On August 1, 2019, I fell ill to viral meningitis. The viral meningitis was so severe that it caused an autoimmune disease known as Guillian Barre’s Syndrome with spinal cord involvement. The Guillian Barre’s Syndrome was a way of the body protecting itself, however, it left me as a paraplegic with bladder and bowel involvement. I have decreased to no sensation and movement below my waistline. After spending 98 days between the hospital and the acute rehabilitation hospital, it was time to go home. Unfortunately, I came home in a power chair with a lack of movement and ability to stand, walk and care for myself. I had a vibrant life before as a registered nurse and very active in my community and I want to return to that.<br></br>
<p>My hope is that this grant will assist me with transportation to get to and from therapy as well as to continue the therapy needed to one day return to serving my community.