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.
February 25, 2021
I’ve just shared my first post about the St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake fundraiser on social media. I always get so nervous when beginning a new push for fundraising. I worry that I’m asking to much, I worry that it will not be well received, I worry that I’ll get to many orders and my cupcakes maybe aren’t really that good….I get nervous!!
This time however, I have a little history sharing a fundraiser I’m nervous about, crossing my fingers, and being blown away by the beautiful outpouring of human kindness that followed. So, as nervous as I am tonight about the launch, and as tightly crossed as my fingers may be right now, I am cautiously optimistic that I will be up to my elbows in batter and frosting before too long!!! ( Hopefully
January 28, 2021
I just this second, wrote the last “thank you card” on a very long list, that unbelievably keeps growing, from the very first donation, to the most recent. Each card I wrote, made me feel like the grinch, as his heart outgrew his chest. The gratitude clumsily fell through each card, as I worked to express this new feeling I have. The donations, the private messages, the guest book signatures and messages of support, have all given me a an emotion I’ve never felt before. It’s gratitude, yes, but it’s so much more than that. It’s encouragement, and support, understanding and desire to help. It makes me to want to do right by all of you, and do the absolute best to become who and what I am supposed to be. It gives me strength. It gives me humility, and vulnerability. It revitalizes my desire to live the fullest life that I am capable of. It gives me joy. It gives me hope.
I know I’ve said it before, but PLEASE know how deeply and truly I mean, that “thank you”, isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.
Thank you all so very much, nonetheless.
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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.