jim mcdonald's recovery

$121,898 of $80,000 goal

Raised by 2,552 people in 1 month
Created May 29, 2018

We made our initial goal within 24 hours! From all of us working on jim's recovery support team thank you so much for all of your generosity, shares and prayers.

We knew we could raise this money but we are all awed that we were able to raise it this quickly.

We thoughtfully came up with our goal amount by discussing future anticipated costs with Stephanie. We did our best to come up with an accurate monetary reflection of what recover would look like for jim and his family.

However the reality is we don't exactly know what is in store. We know medical costs will be high and we know there will be an extensive recovery time when jim won't be working.

Now that we have raised our goal, let's continue to show the McDonald family our love and support with our continued donations, shares, and prayers.

Thank you! Thank you!


Friends, family and wider community, we reach out today with an urgent call for help. Our dear friend, jim mcdonald had a massive heart attack on May 25th while he was traveling in Scotland. A well-hidden flaw in a heart we all know to be a source of joy, love and compassion finally made itself known.

In addition to the heart attack he developed a serious complication that resulted in emergency surgery. He is currently in critical but stable condition, is under sedation, and while he is expected to make a full recovery, the journey there will be long. Stephanie and the kids are on their way to Scotland to be with jim now, and are expecting to be there for up to 6 weeks, until jim is allowed to travel home.

A heart attack is always a serious and life-threatening emergency, when it happens thousands of miles away, in a foreign country, the difficulties and costs faced by the family multiply infinitely.

jim is a husband, and father of three, who supports his family through teaching.

We’re asking today for your help in supporting jim, and his family, through this enormously hard moment in time.

We need help paying for travel for his wife, Stephanie and their three children.

We need your help paying for their time in Scotland during jim’s convalescence.

We need help paying for jim’s surgery and recovery time in the hospital.

And finally, as Jim begins his recovery, we need your help filling in the gaps that the loss of several months income will mean for his family. It’s a big ask; but if not his community, and his friends, who else?

To help keep the McDonalds afloat in this storm is going to take all of us, pitching in, how and where we can.

The first, best and most direct help you can give, is through this GoFundme effort.

Literally every dollar counts. If jim’s teaching, his herbs, his goodness, his questionable wit, and undeniable enthusiasm has ever touched you, please consider taking this time to show that love back in his time of need.

Please share this GoFundMe far and wide: 5 dollars from a stranger matters. 10 bucks from one of your coworkers makes a difference.

And finally, in whatever version of prayer you practice, please hold jim and his family in your hearts. Keep the good intentions and healing love flowing so that we can have him back to talking about prog rock soon.

We are all so lucky to be a part of jim’s community, be it local or extended around the world. This is our chance to do something together, to rally and support them, so that jim and his family can heal.

With our deepest gratitude, 

jim's recovery support team



(also, jim is a very popular man— please understand that Stephanie is overwhelmed, and is asking for privacy so that she can focus on her family. We know you’ll have questions and will also want to pass messages on to jim himself for when he’s awake. For general questions or requests, please email progrock4lyfe@gmail.com and if you’d like to send jim a ‘get well soon’ email we’ve set up his own email at getwellsoonjimmcd@gmail.com )
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An update from Stephanie - reposted from FB with permission.


So everyone, I am not a writer (this will take me ages to write), I rarely post on FB normally, but here I am- in Scotland. Trying to understand all of what has happened and still pushing to keep the momentum going to get us home. It has been an epic journey with such amazing support along the way. I am so grateful for all of you.

Jim continues to move in the right direction. He is starting to take steps using a walker. He keeps surpassing their expectations of him- because he is so motivated to overcome. And because he is JIM MCDONALD Jim Mcdonald (I am the only one who can capitalize his name- legally).

Yet our struggles are real and intense at times. His heart is healing strong. So it's loads of physio for him until he is completely knackered. The goal is to get Jim home to our Edinburgh flat, followed up by private outpatient PT until it is considered safe to fly home. Our path is still very long and the need for patience immense.

There are so many pieces that still need to come together. And they will when the time is right.

