Quick update

Just a quick update. I’ve been super busy painting. I have four pieces I’ve donated to different benefits. It is important for me to “pay it forward” after so many people have been so wonderful towards me. I feel blessed I’m able to give back in some small way, it’s very rewarding.

I will be having my surgery tomorrow morning. It’s outpatient so I will be back home by evening. It is a minor surgery, but I’m still a little nervous. All I can do is pray that there will be no complications and I have a quick recovery.

On another note, I have an MRI scheduled Monday. I am concerned about my lumbar spine. Not only have I been able to feel actual pain (which I’m usually unable to sense pain below my injury), but my spasticity has dramatically increased– a sign that something is wrong. While I pray nothing is seriously wrong, I’m also hoping that we find what is causing my issues and that we are able to address it without complication.

I appreciate all prayers.

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”

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About Katy Blake
First and foremost I would like to thank everybody who's come to this page, people I've never met who have encouraged me, prayed for me, inspired me, have been inspired by me, shared my story with others, and have financially helped with the cost of living with a spinal injury. For those who do not know my story, let me start on June 13, 2010. I was on a canoe trip with a group of friends when I went for a dive in the creek that we were traveling in. As soon as I jumped, I realized how shallow it was but it was too late. I hit the bottom headfirst and although I remained conscious mentally, my entire body from head down went numb and lifeless in the blink of an eye. What was probably only 20 seconds seem to be hours as I lay face down in the water until my friends realized something was wrong and pulled me out. Within the hour I was air lifted to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS, where I was diagnosed with having an incomplete C-5 fracture spinal cord injury. There I was, 23 years old and being told by the doctors I would never move past my biceps again. I guess it is a good thing I never listen to anyone, because I refused to listen to them. I stayed in ICU for a month and a half on a ventilator with pneumonia in my lungs. Although I had many setbacks while in the hospital, (pressure sore, problems with breathing, leaky feeding tube), I never let it get me down or stop me from working to gain as much recovery as possible. I eagerly participated in as much physical therapy and occupational therapy as possible and never stop moving as much as I could, hoping that I would regain muscles back in my arms. By the time I left the hospital on September 6, 2010, nearly 3 months after my injury, I was just beginning to learn how to feed myself. I attended Mississippi Methodist rehab for a month; however, I was so weak from being in bed for three months in the hospital that I was hardly able to do the exercises they tried to have me doing. That was when I first encountered problems with Mississippi Medicaid. I have fought many battles to be approved by the state Medicaid program, I was even denied for nearly 2 months which meant that all outpatient therapy that I was receiving was stopped, and I suddenly had to pay full price for the costly medicine I have to be on. I had private insurance all my life up to 10 months before the accident when I was no longer in school and not eligible under my mother's insurance. I created this page to help gain exposure, hoping that I reach the right person who could help. In today's world, you can become famous (or viral) online overnight, thus was born help Katy back to rehab on Facebook. What an amazing journey it has been since then. It has put happiness and hope back into my life and for society in general. I have met the nicest, most caring people who are inspired by me as much as I'm inspired by them. We were also able to do fundraisers raise enough money for me to attend additional rehab at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA, a well-known spinal cord injury rehab facility. This is just the beginning. I truly believe I can walk again if I have the right therapy and medical care because I definitely have the drive, willpower, and motivation to go further than the doctors ever would have imagined. But as they say, Rome was not built in a day. As to this date, (2/28/12), I brush my own teeth and hair; wash my face; feed myself; play the wii; use the computer, cell phone and iPad all without finger function; roll myself over; pull myself up; push myself in a manual chair; and have most recently took up painting. One day I was even sneaky enough to get in the kitchen cabinet to get a spoonful of peanut butter- well worth the effort it took. But I know this is only the beginning of the journey. The more exercise and therapy I receive to become stronger and more independent, the sooner I can return to school, get a job, and give back to the community for what they have done for me. I'm beginning to speak to children in school about spinal cord injury, safety, and motivation- to never give up and never give in. Miracles happen every day but you have to believe, and you have to work hard. I want to thank you again for reading my story and would sincerely appreciate you taking a moment to help spread the word by sharing this on your own Facebook page, email to others, twitter, or by word of mouth. You never know who you may reach and who may be able to help. I ask each of you reading this to please help me in spreading the word of my story. In less than 60 seconds, by simply sharing my page to others, perhaps more people will read about my determination to recover and hopefully reach enough recognition so that I may receive more help. The power of Facebook and online media in today's society is an amazing tool to spread the word of a great cause. I'm not looking for a handout, I'm looking for a hand up. I graciously thank you for your support in helping me achieve my dreams, which is to regain as much function as possible, to perhaps even to walk again. God bless.

4 Comments on Quick update

  1. Lots of prayers from Minnesota! Please update us when you can.

  2. CP Winters // June 19, 2012 at 11:53 pm // Reply

    Praying for success or tomorrow Post as soon as possible

  3. Praying for you, sweet girl. You know I love you. Please keep us posted.

  4. Katy, You and your family are in our prayers each day. Best of good fortune with tomorrows procedure. We wait for the good news…pat

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