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On November 19th, 2018 our Amy was involved in a life changing car accident. She was driving to pick up her 8 year old daughter and was T-Boned by a Chevy Silverado pulling a 5th wheel driving at 65 MPH.  She was air lifted to Orlando Health and is in Critical Condition and in a Coma.  Amy Sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). She has been diagnosed with a Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI or Brain Shearing) of the mid brain stem. She has been given a less than 50% chance of waking up and recovering. However, we are hopeful and believe with all of our hearts that she will overcome this.  So much financial support is needed as Amy and her husband Jon are facing medical bills that will be in the millions. Her loving husband Jon has taken a leave of absence from his job to be at home with their 8 year old daughter Parker, who is home schooled and to be at the hospital everyday for Amy in the hopes that he can be her long term care giver if she pulls through this. So many things are uncertain at this point but the one thing we know is that the road is going to be very long. We would appreciate any support that you can give as well as prayers and well wishes for our beloved Amy. She is the bravest lady we know and everyday we are hopeful that she will open her eyes again.

We will update as much as we can on her progress.

Thank you and we love you all.

#AMYSTRONG
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Today marks 7 months since Amy’s accident sudden life change. Our ames is continuing to battle every day and we are so proud of how much she pushes herself. She’s a true warrior and doesn’t let her bad days slow her down.

Although she is continuing to make improvements she is still in need of full time care. As of this writing she is immobile and unable to transfer herself to/from her wheelchair, unable to change her clothes (although starting to get better at taking off and putting on shirts), unable to fully feed herself and needs help adjusting her positioning when sitting or laying down.

A dear friend of ours Shana started Amy’s GoFundMe to assist with medical and life expenses. Every dollar that has been raised so far allows me (Jon) to stay home and care for her 24/7. We believe she will continue to improve and eventually make a good recovery, however she will still require full time care for the foreseeable future.

It’s never easy to ask for help, especially financial, but assistance will be needed moving forward. We are still in the process of trying to get her approved for disability assistance (7 months and counting) but as of now she’s without it. We ask for your help sharing Amy’s story and GoFundMe link to your family, friends, co-workers and whoever else you can think of.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts, we can’t possibly put in to words just how much all of your help means.

Much love,
ames and Jon
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Here's our first attempt at a podcast. The main reason we want to do it is to not only document Amy DeNapoli​'s voice as she recovers, but also allow others to hear her since she can't really post that much on her own yet.

(side note: I'm having trouble uploading it to Apple Podcasts. If anyone has a tip or trick please message me. Thanks!)

https://amystrong11.com/2019/06/12/podcasts/
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It's been a little longer than we'd like between posts, time has a tendency to move quickly these days. Amy has now been home for a little over 2 months, and we're about 6 1/2 months post accident. Some days are better than others but she keeps pushing ahead.


As of this writing she is still fully dependent on others to get around, needing assistance with things like getting adjusted while laying down (turned on her side, legs stretched or moved etc). Depending on the meal she also needs help eating, even finger food can be difficult for her to handle on her own but that doesn't stop her from trying. For the most part she can swallow ok, although she'll still have instances of coughing or choking a bit just about every meal.

One of the most frustrating things for her is the almost consistent feeling of being cold. It's mainly in her hands and is more nerve related than temperature, occurring typically when she's laying down. Of course the solution could be "well, don't lay down then" but I don't think that would go over well.


Her speech continues to improve but she has a long way to go. Most people have trouble fully understanding her, fortunately she's got Jon as her own personal translator (she might enjoy this a little too much). Every small improvement is a step in the right direction, even though not being able to clearly communicate can be frustrating for her.


There's no doubt we're facing a long battle, but we're also very aware of how fortunate we are to even have the opportunity to face this challenge together. The donations we continue to receive via GoFundMe and other outlets are an absolute life saver financially. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


I (Jon) also wanted to take time to acknowledge just how much of an amazingly strong woman Amy is. The accident that resulted in her T.B.I was actually the second major accident of her life. Today, June 4th, marks the 21st anniversary of her getting hit by a semi while driving her Honda Civic. That accident resulted in a herniated disk and a tumor in her spinal chord causing chronic pain and eventual nerve damage in her legs. This was BEFORE a traumatic brain injury and yet she still battles every day, doing her best to be the fun and outgoing Amy we all know and love. This woman is a true warrior and such a huge inspiration to me.


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Hey everyone, we finally had a chance to finish the first part of Amy’s blog. We’ll continue to update her progress here as well, but that will allow us to go more in depth. We’re also going to attempt a podcast, more on that soon.

As always we can’t thank you enough for the support, we are so incredibly grateful and we hope one day we will be able to pay it forward.

Much love to you all,

Amy and Jon

You can read her blog at www.amystrong11.com.
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