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Lilianne Tang Accident

$27,482 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 704 people in 7 months
Created November 9, 2018

On November 9th, our family received news that Lilianne was hit by someone who was driving under the influence early in the morning in San Luis Obispo (SLO). The man driving also had a suspended license.  https://ksby.com/news/local-news/2018/11/09/driver-on-drugs-hits-injures-pedestrian-in-san-luis-obispo-police-say 


After she was hit, she went to a hospital in SLO, but they were not able to treat her injuries there due to the severity of them. She was then airlifted to a hospital in Fresno and as of November 20th, has undergone a total of four surgeries. One surgery was for a broken tibia/fibula, two involved a bowel resection, and the last one was for her broken pelvis. Because of this and the hospital stay, the family is asking for donations. All donations will go straight to the family. Alexis Chang, Lilianne's sister, is the beneficiary and will be withdrawing the donations as Lilianne goes through this process. We have also been giving updates. If you would like to see these updates and her process of recovery, click the "updates" tab!


Thank you! We appreciate all donations! Any amount helps!

 

With love,

Lilianne's family.

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Last Thursday (May 9) marked 6 official months since the day of my accident. And on that day, I said to the God of death, “NOT TODAY.” People always tell me that I’m lucky to be alive and while I agree that there is so much to be grateful for given what happened to me, it’s not often that simple... these last 6 months have been the most difficult time of my life.

I remember when I was in the hospital, I often dreamt about myself doing very regular things, like walking, running, driving... and it would feel so real even though I knew that it was all a lie. Although I’ve made significant progress in my ability to walk again, I still have dreams where my injuries are no longer a limitation. These days, I’ve been losing a lot of motivation to continue on with physical therapy because I feel like I work so hard but I’m not where I want to be. Some days, I get really sad because I fear that I will never be 100% again. But most days, I find joy in the smallest things - feeling the warmth of the sun, sleeping through the night, lighting a candle, crying from watching so much good TV, painting... - and I’m reminded of my own healing again.

Life’s been rough and my body has gone through soooo much. I can easily become impatient in my recovery process because I so badly want to walk without any assistive devices again. I want to be able to stand tall and not feel like my back is going to break out on me. I want to be able to sit on the floor and cross my legs again. I want to be able to go out without having to plan whether my body has enough stamina for an outing. But my physical therapists do a great job of reminding me just how much trauma my body went through and how amazing it is that I am where I am. Although I am still learning to find peace with this truth, I am so very grateful for all the blessings that revealed themselves to me these last 6 months.

On May 20th, I’ll finally and enthusiastically be able to return to work! I won’t be moving back to SLO just yet. l’ll be telecommuting for one month before I do so. Shout out to my incredible, supportive, and loving supervisor & boss, who have been very thoughtful and intentional about my transition back to work, for making this happen for me. I’m so excited because I’ve been super eager to work again, but also because this experience has given me so much new perspective that I want to bring into my work. Cheers to reimagining new possibilities for me! Thank you all for being on this journey with me
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Hi everyone! I know it's been a while since I've given an update, but not much has been going on until recently. After coming back home from rehab, I had to do a lot of waiting for my insurance to authorize outpatient physical therapy for me. February was essentially a setback because I didn't have any formal rehab - I was just doing what I could at home. That whole month, I finally understood what it means to be on an HMO insurance plan - lots of requests for authorization and lots and lots of waiting. When I finally received an authorization for PT, it was only for an evaluation, and then that physical therapist had to request for more sessions for me, which then took another 1-2 weeks. I finally started outpatient physical therapy in March, but was unhappy with my experience there. I felt so stagnant in my recovery process - I wasn't being challenged enough and my exercises were repetitive and oftentimes, the purpose and end goal were unclear.
Despite communicating these feelings to the PTs I worked with, there was no change in my therapy. It became increasingly difficult for me emotionally and mentally as well. I felt so lonely and bored at home, frustrated that I wasn't making the same kind of progress I was making at Rancho Los Amigos. There was a point where I believed that I would never be able to fully recover because I had lost so much hope.

Thankfully, my orthopedic doctor also submitted a request for physical therapy to my insurance and I got to check out a different facility. During my evaluation alone, I already knew that it would be a much better place for me to continue with physical therapy because of the question they were asking me. They were really focused on understanding my body's current capability - what activities are difficult for me to do and what my goals are so they can help take me there. During my evaluation, I learned that my body needs A LOT of stretching because my muscles are very tight - it's affecting my body's ability to stand straight and to effectively do exercises that will strengthen my muscles. After my evaluation, the PT was able to tell me what their game plan for me was and I just felt like they had so much more experience than the previous place I was at. I've had one official session with them so far and in that one hour alone, I've done more different exercises than I've done in the total 4 hours I've done at the previous place. I feel a new sense of hope and I have so much motivation to work hard at my recovery, especially when I have a PT who is so invested in my case. It is wild to think about how much I've had to advocate for myself throughout this process in order to get the care that I need.

