Three years ago, I woke up and could not feel my body. What would follow is a diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disease that would catastrophically change my life. The immediate onset of this disease, took away things I had previously taken for granted: my certainty in every step, my freedom of mobility, my self-esteem, my confidence, my career, my social life, and so much more.
I’ve come a long way through therapies, rebuilding where I’ve felt depleted. I’m finally at a point where I can safely set goals for independence and self-reliance, but that starts with a humble ask: help from my friends to support my purchase of adaptive hand equipment that will enable me to drive once again. Regaining my ability to drive will allow me to leave my home, seek out work, see friends, grocery shop, and more. Along with getting me on the road again, your donation will help defray some 15k worth of medical debt from secondary testing, and out of pocket insurance costs.
March 19, 2021
There is so much to catch you up on, it’s been a wonderful whirlwind of a week or so!! First, the cupcake sale has been wildly successful, if I do say so myself. I never imagined I’d have even a couple of orders, let alone three dozen cupcakes going out the day before and on St Patrick’s day! It has been such a rewarding experience. Not only does it feel great to have people say they liked my cupcakes, but meeting the people as we did a safe pickup was so great. It was wonderful to put names to the faces of people who, out of the kindness of their hearts (and a desire for to-die-for cream cheese frosting), ordered to support my cause. It was amazing.
Secondly, I DROVE YESTERDAY!!! I had received my learner’s permit in the mail, and my driving instructor and I had made appointments starting March 31st. She sent me a text Wednesday night, asking me if I could do the next day. YES. YES. YES. Anything else on the schedule (there wasn’t anything) can wait. I’m getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time in three and a half years. YES!!!
My whole body is still buzzing from the experience, the thrill, the glimpse of independence. I’m exhausted from remembering how not all that long ago, I did not have any hope that a day like yesterday would ever happen.
So man….what a week. Dozens of cupcakes for friends and supporters all around, my first driving lesson, and….my 43 birthday. I could do without the advanced age of the latter, but, getting behind the wheel on the day of my birth, seemed incredibly fitting.
Thanks for everything tribe. Your support means the absolute world to me.
March 7, 2021
I’m about a week and a half into my cupcake fundraiser, and I am thrilled with how it’s going so far! I have already gotten and fulfilled several dozen orders! I have also posted fliers around my apartment complex with the help of management, and some local businesses, with the persuasion of some cupcakes! It feels so good to give back, even in this small way. It feels good to challenge my body even on hard days, and pull up a stool to the counter if need be to get the frosting finished. It feels great.
I am looking forward to getting more cupcakes into tummies as St. Patrick’s day approaches, and my recipe continues to improve! I look forward to continuing to find ways to give back to all of those who support me.
In other big news this week, I passed my written permit exam!! I am waiting on the physical permit in the mail, and then, due to a private donor, I can work with a driving school. I am beyond thrilled to begin this part of my “comeback”; and yeah…that’s exactly what I’m calling it!!
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January 15, 2021
WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HONORED TO CALL YOU OUR FRIEND AND ARE IN SUCH AWE OF WHAT YOU HAVE GONE THOUGH AND OVERCOME. YOU ARE LOVED FRIEND. YOU WILL NEVER WALK DOWN THAT “LONESOME ROAD ALL BY YOURSELF”. WE LOVE YOU KJT!!
Keita and Emily Matsumoto
January 10, 2021
Love and prayers go out to you Kara! Always pray for miracles xo
January 4, 2021
I know that beautiful voice! Wonderful to hear it here. I didn't know about your illness, but the Natick Patch gave me the heads up. What courage and strength you have! Love to you and your terrific family.
December 31, 2020
Hoping you reach all your goals! I used to live in Wayland and remember your family.