Melissa’s typical day is long. She works hard to do some of the most mundane things we take for granted. Every day. She doesn’t give up and she doesn’t ask why this happen. She doesn’t feel bad for herself or want anyone to coddle or pacify her. She has Speech to start the day, then a break before Occupational, then Physical Therapy. Twice a week, in order to extend her practice with vocalizing and restoring her voice, sustaining the breath, Missy works with an experienced Music Therapist. We use different parts of the brain to do things like sing and follow along with melodies. She has been working from the beginning on a Mind Body practice called Feldenkrais. She receives Reiki, she gets massages, Acupuncture.
Anyone who knows or has met her realizes Missy is not an ordinary person. She never has been. She has many interests and talents. She fiercely values her family and her work is her passion. Missy needs to begin returning to things she loves, even if it’s part time. She wants to go to the movies, to the spa, to see art, to go to the lake. We want her to do these things too, and we want her with us. This girl deserves it and she has earned it. The therapists said she is able to ride in cars without her chair. This is actually a big accomplishment that she now has the strength in her upper body to hold herself up. But that will not work when running errands or if she’s with someone who can’t properly transfer her, especially if she is not going just from point A to B. It is a process.
We are hoping to fundraise in order to purchase a vehicle in which she can get around with more ease. No one is giving up, especially not Missy. This doesn’t mean she will always need a van. The costs of wheelchair transportation will not work. One ride can be as much as $300, and possibly more if it’s a holiday or high volume. It makes sense at this point to look into. Just to think that we could all go places together again, we could pick Missy up and go about our day together. I truly believe Missy will continue to make more progress once she can start to live again. She’s on her way.