Matthew Reisig Medical Fund for Guillain-Barre

$20,020 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 229 people in 4 months
Created March 6, 2019
This is Matthew Reisig, a fun-loving, devoted husband to his wife, Ashley. He is also a new father to his daughter, Ayla, who has just turned one years old!


On March 2nd, Matthew woke up unable to use his legs and was rushed to the hospital. Before this happened, Matthew was healthy and active - apart from having the flu a few days prior. Upon reaching the hospital, he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.


Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a rare condition that occurs when the immune system targets the body’s nerves that travel to the arms and legs instead of an illness (the flu), causing weakness and paralysis to limbs while affecting breathing.

Matthew currently has no sensation or use of his legs, has very limited use of his arms and is having large breathing difficulties that could result in him needing breathing assistance and a feeding tube.

To make matters worse, Matthew and Ashley’s 11-month old baby, Ayla, has been having seizures, adding even more stress. Ashley is having to balance testing and doctor’s appointments for Ayla with also being at Matthew’s side as he is treated in the ICU. As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult time for their family.

With proper hospital care and intense rehabilitation, some patients are able to recover from GBS, but Matthew will need all the support he can get!

The goal of this Go-Fund-Me is to cover some of Matthew and Ashley’s expenses and to help them out financially, as neither of them will be able to work in the foreseeable future and Matthew may be looking at a long recovery from this illness.

If you are able to donate, it would be so appreciated and would help them tremendously during this very difficult time! If you are not able to donate, please feel free just to reach out and let them know you are thinking of them :) I know Matthew already feels very touched by all the love he has received so far, and continuing to provide that for him is very important!

Thank you!

For more information about Guillain-Barre Syndrome:


Thank you SO much for everyone who has donated or reached out in support of Matthew and Ashley! I know that it means so much to them!!

In the last 24 hours, Matthew has been placed on life support as he is unable to sustain his own breathing at this time. He also has a feeding tube in. He is fighting hard and, at times, is able to communicate with his eyes when Ashley uses an alphabet board. But, as you can imagine, this most recent development has been very difficult to see.

Please keep sending love and support!

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Update on Matt - Day 102

The days keep getting better. Matt’s doing amazingly. He’s very thankful because physio gave him the weekend off so he’s been a little less sore the last two days.

In ICU and HAU they didn’t have showers in the room. ICU didn’t even have a bathroom and I had to leave the secure unit just to pee and buzz back in every time. For this who know me, that happened a lot. It didn’t bother Matt but the nurses only gave him bed baths so he hadn’t showered in a long time. He’s started getting up into the shower chair to have showers and it’s amazing. I think it might make me happier than him. His hair is fluffy and he is smelling fresh. Haha. His first shower was actually two hours long. We washed his hair a bunch of times and washed his body. Then he just sat under the water for sooo long. The good thing about it is that sitting in that chair is also exercise to strengthen his core. Today I could see his ab muscles coming back even.

His hands, arms and legs are getting stronger everyday. He can bend his legs and straighten them out himself so I no longer have to do that for him. He can’t quite make a fist yet he’s getting closer. He can partly do a thumbs up and give a middle finger . He can lean forward and readjust his seating in bed and in his chair. He’s eating and drinking anything he wants. He can swallow his pills again so they don’t have to be dissolved anymore. He’s doing so well, I can’t wait for the rest.
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Update on Matt - Day 100

We’ve entered the triple digits but we’re making it. They days are better and go by faster but we still have a ways to go.

Matt’s graduated from using the ceiling lift though! They did a ceremonial throwing of the sling into the laundry to have it taken away. He now uses something called a Sabina II. It’s hard to explain but it’s a step up. It will be more work for Matt but it’s also extra exercise and will strengthen his core along with other muscles. So he’s doing so much better butt getting out of bed and doing things still requires a lot of work so he does have a rough time.

He’s still working on standing. He gets a little straighter and a little longer everyday. He will be standing unassisted before we know it. I honestly think it will be any day. His muscles are coming back and I love to see that because I married him for those bi’s and tri’s. Seriously though.. when he was at his worst I would lift his arms and legs and see the muscle deterioration. There was almost no muscle left and now there definitely is. His thighs and upper arms I can see and they keep having to remold his hand/wrist splints because his forearms are getting bigger so they dig in.

Our bodies are as amazing as they are fragile. It’s completely crazy to me that this disease can take someone who is perfectly healthy and tear him down to the brink of death the way it did. It’s equally as crazy to watch that same disease leave and watch Matt’s body slowly come back to life again .
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Update on Matt - Day 99

Happy 4 year anniversary to my lifelove . I can’t imagine living this life with anyone else or gong thorough something like this with anyone else. I love you so much . I didn’t manage to get out to get him a gift but he did make me a gift. He also wrapped it completely himself, which is amazing considering where he was a month ago. I love it.

Matt kicked butt again today and it’s been rough on him. He did an hour of rec therapy, and hour of occupational therapy, and an hour of physio. He was super tired out and alreadys super sore from all the physio this week. They took it easier on him in physio but not in the rec or occupational therapy.

Matt’s been accepted to Queen’s Park Rehab Centre and hes just waiting for a bed to open up. They estimate that it could take about a month to get in because it’s very busy. they specialize in neurological injuries so he’ll get great care there even though it’s pretty far and a wait. I’m pretty excited to see what stage of recovery he’s at by that point.
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Update on Matt - Day 97

I can feel our life slowly starting to come back together. It’s not quite there yet, obviously, but the little things are better. I can feel it falling into place.

Matt can text me again. It might seem like a small thing but it absolutely is not. It’s very short texts and it takes a lot of work because his hands and fingers don’t quite want to listen to his brain yet. He can do it though. I can talk to him. When I’m gone if I’m worried I can just FaceTime him and see him. If I’m gone and he misses me then he can just FaceTime me. One thing I longed for so much was just to see his name come up on my phone again and now I have that back.

Matt is also kicking ass in physio. He pushes so hard that the physio team has to make him stop. He actually gets frustrated at them for that but he’s in a lot of pain from what he’s doing as it is so pushing any more could be detrimental.

Ayla can communicate with him now. She gets a little confused still because he’s not the same as he was before but she still loves to see her daddy. She gives him kisses and blows him kisses and waves and says “dadda, dad, daddy” when she sees him. Today she was able to sit on his lap for the first time since he got sick.

Ayla is starting to be more clingy to her momma again. I’ve had a lot of trouble caring for her since Matt’s been sick. To the point that I’ve actually been unable to care for her. My mom has done it all, even when I’m home. We have our routine where we get home, I play with Ayla for a little while and then we brush our teeth and my mom takes her to put her to bed. She happily walks away with Baba and waves to me and blows me a kiss before she goes. I’ve tried to put her to bed myself a few times but it doesn’t works. She cries and I get frustrated and then she’s overtired for Baba to try to put her to bed. Tonight though, when we were playing she just laid her head on me. We watched some Little Baby Bum like that and then Baba asked her if it was bedtime. She stood up and walked over to Baba but then turned around and came back to me and crawled into my arms. I took her to bed and she fell asleep with me at bedtime for the first time in 97 days.
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Raised by 229 people in 4 months
Created March 6, 2019
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