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Cindy’s Story – LUFC’s Fundraising Event


I would like to share with you a short version of my story on how I became an amputee on June 27, 2011.

Before I get into sharing my story I would like to give you the reason why I am writing to you.

I am a self employed personal trainer living here in Olympia, WA. Due to my line of work I have been unable to continue working with some of my clients and unable to recruit new clientele due to my medical challenges.

Even though I am still working with several clients as well as working-out in order to maintain my strength, I am in the process of getting fitted with my prosthesis and I am unable to pay my ever increasing medical bills including the amount my insurance will not cover (my prosthesis of all things if you can believe that).

They consider a prosthesis a durable medical device and will only cover a portion of it. I have applied for disability but due to my work status I did not accumulate enough credits to qualify.  I have applied for sponsor care in which I found out today that I do not qualify as to their rigid requirements. I have written and applied for assistance with my hospital bills to help me with my hospital stay, I still have not received an answer.

I have also written to the Amputee Coalition for assistance and heard nothing as well. I have even gone to my credit union and asked my loans officer if they could consolidate my credit card amount and my remaining balance on my vehicle. Due to my very limited income I was denied, the most my credit union would do for me was to offer me a 2 month deferral.

My husband is retired and has graciously been paying my monthly medical insurance premiums;he applied for his SSI early and incurredpenalties just so he could afford the cost of the insurance. All of these organizations that I have been applying for will not make any exceptions to their rules of the household earnings.

I was brought up with the understanding, that there are always exceptions to the rule and that everyone does not fit into the same mold.

I am asking for help; by either donations or fundraisers to be able to come up with the $2000 left remaining on my prosthesis as well as my balance for my room and board at the hospital. Once I can get my life back in order and become more proficient with my new prosthesis, then I can once again advertise and recruit and rebuild my clientele. I am even interested in working with amputees as the style of training that I do has made my recovery seem almost effortless. I am a very experienced personal trainer and have worked with almost ever medical issue and now that I am a thriving amputee I would love to help them regain their lives back too!

Here is a shorten version of my story…

2 ½ years ago I got out of my car and I was not able to bend my left ankle, I tried not to think about it, but it never went away. Long story short, my Achilles tendon kept tearing, they kept repairing it, and then my left leg swelled up, 3 days later the tendon totally ruptured. Now having a third surgery, I ended up having a Gastrocnemius recession-lengthening done so the same thing would not happen with my right leg, as well as a different type of repair to my left leg again. After my third surgery, my doctor knew there was a problem, he scheduled me for a fourth surgery and 2 weeks before that one, I got a very bad infection in my left leg.

I was rushed into surgery so they could open my leg and flush it out; the disease control doctor was put in charge of my case. The infection turned out to be E-Coli.   Now we all know you can’t get E-coli in a leg period let alone a leg without any open areas. The DC doctor and everyone else to this day have no idea how that could have happened.

They also told me at that time my tendon was dead again. I told my surgeon enough is enough and that I believe my tendon is degenerative. I was afraid of my leg and needed to be free of it. So I was put on iv fluids for 2 weeks to make sure the infection was under control before they took my leg off, they did not want the infection to spread up my entire leg. The 5 surgeries all took place between March 2010 and June of 2011.

I am ready to move on and get my life back~

My name is Cindy and I am asking if you would or could be willing to help me with a fundraiser or donate some money so I can pay some of my medical bills. Even if you could help with a $5.00 donation, it would bring me that much closer to meeting my goal. I would be so grateful to be able to sleep at night without having this medical nightmare looming over my head. Lastly, I would like to go on with my life so I can continue to help others!

Thank you for taking the time to read my story~



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