Support The Woodward Family

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Raised by 1,714 people in 7 days
Created February 8, 2019

Anyone who knows Josh and Chelsea Woodward knows one thing. They are two of the most genuine people you will EVER meet.
Some other things you may know: They have two beautiful young children, Jax (5) and Holland (3).
Josh is an amazing dad, an Albany airport firefighter, and all around fun-loving guy. Chelsea is a self-employed "mom-preneur" photographer in the Capital District and has shared so many of your happiest life moments behind the lens of her camera.

These two are the ones you want on your team.

On Monday, February 4th, on their usual date night, Josh mentioned that he thought he'd pulled a muscle in his arm and it was sore. Being a firefighter, this isn't an unlikely occurrence. The next day he woke up with a fever but thought absolutely nothing of it, figured he caught what their two young kids had a few days prior and expected a few days of yuck.
Wednesday night (2/6), over night, the pain from the “pulled muscle” became excruciating and the fever persisted. Chelsea and Josh assumed he must have actually torn a muscle and figured he should go to the ER for some meds to help ease the pain and maybe a sling for his arm. It was such a casual occasion that Chelsea dropped him off at the ER, kissed him and said, text me when you want me to pick you up. Within a couple of hours a doctor was calling her from his phone saying she needed to get back to the hospital ASAP if she wanted to see him before he went in for emergency surgery.
Josh did not have a flu, he was SEPTIC.
They THOUGHT initially it could have been a small cut near his arm or even just a pimple that grew inwards but TURNS OUT THE INFECTION STARTED WITH STREP, STREP. The infection was so bad all near his arm and chest it took the doctors about two hours to operate on him just to clean out as much of the infection as they could, but by the time they got in there, it had already spread to his heart, lungs, kidney, and liver.

Josh is currently fighting for his life AT  St. Peters Hospital! 

His kidneys are failing and he is on dialysis.
He is currently stable, but these are critical hours.

All Chelsea can do right now is sit by his bedside, pray, and wait for a miracle.

What WE can do is come together to support this family by prayer and action. 
Being self-employed does not lend well to these situations and Josh is going to have a long road to recovery. Chelsea will need to take time off from her business in order to care for him and maintain stability in the life of their children.

We are raising funds to support the family for childcare and medical expenses during this time.
It's our turn to be on THEIR team!

Anything you can contribute to them is a blessing.

We are not promised tomorrow : all we have is this moment. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the continued love and support towards this incredible family.


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2/15 9 Am

Good morning!

JJ is waking up more this morning!
He LIT UP when he saw me.
What I could read in his eyes was “you’re real????? I thought I dreamed you up!!”

I can’t imagine what it’s like in his brain right now, where the lines between dreams and reality and memory are all overlapping.

Everything is pretty calm ((well, considering)) with him. Yesterday the sedation was wearing off and although it was good to see him with eyes open and fighting, he seemed agitated. Today he seems a bit more aware but also much more calm.

I asked if he’d get off the vent today and a nurse told me, probably not, he has come WAYYY too far to take the tube out now and set back his beautiful progress. But as we all know by now, josh has a mind of his own. So I guess we will see ❤️

I haven’t seen the influx of doctors yet, but so far, that’s what’s up!

You’re probably sick of me saying it but thank you, thank you, thank you. I really believe it’s the out pouring of love from you guys that is making the difference here .

#woodwardstrong #thefivepercent

Insta: chelsea_woodward
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2/14 5:30 PM

I’m smiling because I’m imagining josh being proud of me.

Thank you to the person who had put their blood into a blood bank that played an active role in saving my husbands life. I am eternally grateful. Maybe in 8 weeks my blood will play an active role in saving someone else life. ❤️

This was my first time giving blood. I was a little nervous, but worth it.

While I was there I ran into someone I “know” from the photographer circuit here in the Capital Region. She introduced herself and said she saw my post and was inspired. ❤️ this will carry me through the evening with joy in my heart.

How is Josh? Well, he was so solidly stable I felt comfortable leaving the 5 mile radius of the hospital. goal extubation is ON! Let’s hope by this time tomorrow he is breathing tube free!! kidneys still want your prayers, too.

#woodwardstrong #thefivepercent

Insta: chelsea_woodward
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Until it happens to you...

Last night when they gave my husband a bag of blood, I wanted to hug the human who donated that bag.

Today is national donor day...isn't that crazy? I am going to step away from Josh for a little bit this afternoon since he is doing so well today to donate a bag of blood.

Faith in Action.

#woodwardstrong #thefivepercent

Edit to add: you guys are the CUTEST!! You cannot donate directly to Josh, there is a whole process...imagine that ;-) But blood in the bank, is blood in the bank!

insta: chelsea_woodward
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2/14 8AM

Peep dem baby blues!!!!!!

I guess we are going to have to go back to celebrating Valentine’s Day on the 14th like the rest of the world because this is the best gift I could ever ask for!

He’s moving his good hand around trying to check out what the heck is going on, which is a really good sign!!!

#woodwardstrong #thefivepercent

Insta: chelsea_woodward
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