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Rebecca Aleck Koltun Needs Your Help

At age 21, due to a tragic accident, Rebecca is paralyzed from the neck down. Please help her get the spinal cord injury care and rehab she so urgently needs. ( If you want to follow Rebecca’s journey to recovery, scroll down and click “Subscribe”)
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Updates (23)

August 1, 2021

Dearest Friends and Family:

I was almost not going to write an update this week however Rebecca convinced me to do one anyway even though this was a tough week and there was not much to report. She chided me that people rely on and look forward to the updates. I told her I am fully aware of that and promised her I would get one out.

Rebecca was sidetracked for most of the week with some collateral medical issues that go along with her SCI (spinal cord injury). This of course is very disheartening for all of us especially since we are getting closer to discharge. We are hoping to put these issues in the rearview mirror so that Rebecca can continue on the road to recover as best as she can.

When I asked Rebecca what to include in the update she asked me to mention that she had lunch this past week with some of the other patients in the Lantern Room which is a community room on the SCI floor. This past week a good friend of Becca’s was discharged home. We will miss him! Even though Rebecca was not feeling great she still did all of her therapies. She facetimed a Stony Brook professor who is a quadripeligic and learned a great deal from her. She also has become friendly with a young man from the New England area who suffered a serious SCI in January of this past year. Ths nice young gentleman and his mom visited us this past week in person.

Rebecca has been painting pictures in OT. We have had several of them framed. This past week she gave one of those paintings to her OT who she has grown quite close with. These pictures all have different color patterns and sequences. Each of the paintings represents a different emotion that Rebecca has experienced at Spaulding. She told me she is considering marketing her paintings and auctioning them on Ebay. This is proof her entrepenurial spirit is in tact!

Audrey and I continue to prepare for Rebecca’s discharge and her transition back to the NY area. There is much to know with Becca’s care and many different tasks to do. None of them terribly hard but there are just alot of them!

We continue to be grateful for all the support that we have gotten on this rough road that we travel on. Thank goodness for all the friends who visit. Thank goodness for all the friends who have helped us with all of the other issues that we have to navigate. Thank you all for your interest and concern.

Love to all Audrey Scott Erik and Rebecca

July 24, 2021

Dearest Friends and Family:

This past week was a relatively quiet one for us up here. Erik was up for a few days which is always helpful for us. We are beginning to prepare as best we can for Rebecca’s eventual discharge from Spaulding and our return to the New York area. While we are excited about returning to New York, the prospect of leaving Spaulding where Rebecca has gotten fantastic medical care is scary. The thought of leaving many of the staff here who we have grown quite close with will be very emotional. As Rebecca has said there will be alot of hard good byes.

We will soon begin to interview potential caregivers for Rebecca. For those that have already given us names of leads for people we thank you. If anyone else out there can suggest good individuals for Rebecca’s care then please let us know. You can leave us a message on this site or contact Audrey through Facebook or email. Ultimately the goal is to have Rebecca take complete charge of her medical care. Thus we want her to participate in the recruitment process as much as possible.

Although it has been well over four months since Becca’s accident, it still does not seem real. Sad to say but I look forward to the day it does seem real. Will that take a year or two or more? I honestly could not tell you. A large part of the surreal nature of this experience is living away from home. My wardrobe up here is a fraction of what it is at home. I am so sick of wearing the same variations of tee shirts, sweathshirts,jeans and shorts. I have thought of burning all of my clothes from this journey with a big bonfire in my backyard when I return to New York. That would be a cathartic experience!

Becca continues to be a social butterfly on her floor. She enjoys the company of her fellow patients and socializes as much as possible. These patients are all different ages, some young and some older. They all come from different walks of life. Sadly they all share the common bond of spinal cord injury hence paralysis.

When the weather is nice we continue to get outside as much as possible. This past week saw many sunny days in the 70s with a cool breeze blowing off Boston Harbor. We enjoy sitting on the third floor pavillion breathing in the fresh air and soaking in the sun. We watch the ships float by. Many times we see rainbows on the horizon.

Thank you all for reading this blog and for continually showing interest in our story. It goes without saying that we value your support, concern and love for us.

With love, Audrey, Scott, Erik and Rebecca

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August 2, 2021

What a special painting!!! Thank you so much for posting it …. Prayers for the week.

Linda and Larry Greaver

August 1, 2021

I want to start out by thanking Rebecca for this weeks update. What an amazing girl to think of the rest of us even after a rough week. I have enjoyed getting to know Rebecca through these updates. I love her personality and her determination. As so many others have said these updates keep us connected to her journey. I believe with all my heart better days are ahead. Please know we think and pray each day. There are so many people rallying behind Rebeccas recovery. Thank you Scott for taking the time to share the good and the bad. We know it’s an undertaking but you continue to share and we truly appreciate it. May God Bless Rebecca and your entire family. We look forward to the celebratory days ahead for Rebecca. Love always, Debbie Conk & Family

Debbie Conk

August 1, 2021

Dear Scott, Audrey, Erik & Rebecca, Thank you Rebecca for encouraging your dad to keep us updated in spite of not having a good week. To hear how Rebecca is connecting with others in similar situations is a testament on how determined she is to keep moving forward. It’s also heartwarming to hear that others with SCI’s are offering their support, knowledge and being a resource to her…truly instrumental in Rebecca’s recovery. We continue to pray, support and share Rebecca’s story and look forward to learning when your family is back at home together. Keep us posted on those paintings too…I’d love to order one. With love, Donna Donnelly & Family

Donna Donnelly

August 1, 2021

Scott, thank you for your updates during the “good, bad and challenging “ days and weeks. Rebecca is correct, there are probably many of us who wait on Fridays for your update so we can know how things are going and how to specifically direct our prayers. Please know that you are all in our prayers as you navigate this up and down road, uncertain and challenging days and especially as you all prepare for the next step that takes you closer to home. If you get a chance and Rebecca is ok with it, it would be great to see a picture of one of her paintings. How special for that OT to receive one. As a PT, I can tell you that when we receive special gifts or notes like this, they mean so much to us and inspire and motivate us more than you can imagine …. Daily prayers …

Linda and Larry Greaver