Get Shelly Back on Her Feet (Literally)
Organized by: Sarah James
August 22, 2016
My Stepmom, Shelly, is kind, funny, fierce and loving.
And she has been fighting to be healthy since 2004.
For almost 13 years she lived with worsening heart function, becoming unable to work in 2011 and being hospitalized several times along the way, the last of which was on her 50th birthday last October.
And then, in late June she received a transplant.
In early July, while still in the hospital recovering from transplant, she suffered a series of strokes. The strokes have impacted her speaking ability and immobilized much of her right side.
Shelly is a fighter. She is still in the hospital working for hours each day to regain every bit of skill that she can. In just over a week Shelly will be ready to come home from the hospital. She will need continued high level care, her home will need to be modified to be accessible, and she will require costly equipment for her comfort.
Some of these big-ticket items include:
- Remodeling driveway/steps for accessibility = $12,500
- Installing chair lift to house = $7,585
- Purchasing a motorized wheelchair = $2,545
- Purchasing an adjustable bed = $3,150
- Continuing intensive therapeutic care = every bit of therapy helps
All our lives are better for having Shelly in them. She deserves a break. Let's give her one.