On September 27, 2007 I went from a completely healthy, active, just married 34-year-old woman to a C5 quadriplegic in about 4 hours due to a rare auto-immune disease called Transverse Myelitis. Since then I have been making slow but steady progress with the help of a fantastic team of therapists, family, friends and my amazing husband, Trevor. I am steeped in gratitude to all the generous donors who have helped me achieve many of my goals in recovery and independence. Every day brings new struggles, but also new achievements and, most importantly, hope.
March 4, 2020
On March 25th I will be having a major surgery with the intentions of acheiving a better quality of life and increased independance. It is called a mitrofanoff with a bladder augmentation. Recovery will be long and arduous, but the benefits will be worth it. I’ve done a lot of research and spoke with many people who have also had this surgery, and they all say the same thing: that it was the best decision they have made since their injury.
December 3, 2019
Much has happened since my last update. I am now driving independently and have found fulfillment through part- time work consulting with various non–profits. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with so many therapies and healing modalities not covered by insurance. They have helped tremendously with pain and gaining function, but I can longer afford to keep up with them. But, I have my handcycle and fitness classes to keep me healthy and fit! The big news is that I am planning on a significant surgery at the end of February that will dramatically change my life. It is called a mitroffanoff with a bladder augmentation. The recovery will be challenging, so I am hoping to raise funds to cover physical therapy and in home care immediately following the surgery. Any contribution would be so helpful to making this journey a success. Thank you!
August 13, 2015
Hi Cynthia- We were so happy to hear about you winning the van. The thought of it kept me smiling all day long. I can only imagine how this will change your life. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Lou and Janine Blanchet
August 13, 2015
Cynthia - it warmed my heart to hear that you won the van. I look forward to hearing some stories about your travels. I see you have a new member of the family. I had heard about Freckle but had not seen a picture - what a handsome companion you have! Congratulations and all the best to you and Trevor.
August 12, 2015
Cynthia, Congratulations on the van. As friends of Connie and Al, we get updates about you from them. Please accept our good wishes and admiration for all you do and for your perseverance. We are sending a donation today.
Mary Flores-Harper and John Harper
August 11, 2015
Cynthia, We are so thrilled about the van!!! We are just in awe over your courage and grace over the last 8 years. You are still the same altruistic person even with so many challenges. Lots of love to you, Trevor and Freckle.
Connie and Al Rogers