make me feel like I can be strong like you. I have a brain problem too. A month ago I had a siezures that made me slur when I spoke, made my head hurt real bad, made me not able to walk right any more and made me blind in one eye. It gave me problems with my memory too. I had emergency surgery to get a shunt and everything is slowly getting better. But I still have memory problems. It's called dementia. The doctor said I'm gonna have it forever. Thank you for sharing your story with us. We will pray for you to get better very soon so you can get back to cheering our colts on. I love you" ---Clark Ingle age 10. From the lips of a child may you find an even greater strength. We wish you good health, speedy recovery, lots of love and lots of support. And the strength of God. You got this!

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Brock Easley
14 months ago

Tessa, you are more than a Conqueror!!! May the Healing Hands of Jesus have a firm grip on you, my sister!!!

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Jamie Tucker
14 months ago

Keep reaching for the stars!!!

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$61,425 of $100k goal

Raised by 625 people in 22 months
Created December 3, 2014
Sarah Elizabeth  
$25
Anonymous
5 months ago (Monthly Donation)
SS
$100
Steve Shepard
6 months ago
$25
Anonymous
6 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$25
Anonymous
7 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$25
Missy Smith
8 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$25
Anonymous
8 months ago (Monthly Donation)
BP
$20
Brenda Palacios
9 months ago
1
1
$400
Elizabeth Daigle
9 months ago

Merry Christmas!! May God continue to heal you, Love, Elizabeth, Charles, Chase, Alex, Jordan and Nick Daigle

JK
$25
Jawad Khan
9 months ago

Hi Tessa, Great to see progress in your recovery; continue the hard work . My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Canada.

KS
$100
Kevin Stone
9 months ago

Best of luck in your rehab!

Jesse Veness
14 months ago
3
3

Dear Tessa You can get better. I to had a stroke in 2008 when I was 21. I shared a lot of the same deficits you have been dealing with the Dr. said I wouldn't be able to walk or talk again both of which I have been doing for years. You have a strong mind and that is where your real power resides. I had to learn the whole alphabet again too. Learning how to read and write again was amongst the hardest things I had to relearn. Think of how lucky you are to be living at this time when you can get better from strokes even 50 years ago they thought that what you have lost was gone but we now know that is not the case. You can reach any goal it takes hard work and a belief you can achieve it. Both of those things will get tested eventually so just believe and work hard even when things aren't going that well and you will bust through the ruts. It looks like you are doing great at the rehab. However as I have learned there are so many different ways which you can heal yourself and if you use a combinations of different things they have the ability to work together and work off of one another to achieve a high level of recovery and success. I would love to give money unfortunately I am just keeping afloat as I am still focused on my recovery even now. However I could help with knowledge as I had to figure a lot of this stuff out on my own and I often think of how much it would have helped if I had started many of the things I had tried sooner in my quest for recovery. This message is getting too long and I could write forever. I hope someone reads this as I am sure that I can help and lead you to options that you are not aware of yet. I am just about to meditate and I will send positive energy your way Tessa. You can do whatever you put your mind too you can do it Tessa. Sincerely Jesse Veness

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Karla Ruiz Kirkegaard
9 months ago

Sweet Tessa, I am so proud of you! I know the road is a long, hard one, but you are navigating it marvelously! You have such a beautiful spirit. It shows in your eyes and your words. I will continue to pray for a full recovery and that the Lord gives you strength when you feel weak. If you are ever in the San Diego area, please look me up. You will always have a place to stay here. Much love, prayers and hugs, Karla (Monica Gutierrez's cousin)

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Angel Leonard
14 months ago

I wish i could donate but i just started a new job. You are a strong person.you are in my prayers. My grandfather was killed by a stoke.The only thing i can say is when is gets rough turn to god he will help you. God Bess you

+ Read More
Bill Connors
14 months ago

Best of luck with your recovery. IF you have questions about speech, language, reading or keyboarding, I would be glad to help.

+ Read More
Mickey Logan
14 months ago

Looking only at the cheerleader pictures, I would never have guessed what a strong and beautiful person lay underneath.

+ Read More
Roger D. Thompson
14 months ago

i had a stroke at 46 on my birthday, right side numb, can't write but i'm still alive (thank you jesus) hang in there thank you.

+ Read More
Anthony Mangiarciana
14 months ago

Best of luck to you, you have done a great job fighting to get better and I am so happy for you.

+ Read More
Susie Goodman
14 months ago

Although I don't have funds to donate right now, I want to leave some encouraging words for Tessa. My husband had a stroke at 16, his whole right side was paralyzed. The first night he had a 2% chance of living. He had to learn to talk, walk, write, and read all over again. Within a few months of physical therapy he was walking again. With the support of loved ones and friends he made almost a complete recovery. At 28 he now only has some tingling in his right fingers and drags his right foot. He was a miracle and so are you. You can do it girl! I'll be praying for you and thinking of you. You got this!

+ Read More
Tina Prine
14 months ago

Tessa you are a beautiful and inspiring woman inside and out! My 10 year old son Clark and I were listening to your story together and it not only touched my heart but his as well. His message for you is " you are glorious. You really are. You make me feel like I can be strong like you. I have a brain problem too. A month ago I had a siezures that made me slur when I spoke, made my head hurt real bad, made me not able to walk right any more and made me blind in one eye. It gave me problems with my memory too. I had emergency surgery to get a shunt and everything is slowly getting better. But I still have memory problems. It's called dementia. The doctor said I'm gonna have it forever. Thank you for sharing your story with us. We will pray for you to get better very soon so you can get back to cheering our colts on. I love you" ---Clark Ingle age 10. From the lips of a child may you find an even greater strength. We wish you good health, speedy recovery, lots of love and lots of support. And the strength of God. You got this!

+ Read More
Brock Easley
14 months ago

Tessa, you are more than a Conqueror!!! May the Healing Hands of Jesus have a firm grip on you, my sister!!!

+ Read More
Jamie Tucker
14 months ago

Keep reaching for the stars!!!

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