My lower back has been hurting a lot recently - it's been about 3 weeks now. I'm not sure if it's because I'm sleeping on the couch and it's too soft (my mattress is too hard on my body) or if there is something else going on, given that my hip was screwed into my lumbar spine during a surgery. I did an x-ray last week and the orthopedic doctor said it LOOKS like one of the screws might be hitting a nerve, but he's not too sure. So I did a CT scan last week just to be safe and I have a visit this Friday to follow up on this. Hopefully it's nothing serious because I am not sure I can handle another setback at this point in time :(

Aside from all the PT and medical stuff, I have spent a lot of time at home reflecting on my life, binge-watching show after show (One Day at a Time, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Good Girls, Workin' Moms, Russian Doll, Always a Witch, Manifest, Pen15, Game of Thrones, etc.), reading, and organizing my life (like my personal finances for example). I am hoping to start vlogging again, so we will see how that goes. Thankfully, I have a lot of great friends near (and far) who come over to visit and to spend time with me. I always love the company because it's soooo nice to (re)connect with people and focus on something other than my disability. I've been trying to challenge myself more by going outside of my comfort zone, so I do things like: standing longer and as straight as possible to fix my posture and stretch out my body, leaving the house with only my walker and not the wheelchair to get used to walking more and sitting in actual chairs, going out in the rain, riding in a car longer (I went to San Diego this past week to visit the Flower Fields for the super bloom and had a cute little photoshoot there even though the dirt and gravel made it soo inaccessible), etc. Also, it's been quite an eye-opening experience navigating public spaces as a person with a disability - endless stares, straight up disrespect, inaccessibility, and so much more.

This might be a little ambitious but I really hope to return to work by May 20th, because that'll conclude the 6-month disability leave that I'm on. Also, I just really, really miss work and I am so eager to be back to serve our students and the campus community. I feel like I've missed out on so much these last 4 months, especially at a time when I was just starting my career. I am trying not to compare myself to others and to not internalize capitalist notions of productivity and self-worth, but it can be really hard when I don't know many other narratives of what this is supposed to look or feel like.

All in all though, I am in good spirits. I feel such a huge range of emotions on a day to day basis, but I am processing through them all with myself and with those I love and trust. If you've made it this far, thank you so much for sticking with me through this journey and for your continued support. Sorry for the long update! It's just been so long and I wanted to give you all some juice :)

Happy spring! Hope you all are blooming~~~ <3
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after spending 3 months in the hospital... I’m finally home! it feels sooo good to be out of a hospital bed and to finally be able to use a toilet again. shortly after my last update, I started walking in a walker which has been a major game changer, especially with transitioning back home. most home doorways are too small to accommodate wheelchairs so I was really stressed about going home without being able to walk a little bc I wouldn’t be able to access our bedrooms or bathrooms. thanks to the walker, I now shower everyday too! my physical therapists did such a great job of preparing me to come back home I’ve been able to walk up and down our porch steps, step over the lip of our shower, and get in and out of a car. since I’ve been back, I’ve gone to the mall, Target, Costco, and the DMV. it’s been kind of interesting being out in the world again bc I have to rely on other people for help and I get a lot of stares being out.. I’m sure it’s bc I’m a young person in a wheelchair but I’m also sure it’s bc people don’t know how to behave around people with disabilities. Im not too worried about it but it’s definitely a different experience being out of a hospital setting. I missed a lot these last 3 months, so I am looking forward to celebrating lunar new year, my sister’s and dad’s birthdays, and so much more. I don’t really know what to expect of my progress from here bc I haven’t started outpatient therapy yet but here’s to recovering and to getting back on my feet! special thanks to everyone who visited me in rehab and brought me so much delicious food and boba and to everyone who has been sending me cards and packages I love it all!
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soooo it’s been about 2.5 weeks since I’ve been in rehab now and it’s been amazing to witness how strong my body has gotten! the doctors finally lifted my non-weight bearing status on my legs, which means I can put as much weight as I can tolerate through my legs now. this has changed my physical therapy significantly because now it’s about re-activating my leg muscles, getting used to having my body be upright again, and essentially working towards walking. it’s been exciting because this week, not only did I get to stand, but I also took my first steps since the accident on a recovering fibula, tibia, femur, and pelvis! I’m always sooo terrified to do these things, but when I push myself to just do it, I realize how capable I am. my body surprises me every. single. time. after everything I’ve gone through these last two months, when am I going to trust my body to successfully get me through my recovery?!? I’m going to have to learn to do that soon because my tentative discharge date is January 23 - I’ll be going home in a wheelchair (unless I make significant progress this week with walking) and then doing outpatient therapy. I want to be home, but I’m also really scared to go out into the world and experience how inaccessible it is. the physical therapists had me practice transferring from a wheelchair to a car and I was like you know what I’m never leaving the house lol I don’t need to go anywhere! all in all, I’m excited to see what this week of therepy brings for me! I can’t wait to be on my feet again~~

-Lilianne
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