Welcome to Paul Castonguay's Story
I am participating in SkyRise Chicago 2017, tackling the planet’s highest indoor tower climb at the Willis Tower to raise funds for the nation's best rehabilitation hospital, according to US News and World Report – Shirley Ryan AbilityLab formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)!
They provide world-class rehabilitation care to thousands of patients for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, stroke and cancer recovery, and more. The funds raised through SkyRise Chicago 2017 will directly support advances in patient care and cutting-edge research at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (SRALAB).
SkyRise Chicago is truly a special event. It’s the only tower climb in the world to offer two modes of participation - by foot up the Willis Tower stairs and via stationary hand-cycling the equivalent distance uphill. These options give anyone, no matter their level of ability, the opportunity to participate.
Help me as I challenge myself physically and mentally to complete the climb and support SRALAB, a not-for profit hospital organization. Your donation will help SRALAB continue to provide patients with world-class care for the brightest possible future. I am doing this for all the people that can't physicaly do the climb due to spinal cord injuries or strokes. I have been there .At the time of the climb it will be just over 15 months since my strokes(2).i will do this after everthing else this will be nothing.i can walk and breathe and talk.it is already done in my head.That's where it all starts. In your mind.
SRALAB admited me while i was diagnosed locked in with a frozen left shoulder. I was tranfred by hoist from my bed to chair. I could not talk, I could not move anything but my eyes. I felt like the tin man in the Wizard of Oz, with out the oil.I probhably could use a new brain. The doctors showed me a picture of a normal human brain.Thewn they shoed me apictre of my brain.The best way i can describe it isit looks like "DIRTY SCRAMBLED EGGS".I stared at my left hand for weeks,until i finaly made it move.i had the best care from the pesonal care techs.My favorite was Clifton Bent. They had to do all the things i could not. I did not sleep for the first sven weeks,the last thing that i can remember is the neurogist at st Anthony's told me i was fine ,therew was nothing wrong with meand he told me to get some sleep, and i never woke up again, Thats why i was afraid to go to sleep. I was always tired during therapy. They even tied resistace bands to the bed ,so i could work out at night.They got me on my feet and then walking,eventualy they had me doing stairs.one day ,i was on the treadmiland my stint got blkocked and i passed out.i was sent to nortwesrn ,they checked my heartand mried fbrain.I had double vision Thet took out my trake eventualy,then speech therapy started.I could not move my tounge, my face ,lips, cheeks,roof of my mouht were allnumb and i could not feel them.In december,i finaly removed my own feeding tube at the doctors office The doctor said it could come out any time.That's all i needed to hear ,he turneds around to get a seringe of local anesthedic and i pulled it out when he turned his back.that's the old me coming thru.i stil have no bowel or bladder control.They said the stint was blocked 100%,but somehow my brain was already forming colateral veins.after a few more days of recovery and tests,i went back to RIC. they eventualy put us back in a private room,in order for my wife to stay.she was with me 24 hrs. a daY FROM DAY ONE for seven months. she even closed her business during that time.she also,drove me to and from out patient rehab.she waited 6 hrs for me to finish,monday Thak you NEW BALLANCE.hru friday,for 4 months.after what has happened,i am not only convinced that i will finish the climb, i will finish it as fast as i can.thank you NEW BALANCE!plese help me help RIC. thank you and god bless.
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