Following her fall from the horse, she had multiple surgeries and was able to walk again. She worked as a dispatcher, because she could no longer work as a firefighter/EMT. Eventually, the hardware put into her body caused the deterioration of her esophagus, leaving her unable to properly swallow. She had four surgeries to repair the esophagus, but it still did not work. She was left with two pockets in that area that collect food and medication, causing her to often choke on anything she eats. She still requires more surgery to fully repair it.
Every six months over the next several years she had spinal surgeries to keep her mobile and able to work in her dispatcher position. Then she was t-boned in a bad car accident, which caused new injuries to her Thoracic spine and required her to endure further surgeries.
Then Anne’s lumbar spine collapsed. Anne’s most recent surgery on January 21st, 2016 to repair this, was only suppose to leave her with a one month recovery time. However, it actually resulted in her developing a giant blood clot behind her left knee; low hemoglobin; severe edema in her lower extremities; “unimaginable” pain, and several months of recovery time. Anne has suffered numerous health set backs this year. Additionally, she has lost her income, home, her beloved animals and the active life she once enjoyed. Her belongings were packed up into a storage unit, which she will soon be unable to afford. She lives with her elderly, retired mother, who is on a fixed income and is finding it increasingly difficult to financially care for her.
Anne has been generously kept employed, on leave without pay, by the Martin County Fire Rescue, to continue her excellent medical insurance coverage, of which she is responsible for paying a portion. However, soon they may need to dismiss her from her position there, which will result in her needing to go to the Veteran’s Administration for her medical care. This is an agency with a poor reputation for the care they provide. Therefore, in order for her to continue with her current medical treatment, she will need to pay for her medical bills in full. Anne expects to return to her work, at least part time, as a dispatcher within the next several weeks, so she applied for temporary disability, but was denied. Apparently the disability administration denies everyone the first time around, so she has applied again and is waiting for approval. Anne is in desperate need of funds for food, her portion of medical insurance, medications, and living expenses, until she can get back to work or until she gets approved for disability benefits.
Please consider making a donation to Anne so she can keep her belongings in storage and assist her mother with her living expenses. No amount is too small. She is someone who has been 100% healthy her entire life until now, and has gone above and beyond to help those in need in the community. She is the one who needs our help now.
Thank you in advance for your support.