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Almost four 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 desire to help me pay down some 20k in medical debt, and hopefully, help me procure/purchase a car with 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.

Updates (25)

January 10, 2022

Hi all! I hope your holidays were all peaceful, cozy, and shared with your loved ones.

So much has been going on, I'm sorry I haven't written in a while. I NEED to send out a huge THANK YOU to those who donated on giving Tuesday. We raised almost $1,200 on that ONE day, and I remain unable to express even an ounce of my gratitude, properly.

I am also so thankful that work is going well, and I am once again taking on therapy clients, getting

to use my education. I need to take my LCSW exam, and am hoping to set a realistic time frame as to when I will be ready. Another couple of weeks back into the swing of things post holidays, I will have a good idea how much time I can put into studying per week, and guestimate how many study sessions I'll need from there. I'm definitely going to have to learn everything all over again! I'm feeling up to the challenge, and I'd love to shoot for mid spring to take the exam.

I'm feeling up to continuing overcoming challenges and scary things. So much of that self confidence is because of how you've all accepted me, supported me, and touched my heart in ways you'll never know.

I hope you're as ready to make this year full of new wins as I am. I know because of you, that ANYTHING is possible, and I'll be damned if I ever lose sight of that lesson. Go get 'em, tiger.


November 30, 2021

Hi all!

Today is Giving Tuesday, and I've got my Facebook fundraiser going strong! I was scared to do another fundraising push, as now that I'm working and have my car, it appears as if my goals have all been met. SO MANY of them have been met, directly in thanks to this organization, my sucking it up and asking for help, and all of YOU who have not only financially helped my "return to society", but have emotionally been there by signing this guest book, or liking my fundraising posts, who keep me going and motivated to do more and more with my new life.

Medical debt, outrageous copays for infusions, prescriptions, & insurance premiums still loom overhead, like a book report due yesterday.

Unlike the book report, I KNOW we can tackle this project and get it done with flying colors. Hell....look how far we've already come!!

I'll keep watching my fundraiser today, and my heart will continue to grow like the Grinch's on Christmas morning, with every donation, like, and message of support. Thank you for all of it. Thank you. ✌️

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November 29, 2022

Kara: you inspire me and so many others daily with your perseverance, grit, and humor. Love ya.

Vicky Shen

November 26, 2022

Always a supporter of this great cause!

Joyce Samuels

September 4, 2021

You rock, Toomster! Love and miss you.

Kristen Miller Gavazza