Jo Ann Grooms Recovery Fund

$8,675 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 114 people in 45 months
Lauren Noll
on behalf of Bill Grooms
 FREDERICK, MD
As most are already aware, Jo Ann suffered a terrible fall down the stairs while at home on April 14th. During the fall she hit her head and was found unconscious. To make matters worse, the fall directly impacted her brain tumor located deep in the left side of her brain. From the fall, Jo Ann suffered a subdural hematoma (blood outside of the brain) and received 7 staples. She spent a week at Meritus Health in Hagerstown, where she was treated and then transferred to Vindobona Rehabilitation Center in Frederick. She remained at Vindobona for 3 months. During her time there, progress remained constant but slow. Due to the sensitivity of her brain, Jo Ann has experienced some memory loss, difficulty finding the correct words, loss of basic motor skills and has lost movement in her right side. She requires constant help with everyday functions like eating, bathing, and moving.

A typical day for Jo Ann is very frustrating, as she remembers certain faces and events, but loses the details she knows she once experienced. She is slowly becoming more aware of her situation and is recognizing that she isn't able to move or do what she previously could.

In July, her husband Bill received news that the insurance company decided Jo Ann was not making fast enough progress to stay at Vindobona, even though she was making tremendous strides considering her case and what she's battling. Because of this, the insurance company sent her home on July 18th and required Bill to arrange for and cover in-home care and therapy. For Jo Ann & Bill, this means care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Insurance is covering minimal therapy and care but is not covering costs for someone to be with her daily, which is necessary at this point in the road.

We are asking for donations to help cover the costs for Jo Ann's in-home care while she continues to travel down this long road of recovery. Any little bit helps, and would be one less thing for the family to have to worry about while they are adjusting to these new arrangements. The family is working to appeal the insurance companies decision, but is not guaranteed with insurance that Jo Ann will receive the care and therapy she needs to return to as normal of a life as possible.

Visitors are always welcome to visit Jo Ann. If you are interested in visiting, please contact Bill (bgrooms301@comcast.net).

These three months have been long and it seems like it was just yesterday that she fell. Please don't ever take for granted your relationships, your health or your abilities and opportunities that you're given each day. Please continue to pray for her recovery. We've still got a very long road ahead.
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From Danielle: Thank you so much for your support while my Mom has been at home. She's made some small progress (she moved her right foot a little last week!) and has enjoyed all of the messages, cards, meals and visits. Thank you so, so much for your financial support - it has allowed us to provide for a daily caretaker to be with her while my Dad is at work, and has helped cover medical costs for supplies, medicines, and doctor visits. Your support has also helped relieve the stress of this situation for my Dad. Nothing goes unnoticed and we truly appreciate every single thing that everyone has done and has offered to do <3
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From Danielle: Thank you so, so much for your support. My family and I are truly blessed to have so many giving people in our lives, who are so supportive of my mom. Her first week at home was ok - the care team members came in to set up for their weekly visits and will start working with her this week. She seems to be battling depression and has been giving my dad a hard time. If you would like to visit we'd love to have you - the more faces and interactions she has, the better. We're hopeful that one day she will be able to do things for herself again but for now are working hard to keep her spirits up. Thank you so much... those words cannot be said enough. God bless all of you <3
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$8,675 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 114 people in 45 months
Created July 22, 2015
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$100
Bernadette Barnes
43 months ago

Sending prayers and many good thoughts your way...

$100
Anonymous
44 months ago
TR
$200
Tina Reaver
44 months ago

Praying for you Joananne and all of your family!!! Sending hugs

$20
Anonymous
44 months ago
BH

Our prayers continue! We're looking forward to coming for another visit, soon. We'll be sure to bring Hazel Grace, again!

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