After we arrived home, Cameron and I knew we needed technology in order for me to function efficiently and be able to communicate with my friends and family again. I really needed a new laptop and phone that was compatible with the voice-over application and other gadgets to make things easier for me in the home. All these things that I needed were going to cost a substantial amount of money and it was a lot to find. It was playing on my mind and I was quite stressed about it. One of my best friends put this little idea forward; she wanted to organise a fundraiser, to raise funds for our family to get the things I needed to be able to function. I was opposed to the idea at first because I felt like we had had enough help from our friends and families. I had a lot of pride and didn’t really want to draw any more attention to us than we already had.
However at the end of the day, our friends and family wanted to help. There was so much that I had to do on my own that no one could help me with; the one way people could help was to donate money to our family to take that extra pressure off. To be honest, it ended up taking so much pressure off us, which was one less pressure on our relationship.
My friend worked with another one of my friends, my brother and my brother in law to make this fundraiser day happen. A mycause page was set up and put on our family support page on Facebook, a space where our family and friends could track my progress. The post was shared over 700 times and many of our friends and family (and even strangers) donated. Enough money was raised to get the equipment we needed, seek second opinions from leading neurosurgeons and have a bit left over to save for any future surgeries I may need.
Cameron and I are so humbled by the generosity of our friends, family and complete strangers. It had a huge impact on us and we are forever grateful and thankful. It’s just goes to show that when you are in need, the people most important to you come together to help. At the end of the day helping others makes you feel good!