My Father and I returned from our three week visit to Washington D.C. and Virginia at the beginning of December. The three weeks were filled with many post-op appointments, check-ups, physical therapy rehabilitation, vision therapy rehabilitation and even a White Tie Gala event! To say it was a busy time for us is an understatement – only now I am beginning to feel the exhaustion and experiencing a ‘flare up’.
Having a total of 5 surgical procedures all within a 6 month period (3 major neurosurgeries, a lumber puncture and brain surgery), there is no doubt that both my mind and body have suffered from severe anxiety and stress. Prior to having all these surgeries, I had some experience when having bilateral knee surgery (both knees done at the same time) in 2012. So I thought going through surgery once before meant I would be as cool and calm as a cucumber – but I can honestly say that each surgery was a completely different experience and is just as nerve-wracking.
Apologies to you all for not posting an update this last month. It has been a pretty hectic time for me and I have been unwell for several weeks. I am finally feeling a little more myself again and have some news to catch you up on!
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” Eleanor Roosevelt
As a “thank you” to those who have helped Laura on her way to a new life, there is, on offer, a token of appreciation in the form of a #CareForLaura wristband. Wearing one will be a reminder of what has been done, and what continues to be needed, for Laura and her family. If you have not donated yet and wish to contribute to Laura’s Third Critical Neurosurgery (12th April in Washington D.C.), please donate a minimum of £10 to Laura’s medical crowdfunding YouCaring site and you will receive a wristband (please read details below).
Continue reading “#CareForLaura Wristbands – Show Your Support”
Unfortunately, we found out in the follow-up appointment this past week that I have a herniated disc between C6-C7 vertebrae and further instability with overstretched ligaments between C6-T1 vertebrae (due to my EDS). This is causing me significant pain in my neck and will most likely need to be operated on. Continue reading “RECENT UPDATE: Possible 3rd Neurosurgery for Laura”
My Second Lifesaving Neurosurgery on Wednesday 17th February went well, even though there were some unexpected additional surgical procedures that were required during the operation to help improve and preserve my quality of life. Unfortunately, I have lost a significant amount of sensory function in my lumbar spine and lower limbs and control of my bladder/bowels. However scary this is for me at the moment, we are hoping these sensory function nerves have not been permanently damaged already (pre-surgery), and that instead it will heal with time – but this is very uncertain. Continue reading “QUICK UPDATE: Discharged from hosptial”
At the beginning of December 2015, I was told that I am in critical need of lifesaving neurosurgery that could only be done by the world expert in the USA. When my family and I first heard this news, we were not only shocked by the severity and complexity of my damages, but also by the ginormous price tag it came with. How on earth would I be able to raise over £75,000 in just three weeks? Continue reading “#CareForLaura Campaign Reaches Target!”