Teri's Heroic Journey

$38,483 of $25k goal

Raised by 737 people in 19 months
Lori Masid Roberts   ELKHORN, NE
Teri’s Heroic Story: Teri Roberts is a daughter, wife, mother, grandma, sister and friend to many. She has lived in Valley, Nebraska most of her life and has always made her family, friends and community a priority. Teri married Kent Roberts and together they raised two children, Andrea and Ryan who gave them 5 beautiful grandchildren. Teri served on the school board, attended her children’s games and worked to help take care of her family. She’s fun, happy, kind hearted and her family means everything to her. When Teri’s daughter was murdered in 2013, it was a devastating and indescrib-able pain. However, Teri quit her job to take care of her daughter’s three kids during the day. She knew this was what needed to be done, so she did it. Sadly, in early December 2014, Teri began feeling ill thinking she may have had the flu. Three days later Teri woke up and could not breathe. Upon arriving at the ER she was admitted to ICU, without a known cause of her illness. Within 24 hours Teri slipped into unconsciousness and tested positive for Group A Streptococcus and Toxic Shock Syndrome. We were told she had a 50/50 chance to live.As days went by, Teri’s condition declined as liver and kidneys shut down. She was given medication directed towards saving her main organs. The toxins were escaping her body through blisters that popped up all over her body. Teri was put on a ventilator and dialysis was started. At this point Teri’s chance for survival had dropped to a mere 30 percent. On Dec 21, the doctors were convinced that there was no hope and delivered the news to her friends and family that we would lose our beloved Teri. With so many prayers said by so many people, a miracle occurred on December 22. Teri woke up and was ready to fight for her life!Slowly but with amazing determination, Teri is working her way back. Teri has gone from feeding thru IV’s to eating small bites of hamburger which helped increase her strength. She’s regained liver and kidney function and her body has continued to heal. Even so, Teri’s hands and feet could not sustain the damage and sadly on January 10 both Teri’s hands were amputated at the wrist and both of her feet were taken all the way up to eight inches below her knees. Teri’s response to this was, “I’m just letting the other people finally catch up to me!” Her strength, determination and zest for life are simply inspiring. Teri has a long road ahead of her, yet her spirit is awesome! When you walk into her hospital room you’re greeted with a huge smile. She believes that everything happens for a reason and we just don’t know what it is yet. Teri is now in physical therapy and will soon head to rehab and will be fitted for her prosthetics. All of this comes with a great deal of pain, suffering, expense and stress. Our goal is to support her through this journey and to ease the financial burden. Please consider a donation.
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Update 5
18 months ago
Happy Friday!! Just a quick update on Teri. She is doing great at QLI (rehab facility). She is learning to do day to day tasks on her own. A couple highlights this week that I would like to share. Teri got her motorized wheelchair equipped with glitter in the paint!! She loves it. Also, she has been offered the opportunity to talk with The Doctors (the daytime TV Show). Teri continues to say she wants to help and inspire others and what an amazing way to touch so many lives. Have a great weekend...Lori
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Update 4
19 months ago
We have no idea the finances that we are up against, but are truly amazed at the outpour of love and support. Reading all your inspirational messages have brought tears to my eyes and I will be printing off each and everyone message to share with Teri. There are so many wonderful people in our great nation. A donor shared this great quote that I thought was very fitting "Why fit in when you were born to stand out" - Dr. Seuss
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Update 3
19 months ago
We have hit the 10k mark!!! WOW, the Roberts' family is so grateful for all the love and support you have shown. Updates on Teri- She has been busy doing rehab about 5 hours a day. She said she is very sore but excited to get her strength back. Her next stop will be taking up residence in a rehabilitation center.
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Update 2
19 months ago
I want to give a very special thank you to the Valley, NE Community on the continued love and support. Our family greatly appreciates the generosity each community has done for us.
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Karen Lawrence
14 months ago

Teri is the definition of a hero. Every time I begin to feel sorry for myself, I just won't.

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Tanialee Bowman
18 months ago

This story has to be one of the most heart wrenching ones I've heard in quite some time and one that needs everybody's attention. How I wish all good things to come to this young woman who helped so willingly with the care of her grandchildren after the horiffic murder of her daughter. What a brave and lovely soul.

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Nancy Brewer-Lentz
18 months ago

OMGosh, I was reading this thinking it false because it was almost word for word what my nephew would write. I have a niece in Littleton CO that had the same thing happen to her. Dec 31 2013, went to ER with flu like symptoms and within a hour in the hospital, fell into a coma..She was in the hospital, several different ones for her certain kind of health as she progressed until Aug 2014. All 4 limbs amputated at same places as my niece. Her best friends set up this same kind of fund raiser. I am so sorry this happened to someone else. I certainly know the road ahead is hard and expensive. Lots and lots of therapy, occupational therapy in order to go home and be able to do things around the house and care for herself. And physical therapy to be able to get herself up to show get a cup of coffee etc.. My niece is a runner and they believe her strong lungs saved her. She is now able to do almost everything around the house and is now getting a car she will be able to drive, needing only something on the steering wheel..She will be able to drive with her prosthetics, thanks to hard rehab daily for many months and still at home everyday. I pray Teri gets the same strength...My niece vows she will run again too!..

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Telly Blackwood
19 months ago

Sad and my deepest condolences..

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William Noel
19 months ago

Having rough times and about to loose my job

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PoloBoy Braven
19 months ago

Your very welcome im kinda on the poor side you guys ab i need your help PLEASE DOBATE FOR ME A EVEN IF ITS JUST $5 PLEASE IT HELPS I REALLY NEED TO MODEL GOD BLESS.

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Lynn Budde
19 months ago

5 years ago the same thing happened to me and my girlfriend e-mailed this to me and I could not believe it. If there is anything I can do to help my number is 606-425-3395 or home is 606-636-4615 my husband and I live in Nancy Kentucky. Keep your chin up.

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Connie Bottinelli
19 months ago

Teri, PLEASE CONTACT ME. I'm working with a woman who is a quad amputee. She's learned to drive again and has her independence back. She has much to share with you for your new life. Friend me on Facebook or email me at conniebottinelli@gmail.com

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Norriis Fisher
19 months ago

I KNOW THAT WAS A THRELL TO SEE HER WAKE UP , I LOVE U FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART , I WISH I WAS THERE TO SANG A BEAUTIFUL SOMG TO YOUR FAMILY. YOUALL REALLY TOUCH MY HEART.

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Zachary Green
19 months ago

This might definitely be worthy of consideration. This 3D printed prothesis only cost $50 bucks to make and worked better than the one this man had that cost $45,000!! Best of good fortune to all of your family in this trying experience :) http://3dprint.com/2438/50-prosthetic-3d-printed-hand/

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Bill Davis
19 months ago

I have posted this web page on my Facebook site and I have asked everyone I know to do the same as I have https://www.facebook.com/Thekjman I also posted on www.linkedIn.com and asked those members to do the same so as to Spread the word all over the Internet of a person in Need . Regards - Bill Davis

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Lisa Luethge-Coppi
19 months ago

She deserves every dollar! She is an inspiration

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$38,483 of $25k goal

Raised by 737 people in 19 months
Created January 20, 2015
Lori Masid Roberts     Medical   ELKHORN, NE
$500
Anonymous
14 months ago
$10
Shari Wilfong- Meedel
15 months ago

You are a true inspiration!

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CA
$40
Cindy Andersen
15 months ago

You are a remarkable woman. A hope your rehab is going well.

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$50
Sheila Fogarty
16 months ago
$25
Anonymous
16 months ago
MS
$50
Mark Stillmock
16 months ago

From Teresa at QLI.