- Stephanie
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jim continues to do well and is seeing improvements every day!

Today he posted on Facebook for the first time and urged fellow herbalists to support Mimi Hernandez's GoFundMe. https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-mimi-hernandez
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Thursday, last report from me! Jim and Stephanie’s twenty-year friend Steve will be passed the reporting baton tomorrow.

I was given special permission to come into the new ward due because I was flying away before visiting hours. When I arrived jim was totally zonked out. I was so afraid he would sleep through my visit! As he slept I applied the magnesium cream onto arm and leg muscles, (thank you Napier’s Herbs). I quietly pulled out the Solomon’s seal, St. John’s and Arnica salve and went through my ritual of checking his skin and awakening his muscles. He did not even flicker a lid! I found out later he had been awakened to some grueling PT and left sitting upright for an extended time this morning. Exhausting.

While still snoozing the docs came through and they were totally forthcoming with information and answering questions. He had a scan, and his heart is healing and is functioning perfectly. There will be a year-long quiet period so that his heart can completely heal. The fact that he had lived through so much and was now alive and smiling and talking (he talking about running out of the hospital) was also disclosed. Wide eyed interns. The miracle patient. The medications are being decreased and he will be off most in a year’s time. Very cool.

Now it is the words of encouragement, the voices of friends who know this road of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speaking your fears. Real stuff. Ya, and embracing working out! Core is not just found in an apple! A year in the warmth of family and friends and lots of rest looking at nature and feeling one with it. Practicing voice excersizes and doing the various activities awaken a body that has lain in a coma for a month. Such is what we practitioners extol to our clients, so hard to be the one in the bed. Imagined limitations maybe some real.

Equally important is the vibration of healthy foods and drinks made with herbs and caring. Heather and I shopped at the local organic farm for venison loin. Heather prepared it rubbed with flowering thyme and a ground juniper berry in olive oil. To see jim’s eyes light up, look over, lick his lips was manna. To hear the gastric juices grumble as he waited for the perfect moment to lift fork to mouth and chew and become that wild thing. Earth connection at its best.

Please continue to focus on his voice box and vocal cords. He has voice lessons Mmmmm ohhhhhh, eeeee, aaaaah through the vowels of our alphabet. This will be a busy year, sing with him.
Continue to focus on muscle memory and strengthening. Earth does have that strong pull called gravity and he is a big man. See him standing tall.
Focus on the triune kidney/adrenals, liver and lungs, supporting his heart, the king.

Now that I am on my way I reflect. Each day I was honored to physically touch him. I felt your prayers and songs and drum beats, saw the alters and words and intentions and tried to channel all that love for jim to him, through these hands. Thanks and keep it coming.

A personal thank you to my Sherpas and drivers and patron who made all of this possible. Leslie Wooler, Kay Parent and Rick Oriole, Heather Borkowski and Bob Hunter, all the herbalists in Scotland who await the class to be taught and have stepped forward to help in any way possible. To my driver Stephinie Miner who will meet me after this gifted flight. Without all your support the journey would have been harder. Love is all there is.

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Wednesday Report

jim rolled over and then did the flip side when offered back massage. Having been still in bed for over thirty days his muscles are super sore. It has been greatly appreciated to be massaged these past days, and an honor to give them. I leave tomorrow and am putting a call out for help.

Contact Heather Borkowski to set up any time you have to offer jim. He wants to get up and run out of the hospital!

He also enjoys being read to, jokes and herb talk. It is important to honor his time with Stephanie, which is also so healing.

jim got to see his kids on video today! First viewing. Hearing them giggle and tell stories and watch his eyes light up, well, this is the joy and meaning of life.

He was moved to a new ward with 3 other men watching TVs. We need sound cancelling headphones! It is oddly less private. I fly home tomorrow and it is too soon.

Focus on his brain to voice & vocal cords and trachea melding. The work you have done is already working, he is projecting and speaking more easily.
Adrenals and liver
His new and improved heart and
CORE strength. Does visualizing kegels and pelvic tilts and stomach strengthening from afar work? Go for it!

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Created May 29, 2018
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