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November 1, 1997 I had a motorcycle accident that resulted in left tibia and fibula spiral fractures and a very unusual ankle fracture. Ultimately it resulted in my left below the knee amputation due to a post op MRSA bone infection on December 10, 2015.
My most disabling condition is rare and little is known about it: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) as well as Fibromyalgia and most of the coexisting conditions of both. I also have osteoarthritis in multiple joints including my spine due to the various traumas I’ve experienced.

I’ve had medical issues my whole life. I was born with a large and painful left ankle arterio-venous malformation long before the medical community knew what it was and I was told there was nothing wrong with me. 
I’ve had multiple traumas including April 1981, I was run over by a bus while riding a bike with friends.  My head bounced off the back tire a couple times and I ended up with several scalp wounds and a concussion.  My right little and ring fingers were mangled and partially reconstructed after countless surgeries over 1 ½ years.  

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June 14, 2021

Last week one of the motors on my donated power wheelchair died. Since it was old and rebuilt when I got it last year, it really isn’t worth fixing and wondering when it will break and what it will cost to fix again.
Since Medicare doesn’t think leaving my home is considered medically necessary, the purchase of a new power wheelchair would not be covered. I have a manual wheelchair with a SmartDrive power assist that is only suitable for home use.

So, I’m also fundraising for a new power scooter. I do not need all the features of power wheelchair. And since any repairs or maintenance would not be covered by insurance, I’ve decided on a brand and model with a great reputation – Afiscooter C4.

I’m hoping I raise enough to purchase it during the summer so my Service Dog Tallene and I can get outside for walks and on the trails again!

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June 9, 2021

Can’t wait for you to hit the road in your van Pam!