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Steve Hansel's Recovery

$8,100 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 10 months

Steve has had a rough go of it. Starting in 2009, he was diagnosed with renal failure and was out on peritoneum  dialysis. In 2010, he contracted MRSA in his blood stream, which led to a partial right foot amputation. In 2012,  we received the phone call we had been waiting for, and Steve received a much-needed kidney transplant. The recovery was a long as he had a “sleepy” kidney for a few days before the transplant took hold. The challenge then became regulating Steve’s anti-rejection medications in conjunction with his diabetes medications. Steve’s medical issues began to stabilize, but then he was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2016 and had to undergo a MOS procedure. In September 2017, he had a micro stroke, which created balance issues for Steve, further reducing his already-impaired mobility. Through it all, Steve has continued his work with the Pacifica Lions, supporting the community he loves. 


Now Steve is battling again. On Monday, we discovered that a very serious infection has developed in his left foot, which has spread to the bones. Unfortunately, this means another foot amputation - more severe than the partial amputation in his right foot. Steve will be needing extensive rehab, prosthetic shoes (which Medicare does not pay for), and a complete prosthetic foot. While he is in rehab, Steve will require a motorized scooter. With this latest crisis, the cost of Steve’s medications will increase significantly. As it is, under Medicare rules, Steve’s coverage is maxed out by March of every year, resulting in many out-of-pocket expenses. The additional medications will just make it worse. 


Steve and Sherry are working with social workers and others for help. Sherry is the sole breadwinner, but must take time off to care for Steve and is losing pay. She may not qualify for the Family Medical Leave program (FMLA) since she has not been at her current employer long enough. If she cannot get FMLA, Steve may need nursing home care so Sherry can continue to work.


Steve and Sherry need help. They simply do not have the funds to cover the increased expenses brought by this latest health crisis. Please contribute to help them bridge expenses over the next six months and get Steve back on his feet.






Alyssa Jenkins and Susan Beckmeyer 
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It’s time for an update sorry it’s been a while. Steve is doing great. He is getting around great. He is currently being sized for e new upgraded prosthetic leg. There are some adjustments being made on it but he will be using it soon. It’s only 4 lbs and the older one is 15 lbs. The new one is more flexible and has more foot movement. He still has days that keep him non mobile. He is very excited to go to opening day this Friday. This is one of his goals when he first had his leg amputated in June. We will be bringing the wheel chair but Steve wants to try and walk using his Canadian crutches. And yes this scared the sh— out of me. He has been asked to mentor other patients with amputations and I think this will be good for him. He is still not driving yet but that will come with time. He has a good spirit and I am very proud of him. We are still struggling every day with emotional, physical and financial issues but we are blessed with all the family and friends we have.
Love to all of you
Sherry and Steve
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Steve's recovery is going very well. He is getting a new prosthetic leg this doming week since he is or I greasing in his rehab and the doctors say they are impressed how well he is progressing. He is walking on the prosthetic more frequent and is now able to put the prosthetic leg on and off himself now. He drove the car yesterday for the first time since his amputation in June and he did great. He drove a short distance but baby steps right. Today he enjoyed watching the super bowl game with great friends.

Thank you for all your love and support
Love Steve & Sherry
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Update on Steve
He has graduated to a new slimmer prosthetic leg with more movement and better mobility. They took a cast of his stump and should get it within 2 weeks. The doctor said he is doing great. Steve is walking on Canadian crutches with the prosthetic leg and in the wheel Chair when he has to walk long distances but for the most part he rarely uses the wheelchair. The doctor wants him to start practicing to drive a car now.

Thanks for all your prayers and support!
Love
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Our goal has changed.... Thanks to all of you
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