Takara's wheelchair freedom fund
£6,635 of £6,000 goal
Being a part of a large, and very active family, Takara grew up climbing trees, playing on the beach, rock pool exploring, and running across fields.
In her teens she noticed that following intense back pain, she began to change shape, and 'lost a hip'. Each time a growth spurt took place, her shape would alter, and a diagnosis of scoliosis was delivered - but we were assured it is not that unusual and after a short stint of physiotherapy Takara was discharged.
Sadly this was not to be the end of the situation, and what seems like a relatively short period of time, two curvatures and a rotation of the spine developed. An operation was offered in order to correct her severely progressive idiopathic scoliosis. This took place in March 2009 to secure titanium rods and clamps to the front of her spine, plus fusions. Takara gained over 5" in height following the operation, although there were complications, we very much hoped that life would be better.
Unfortunately later that year an additional movement took place, leaving Takara with severe difficulties in walking - but she fought on. She was also in constant and intense pain, later being diagnosed with chronic pain syndrome, which the surgeon had initially said was psychosomatic!
A fall in 2012, whereby Takara was left in horrendous pain and hospitalized. An x-ray, MRI scan and CT scan later it was confirmed that a screw had worked loose and tipping on the spinal canal - but it was considered too dangerous to operate again. At this point she was put on a cocktail of medication, and suffered an allergic reaction, which caused her to go temporarily blind and paralysed from the waist down. Takara is still unable to use her legs, and with support can only stand for a maximum of a couple of minutes. The allergic reaction has put her on 'factory reset' as she says - the messages from the brain to her muscles are confused and don't get through correctly. So, she is having to learn to walk all over again - except her legs are a bit heavier now than when she was a baby.
Despite everything that has happened, Takara continues to fight back and such a very proud moment came when she applied to the local university, and was accepted on a Degree Course.
My daughter is a permanent wheelchair user, and her current chair is from the local wheelchair services - they have been wonderful. However, the wheelchair is so limiting because Takara is unable to even use it across the garden. The family automatically changed the lifestyle we once had, simply because we want to go as a family, and it would not feel right for us not to all be together.
It all changed recently when I saw the Trekinetic wheelchair being used - what an amazing difference it could make to Takara, and the family as a whole. One huge problem though, is we simply do not have the funds available in order to give a very special young woman a huge gift of freedom to go into the woods, go onto a beach, go on family days out and not have to prepare it like a military operation!!
Thank you for your support - whether it be by kindly donating, or just acknowledging how difficult life can be in a normal wheelchair....
It has been some time since the last update, as life seems to have accelerated and it is only now the family have slowed down.
Your contribution towards the Trekinetic continues to be appreciated daily and really made a dream come true. It is so hard to be able to explain exactly the impact, but it was, and remains life changing! The freedom, comfortability and confidence achieved through your support has been priceless. Thank you so very much.
We wish you a special Day, and all the very best for 2016.
Take care xx
Following a very intense time, she has come 2nd out of an incredible 806 competitors. This has all been achieved with the support of thousands of votes!! An amazing result...
As a family, we genuinely wish to thank each and everyone in making another dream come true!!
We will shortly be getting back to Trekinetic business, and posting some more pictures on how much fun Takara is having!!
Take care everyone xx
Hi Maria. It is a lovely feeling of excitement and disbelieve that we have been able to order the chair....and yes, that we are heading towards the total steadily. You're correct, it would be good to help someone else achieve such a wheelchair.....and we will be looking into this possibility, and keep everyone posted xx
I'm so pleased that the chair is now ordered. Not far to go to finish raising the amount needed and feel it will be very soon. It would be great to keep going for someone else in need of a wheelchair like this ???
It's amazing how everyone is coming together so quickly to achieve this! Thank you to all my webcomic friends for helping so much!! It's such a pleasure knowing you guys. First you help encourage me with my webcomic, and now helping me with my family. I'll definitely never forget you all!! And also the people at work, thank you! You guys are awesome!! Even Sarah, who isn't really my friend U_U COZ SHE SAID SO DX< *HISSES AT HER* And Tomomi, who keeps trying to eat my axolotl...I suppose I can forgive you...for now