My name is Angie and I would like to tell you about my friend Shelly. We have been friends for over 16 years. We met through work and grew to be more like sisters than friends. We both became nurses a few years apart, and shared a passion for caring for others. We have seen each other through some of life's happiest and saddest moments. I could go on and on about our relationship, but suffice it to say that it's one every person should be lucky to have. Shelly has twins, a boy and girl, named Nolan and Rylee, now 7 years old. Her husband went on to become a nurse as well, a few years after Shelly. In 2010, at the age of 39, Shelly was diagnosed with Lupus, a horrible autoimmune disease that slowly, cruelly, destroys a healthy body. She has had too many hospitalizations to count. As you can imagine, it has been a nightmare for her entire family. Shelly hasn't been able to work as a nurse for over a year so her husband took higher paying traveling assignments in California to try and bridge the financial gap that quickly grew. On February 9, 2015, Shelly's daughter Rylee, found Shelly unresponsive in her bedroom. She quickly called her daddy in California who then called EMS in Orlando to report the emergency. Shelly was rushed to Health Central in critical condition. She was found to be septic and in shock, barely alive. The next morning she went into cardiac arrest and CPR was performed for over 11 minutes before she regained a pulse. She was placed on full life support to treat muli-system organ failure. After one week, Shelly started to show signs of survival, and improvement. She was slowly weaned off all the life support and was awake, alert and holding her own. Unfortunately, she has necrosis of her feet and fingers from the intravenous medications that were required to help keep her alive during that first week. Shelly is facing amputation of her right leg, below the knee and part of her left foot but she is alive!! After all that she has been through, losing a leg is not the worst thing that could happen. There is still hope. Hope for the return of close to normal mobility with the help of prosthetics. Hope that she will still be able to enjoy her 2 beautiful children. Hope that she will continue in her journey and life long love of helping others. I am starting this fundraising account in the name of hope for my wonderful friend. I know that her journey, her purpose in this life, is far from over and I'm hopeful, that through the genourosity of others, we can help her in the long road of rehabilitation that is ahead. No donation is too small. Any contribution is gratefully appreciated. Thank you for reading.
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