Please Help Support Caitlin As She Strives for Success
On the morning of October 27, 2008, my happy, high-achieving, independent, seemingly-healthy 25-year-old daughter, Caitlin, didn’t wake up. She had suffered a stroke in the middle of the night. Then, two weeks later, while resting from hospital morning therapy, she had a seizure and second stroke.
August 8, 2017
I continue to work at improving my body movements, speech, and challenge myself by volunteering 4 mornings a week in a Pre-kindergarten classroom. In this classroom there are typically developing children as well as special needs preschoolers. It is a wonderful feeling to give back to the world in some capacity. ❤️
I have been working twice a week at a Club Pilates near my house and continuing to travel to Sacramento’s SCI-FIT once a week.
My biggest highlight during the last three months has been spending a lot of time with my nephew Sam who is now 10 months old. He loves to sit in the wheelchair with me and go for rides! He also likes to use my wheelchair as a climbing device. He truly is a light in my life.
October 24, 2016
October 27th marks 8 years since Caitlin’s first stroke at 25. She has been traveling her rehabilitation road for what seems like forever. It is just challenging everyday in many ways. We celebrate with joy as much as possible and persevere through the days that are filled with anger, frustration, and sadness.
Caitlin continues to work at staying physically strong at SCI-FIT, attending speech therapy sessions, integrative manual therapy sessions, volunteering four morning a week at Sarah Winnemucca Elementary School, and researching places to see across the United States. Two new additions to Caitlin’s life are a precious nephew, Sam and a year old rescue dog, Xena.
With much love, many hugs, and heartfelt gratitude to all those who have helped us along this journey! ❤️
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March 16, 2016
I read your article Sunday and could not help but be moved by your strength and courage. My donation will provide eight sessions of therapy. Never lose hope and faith. May God bless you, your mother and close family and friends.
March 13, 2016
Hi Caitlin. I read the RGJ article about you and was so pleased to see your smile. I have been praying for you and your family for years. We know each other. I took a Spanish class with you and we did a group project together on El Salvador. Remember, you brought Salvadoran food for the presentation? I later saw you at St Mary's where I work as a nurse. I followed your hospital course after your stroke and always wished I had known how you were doing. You are inspirational and I will continue with my prayers that you will walk again.
Christine (Gonzales) Shanley
January 8, 2016
you are amazing Caitlin!