Care for Scott & Family

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Raised by 111 people in 40 months
Thank you for looking at our story – the story of Scott, Heather, and our three beautiful boys, Silas, Quentin and Isaac, and the shock that changed our lives.

Our story is painful to share – on the outside we look like a perfect, happy family that has everything going for us. But I share with you for two reasons:

1. The burden of Scott’s injury and its repercussions has become far too heavy for us to carry on our own anymore; and

2. To spread awareness about severe electrical injuries and the nervous system.

When I was pregnant with Silas, my friendly, fun-loving, helpful husband Scott received the first of two severe electrical injuries, the other of which he experienced about a year later. The trauma has been – to say the least – a personal hell for all of us. Scott is in constant, debilitating pain, but even more frustrating is that we have learned, through experience, that his neurological symptoms will not improve over time. In fact, they have grown much, much worse. This is the nature of electrical injury to the nervous system. He loses time, loses words, and loses the ability to keep himself focused. He needs to sleep a lot, and has been unable to work or spend the kind of time with the kids that he (and they) would like.

Our doctor has recommended specialized treatment for Scott, and while we have been looking at local resources, our best hope is the Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Institute , the only medical facility of its kind in the country.

The worst of our story is hindsight: when the injuries happened, we thought time would heal everything, and we thought we’d gotten a “sign” that Scott should leave his job and pursue his dream of starting his own business, something our boys would be proud of. Three years later, as Scott’s conditioned worsened in spite of his drive to succeed, we have found ourselves on a sinking ship, and we are faced with losing everything, including our home and our vehicle.

Feelings of hopelessness are lingering around us on a daily basis, but we are hanging on for the sake of Silas, Quentin and Isaac – the beautiful boys who light up our days. We have reached out to others, and we have been encouraged to share our story. The uncertainty of our future is terrifying, and our family needs your help tremendously. We are seeking assistance with medical care, travel expenses, and – for now – living expenses. We are literally living on a prayer, and will be so grateful if you can help answer ours.
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Thanks to our supporters we have been able see some electrical injury specialists who are working on care plans. Unfortunately Scott will deal with pain and likely a number of symptoms for the rest of his life however there are steps to help minimize it a bit. Luckily I was just offered a new position which will help get us back on our feet. Praise God! Our house is still in limbo and until I start the position we are still in a huge bind for our basic living expenses. Continued prayers and support are greatly appreciated! God bless!
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Shortly after we campaigned this gofundme account Scott's Dad lost his battle to cancer. This sparked an additional flame to our already troubled situation. We have spent these several months healing from the pain while making many adjustments to our lives so that we are able to walk again on our own. Each stride we make moving forward is a one step forward two steps back process. A lot of trial and error has taken place and my strength has been building over this time. We are so close to walking on our own yet there is still a heavy financial burden looming behind me which often is the biggest culprit of pulling us back. We are far from our original goal yet if there are any angels out there that could help us continue to move forward I feel we can dig ourselves out of this hole once and for all. The reality of our situation is that while we may never get our past lives back we can certainly make the best of what is and build a solid new foundation. A very special thank you goes out to all who have carried us thus far. God bless all of you!
Your prayers and support have been the glue that has held us together this year and keeping smiles on these faces
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Sure could use some extra love, support & prayers. Hoping for some positive outcomes this coming up week. Just a little progress takes a great deal of effort with many setbacks. So grateful for each & every blessing along this incredibly difficult journey!
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We've seen a specialist who has also confirmed that we need to work with the Chicago Electrical Trauma Research Institute to receive the best rehabilitation results. Still no sign of insurance taking care of the expenses for us and the tests needed are thousands of dollars. Please continue to share our story and keep us in your prayers! My husband worked in the industry for 12 years and worked incredibly hard so I want to see him get the medical treatment he needs and deserves! Our babies deserve to get their Daddy back before they're all grown up! Thank you all for your support!
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Liz Cleveland
33 months ago

Call up to Zion Lutheran School in Belleville and see if their church ministry can help in any way. I know they help with bills, etc.

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Heather Schaefer
40 months ago

We are so grateful for each message, comment, phone call, share of our story & donation. God is good!

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Call up to Zion Lutheran School in Belleville and see if their church ministry can help in any way. I know they help with bills, etc.

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Heather Schaefer
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We are so grateful for each message, comment, phone call, share of our story & donation. God is good!

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