Please Help Me Regain My Independence by Modifying my Car and Assisting with my Disability Driving Classes
Hi, My name is Jennifer Powell, and I am a 40 year old wife, mother of two, and a registered nurse who was diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome. On March 26, 2018, I underwent what was supposed to be a minimally invasive Lumbar fusion. Unfortunately, there was a complication during the surgery and I lost the ability to move my legs. After 8 weeks of intensive acute rehab, and months of outpatient therapy, I am able to walk short distances with the assistance of ankle braces and a walker or crutches. I use a wheelchair for longer distances, as I tire easily. I have not regained the ability to move my right ankle enough to be without the stiff AFO brace when I walk or to be able to move it fast enough to be able to drive. I have been having to rely on friends, family, and Uber to get places, which can be costly, as well as complicated to set up at times.
September 3, 2020
Due to our awesome efforts here and on the Facebook fundraiser, I have scheduled my first driving class. The first class will be more about reaction time and mental capabilities than actual driving, but I’m happy to be started on this journey. And it wouldn’t be possible without all of your help.