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Move Mountains for Anna

$22,580 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 302 people in 7 months
Created July 16, 2017
Anna Catriona Kaperick is an avid hiker and backpacker and single mother of two amazing children. She is strong, stubborn, and a spitfire of a woman who moves mountains every day (and climbs them too!).  She just started her dream job as a flight attendant and was assigned to Anchorage while waiting for a position to open up in Seattle- her home.

Anna was involved in an accident last Wednesday, July 12th where she suffered a serious neck break that has landed her in the ICU in Anchorage. She underwent emergency surgery to help stabilize the break and that has been successful thus far. We are all fortunate in that her sister lives in that area and her mother was able to travel to be with her but Anna needs to come home. 

Anna lights up our world... we want to show her that this community loves and supports her. Funds will cover the cost of meals, transportation home, bills, etc. Let's show Anna  and her family that she isn't alone. Let's come together and #movemountains4Anna
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Closing update from Anna Jan 9, 2018-
I want to send a huge thank you out to all of you, my wonderful friends, who have made such a difference in my life through this go fund me. Your donations and words of encouragement have been a testament to just what kind of awesome people I have in my life! I’ve come along way since the ICU in Anchorage to where I am today, and quite literally the go fund me helped get me here- home. Every little bit counts and my heart is full of gratitude for each of you! Hopefully before too long I can repay this debt by climbing mountains which you all have helped move for me!!
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From sister Ginny:

Anna is coming home!!! She could not have come this far without some pretty amazing support from all of you!  


Currently we are trying to race to get a pretty expensive, complete demolition and start from the studs back up, bathroom,  finished before she is arriving home now and needs a functional bathroom ASAP!  Initial thoughts were that we would likely retrofit one of the two small bathrooms in the house to suit her needs. This was the much less expensive way to go.  However...when you start talking about large electric wheelchairs and shower wheelchairs, you end up taking it to a whole new level.  Thus the space and design constraints were just to difficult to get to work in a way that would foster and facilitate independence. Which, given the vast improvements Anna has already made, is the key to hope of further return of function, and eventual independent living.  


Demolition happened. 750 pounds of old bathroom headed for the dump. Given the still smallish overall space, plumbing (and electricity and heating vent) had to be totally moved for best placement in the new bathroom. Now the whole room will basically be fully tiled to accommodate the ability to roll into the shower portion, as well as to access the toilet and sink effectively by wheelchair.  A secondary benefit was creation of a bathroom that can still be used by others now (ok, when it's finished),  and also remains handicap accessible for use in the future if needed by aging parents (who have aged much over the past 10 weeks beyond their 70 and 83 yrs!)  


So many people have been so generous in the past and the funds have been well used for Air Ambulance copays, urgent COBRA payments, miscellaneous bills and other costs,  as well as a significant down payment for the bathroom.  At this time Anna is looking at needing at least $3000 to $5000 more to complete the project.  Two important things we have all learned about being confronted by an injury such as this, are ...you can't do it alone, and it's all about baby steps. Thus anything would help. Your overwhelming generosity has been much appreciated by Anna and her entire family. 

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Update day 59. Yikes!! Inpatient rehabilitation Discharge countdown in full swing!!

So eight and a half weeks in and what have we learned about what does Spinal Cord Injury recovery looks like? Bottom line it's similar to toddler learning everything from scratch. A long and (painfully) slow path with lots of ups and downs! 

Your body used to do so much on automatic pilot but as those nerves fibers regrow and retrain you have to work to make things happen. Relearning and being intentional about each movement takes an incredible amount physical and emotional energy, time...and creativity of how to make it happen. 

Ever try and text with your knuckle..it's a tad slower and definitely more frustrating. But so is learning to eat with a clumsy hand grip and no finger dexterity... and becoming a lefty is no small feat either (as the right hand seems to still be on permanent vacation)

And the muscles that are above the injury...they are putting in twice the effort to make up for the muscles that don't work. It's amazing how the strength of the "shoulder" really also comes from using muscles from the upper back and chest and arm...for Anna some of those also lost nerve function. So now her arms and shoulders are doing this intense new workout (after doing minimal work first five weeks now have to take the weight of her body when pushing up to transfer)  and get can pretty tight and sore and prone to injury if not careful.

Anna's legs are also getting stronger to do more of the work in moving from bed to wheelchair and back. Which of course also relies on those really weak core and trunk muscles too. (No six pack here ...but working on it...would be happy with six mini size pack ! )

But the exciting parts are that those legs are starting to feel what it's like to be upright again. Little baby steps...with a lot of help (and a harness) but left...right... left. With it comes optimism that someday those steps will be on a trail again ... likely with assistance such as crutches and canes, and probably won't be able to outrun the kids .. but someday!   That's the goal !!

But what's next ?
Transition to the real world.  Five weeks of hospital rehab to teach what you need to know to continue on in the real world ends in 9 days.  Then it's time to head out and keep working on the rest at home!!

Bathroom demolition starts today...gotta make room for that cool shower wheelchair!  And work on actual accessibility of a house that was built half century before ADA was invented. But at least the ramp is in place complete with matching safety railing...aka gymnastics equipment and scooter ramp! 

Anna is getting just a little nervous that her home is not quite the same as an inpatient unit with 24 hr care and therapists and a full cool PT gym. But continues to have a great optimistic attitude with the expected occasional emotional ups and downs.

Anna cannot be more thankful for how blessed she is to have such amazing support of friends far and near, new and dear. There is still a very long road ahead with lots of unknowns and hundreds of uncovered expenses and needs,  despite being so fortunate that her new employer is offering to continue to cover her basic medical insurance for now.

Written on behalf of Anna by her sister Ginny, hanging out in rehab.

Happy Blue Friday!!
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From Anna 8/23-17 4pm

Today is a day of joy for me! Despite having a lot of shoulder and neck pain associated with weakened muscles, I stood up for the first time since my accident! What an amazing feeling! My family and my kids came for a visit and my heart felt full I know I'm going to be walking and then running soon and then I will never be stopped again. Life is too precious and amazing and I'm going to soak up each and every part of it. I can't believe the gains I'm making here already so no wonder I'm staying so positive! Thank you all for helping me get to this place already – you have no idea how grateful I am for your support! I love you all❤️❤️
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