Mom's Path to Healing
Organized by: Shawn Reed
Thank you so very much to a couple of Mom's friends who sent her donations! We have just 2 weeks to raise the rest of the first $6101 payment due for her first surgery on May 14th.
My Mom has always been there for me. This time she needs me to be there for her. My Mom, Terry, suffered a severe disunion of her shoulder/arm over 5 years ago that surgeries were not able to adequately repair. So, she has struggled with daily tasks and work requirements for a long time, unable to afford the long-term physical therapy that could help.
Now, in addition, for well over a year,she has tried every way imaginable to cover the medical costs of several surgeries needed to repair multiple hernias that have come up due to many abdominal surgeries in the past. Some of these hernias are so large and protruding that she has difficulty doing simple things. She has not been able to work for the first time in her life.
For as long as I can remember, my Mom worked as a teacher and then a workshop presenter and consultant. Now, travelling is far too difficult and she cannot stand for long periods of time or even reach to write on whiteboards.
For most of my life, it has been just her and I. I am limited in what I can do with my income, but have brought her in to live with me. But she really needs more help than I can provide on my income.
She needs long-term physical therapy for her shoulder/arm and extensive surgeries for the hernias. Although she has newly acquired insurance under the ACA, there is limited or no coverage for long-term physical therapy and for an initial surgery needed. She has continued to take on small work tasks despite the strain and still offers short counsel when possible. We have both worked hard to save money, but at this rate, it could be years - and too late.
I hope to raise money to enable her to have the surgeries she needs and the therapy required, so she can return to being the independent, productive, dynamic woman I admire. She has always given so much of herself to so many in need and I want her to now have help in her time of need.
We always take for granted the seemingly easy skills of opening a jar, combing our hair, holding a baby in our laps, working on the computer or even standing for a period waiting for a bus. These and many many other skills are beyond my Mom's reach. Please help me give my Mom back her health.
I hope to have help start becoming available for her by Mother's Day this year - the best gift imaginable! Plus, I will share with you the song I am writing to make her smile and let her know how much I love her. I am attaching a picture that shows her in brighter times only a year ago.
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer -