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Just over a year ago I received the greatest gift...a new heart and a new lease on life. The recovery is an ongoing and uphill battle but a rewarding one at the same time.
After complications with the transplant I was unable to move most of my extremities. I could not lift my head, could not move my legs, but the hardest was not being able to move my arms so I could feel my new heart beat.
After months in the hospital I was moved to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and this was another blessing. I was not given a good prognosis and was not sure if I would be able to walk again and the use of a lift was needed to get me from my bed to a wheelchair. I remember it was the week before the SkyRise Chicago event and I told my TEAM that next year I would make the climb. I think they believed I was joking but I wasn't. The almost 4 months I spent at the AbilityLab were the toughest of my life but at the same time most rewarding. I added so many new and special people to my family. My PT's, OT's, ST's, nurses and doctors worked hard and gave it their all which in turn made it impossible not to give 120%.
The TEAM made my amazing finance and family feel a part of theirs.
My amazing TEAM, family and doctors have given me a chance to live my life and I am forever grateful. This summer I walked back into Wrigley Field, have gone to concerts and even tried swinging a golf club again. I am not physically back to where i want to be but will get there.
I WILL MAKE THE CLIMB UP THE 105 FLIGHTS!
I am participating in SkyRise Chicago, tackling the planet’s highest indoor tower climb of the Willis Tower to raise funds for the nation's best rehabilitation hospital – the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)!
The AbilityLab provides 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 will directly support advances in patient care and cutting-edge research.
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 by hand-cycling the equivalent distance. 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 of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a non-profit hospital. Your donation will help the research hospital continue to provide patients with world-class care for the brightest possible future.
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