Since Isabella’s Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), I have found hope to be crucial on this journey. Hope that against all odds it would somehow work out. Hope that things would turn around. Hope that I was doing the right thing. Hope that this medication or therapy or doctor etc. would be just what is needed to move forward. Without hope what is there left? I always try to encourage others to sustain realistic hope. As I watched Isabella continuing to regress and decline, I started to lose hope that we could turn this around. Although every time I looked at Isabella I knew I had to continue fighting on. She hadn’t given up hope so neither would I.
As I embarked on a path to raise twenty two thousand dollars for Isabella to have her own Hyperbaric Oxygen chamber at home I found the hope start to build. I heard the doubt in others voices and I knew it was a lot of money, but I knew that we would raise the money somehow some way. My husband and I reached out to anyone and everyone asking for their help. We had our family, friends, my amazing support group and complete strangers helping us figure out a way to make it happen. The outpouring of love and support was incredible. I spent my nights researching ways to raise money knowing full well that any fundraiser that was set I couldn’t physically be there. I continued on because I knew HBOT provided hope that we could turn this around for Isabella. I had hope that we could do this for her.
As the end of September approached, so did the fifth anniversary of my Nana’s death. I truly believe she is always watching out for us. That week things started to come together. That hope that I had struggled to find again was starting to rebuild. It is often said that it only takes one person to make a difference but I truly believe it is a lot of people doing what they can together.
With each person or company I reached out to it led us one step closer. As Isabella’s story was shared, I received the most amazing email on the anniversary of my Nana’s death. Guardian Angel Motorsports heard about Isabella. After speaking with the founder, they agreed to donate the rest of the money needed to get Isabella her HBOT chamber. It has been a few days and yet I am still in shock that this has really happened. Isabella’s HBOT chamber has been ordered and it is in transit to us. I truly believe that my Nana placed this Earth Angel in our path because she saw that I kept pushing through knowing that for Isabella I would do anything. My hope may have wavered but it was never truly lost. What I want others to know is that when things seem impossible and the odds seemed stacked against you, remember to keep pushing forward. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible” – Christopher Reeves
Guest Blogger, Kristin Olliney-Apruzzese, is the mother of 8-year-old Isabella, who suffered sudden acute encephalitis when she was just 4. Kristin’s bi-monthly blog, Mommy of a Miracle, talks about the trials and joys of raising a brain injury survivor.
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