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CC
$50
Chris Collins
16 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are continuously with you and your family.

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CP
$100
Chris Pilcher-Huerter
16 months ago

My lovely friend Deb Trofholz brought Teri's story to me. I am honored to support Teri in her journey. Chris Pilcher/Huerter

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ST
$100
Scott Trofholz
16 months ago

God bless you and your family!

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MK
$40
Melody Karnes
16 months ago

May GOD be with you & heal you Chris & Mel

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Karen Lawrence
14 months ago

Teri is the definition of a hero. Every time I begin to feel sorry for myself, I just won't.

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Tanialee Bowman
18 months ago

This story has to be one of the most heart wrenching ones I've heard in quite some time and one that needs everybody's attention. How I wish all good things to come to this young woman who helped so willingly with the care of her grandchildren after the horiffic murder of her daughter. What a brave and lovely soul.

+ Read More
Nancy Brewer-Lentz
18 months ago

OMGosh, I was reading this thinking it false because it was almost word for word what my nephew would write. I have a niece in Littleton CO that had the same thing happen to her. Dec 31 2013, went to ER with flu like symptoms and within a hour in the hospital, fell into a coma..She was in the hospital, several different ones for her certain kind of health as she progressed until Aug 2014. All 4 limbs amputated at same places as my niece. Her best friends set up this same kind of fund raiser. I am so sorry this happened to someone else. I certainly know the road ahead is hard and expensive. Lots and lots of therapy, occupational therapy in order to go home and be able to do things around the house and care for herself. And physical therapy to be able to get herself up to show get a cup of coffee etc.. My niece is a runner and they believe her strong lungs saved her. She is now able to do almost everything around the house and is now getting a car she will be able to drive, needing only something on the steering wheel..She will be able to drive with her prosthetics, thanks to hard rehab daily for many months and still at home everyday. I pray Teri gets the same strength...My niece vows she will run again too!..

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Telly Blackwood
19 months ago

Sad and my deepest condolences..

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William Noel
19 months ago

Having rough times and about to loose my job

+ Read More
PoloBoy Braven
19 months ago

Your very welcome im kinda on the poor side you guys ab i need your help PLEASE DOBATE FOR ME A EVEN IF ITS JUST $5 PLEASE IT HELPS I REALLY NEED TO MODEL GOD BLESS.

+ Read More
Lynn Budde
19 months ago

5 years ago the same thing happened to me and my girlfriend e-mailed this to me and I could not believe it. If there is anything I can do to help my number is 606-425-3395 or home is 606-636-4615 my husband and I live in Nancy Kentucky. Keep your chin up.

+ Read More
Connie Bottinelli
19 months ago

Teri, PLEASE CONTACT ME. I'm working with a woman who is a quad amputee. She's learned to drive again and has her independence back. She has much to share with you for your new life. Friend me on Facebook or email me at conniebottinelli@gmail.com

+ Read More
Norriis Fisher
19 months ago

I KNOW THAT WAS A THRELL TO SEE HER WAKE UP , I LOVE U FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART , I WISH I WAS THERE TO SANG A BEAUTIFUL SOMG TO YOUR FAMILY. YOUALL REALLY TOUCH MY HEART.

+ Read More
Zachary Green
19 months ago

This might definitely be worthy of consideration. This 3D printed prothesis only cost $50 bucks to make and worked better than the one this man had that cost $45,000!! Best of good fortune to all of your family in this trying experience :) http://3dprint.com/2438/50-prosthetic-3d-printed-hand/

+ Read More
Bill Davis
19 months ago

I have posted this web page on my Facebook site and I have asked everyone I know to do the same as I have https://www.facebook.com/Thekjman I also posted on www.linkedIn.com and asked those members to do the same so as to Spread the word all over the Internet of a person in Need . Regards - Bill Davis

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Lisa Luethge-Coppi
19 months ago

She deserves every dollar! She is an inspiration

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