Fundraiser to help Teena, a head injury survivor get medical treatment for her husband who receoved a double lung transplant and keep her home .
They need to travel a 400 mile trip to UAB for treatment, cover insurance and medical costs involved.and they are in jeapordy of lossing their mobile home.
Because it is a mobile home they cannot refinace and the interest rate is 12%. We are trying to raise funds to buy out the mortgage on the mobile home so they can keep their home.
Family Photo at Christmas 1967. Teena is the tiny little one in the front center -botton row. Can you guess which one I am?!
Help Change Their Luck
My sister Teena and her husband Joe live in Atmore Alabama. Joe is a friendly southern gentleman willing to help anyone at any time. Joe has been a really nice brother in-law and a wonderful husband to my sister. Although it has been hard to understand his thick southern accent my family has been really blessed to have him in our sister’s life. He’s one of the lucky things in her “a bit unlucky” life.
Joe received a double lung transplant – Teena needs her husband in her life. I am calling this fundraiser “Change Teena’s Luck” she needs this to go right! She needs to keep her husband healthy and keep her home. Let me quickly share why I feel she needs a change in luck.
Born teeny tiny Teena, with an underdeveloped digestive system she struggled from birth to thrive, and suffered frequent hospitalizations as a toddler with kidney problems.
At 2 yrs old accidently burned by two cups of scalding coffee as she ran and threw her arms around her mom’s legs to hug her; Teena was a patient at Shriners Hospital in Springfield Massachusetts. Third degree burns down her tiny neck, shoulder and torso needed long painful treatments and skin grafts. She has the scars to show how seriously she was burned.
At seven years old while riding her bike out of a friends driveway she was hit by a car an declared clinically brain dead (she wasn’t). She survived 4 weeks in a comma and endured years of rehabilitation to learn to talk and walk all over again. Many surgeries for her wondering eye, residual weakness of her left side, knee surgeries and anti-seizure medicines are just part of the continuous lifelong treatments that followed. Today Teena still suffers left side disability and many painful complications from her childhood accident which are worse with age.
In 2009 emergency surgery for abdominal issues resulted in a second emergency surgery and a colostomy. Teena was in intensive care in Alabama and unable to attend her mom’s funeral in Massachusetts.
At this time Joe was diagnosed with terminal lung disease and his health rapidly declined, and Teena and Joe’s world took another bad turn.
This past year a brave surgeon reversed Teena’s colostomy that others said could not be done. I think that was a turning point in Teena’s luck.
This year Joe had his lung transplant and has some ups and downs and scares with rejection but with the 17 pills he takes a.m. and p.m and the many trips back to UAB for monitoring he is doing well and we are very blessed. Teena's luck is changing.
My sister, deserves to have a healthy husband to share her future with. Although she very much wanted children she was not able to have children. Joe and her pets are her life. Her life has had blessings but has also been a string of bad luck. And now she has been repeatedly fighting off bill collectors and reprocession of her mobile home due to the financial stress of her husbands medical costs.
Teena's luck is changing and she has many things to be greatful for but those big hits of life keep coming at her. The treat of lossing her home is such a blow to her security and need to provide a healthy enviornment for her husband. I hope this fund raiser will help her keep her home and then one more stroke of bad luck will be dashed and hopefully she will have peaceful happy days to live out her life with her husband in her home.
You can help change Teena’s luck ~ donations ~ solutions to refinancing a mobile home ~ sharing the link to the fund raiser are all very appreciated helps!