#ShareTheStrength: Mrs. Kathy Nixon
This month we are sharing the strength with Mrs. Kathy Nixon who is battling a rare autoimmune condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Mrs. Kathy is the mother of my former gymnastics teammate from high school, Kelsey. They are the sweetest family and need support and prayers as Mrs. Kathy is running the biggest race of her life!
According to gbs-cidp.org, GBS is characterized by the rapid onset of numbness, weakness, and often paralysis of the legs, arms, breathing muscles, and face. Paralysis is ascending, meaning that it travels up the limbs from fingers and toes towards the torso. The cause is unknown. Recovery may occur over six months to two years or longer.
As of today, June 1st, 2016, Mrs. Kathy is on Day 39 of this battle and getting stronger each day. Here is Kelsey’s latest update from her facebook page:
“UPDATE: God is so good! Mom is still making great strides. She spends most of the day off the vent and able to talk, the next few days the goal is 16 hours, 16 hours, then 24 hours, and 24 hours; then we can downsize the trach. She got to eat apple sauce for the first time today and drink a little water. She said it was the BEST apple sauce she has ever had. She says rehab is still really painful and tiring, but she is getting stronger. She says it feels like pins and needles as her body is “waking up” again, but these are good things, because before she couldn’t feel it at all. She is moving her legs and arms more as well.
She still wants visitors there 24/7. We have been so blessed with the outpouring of love and support. You all are AMAZING! It’s getting better now that she can talk and she is less anxious.”
Kelsey has been keeping all of her family and friends up to date via facebook throughout the whole journey and seeing the amount of love and support Mrs. Kathy and the Nixon family has is awe-inspiring. They exemplify what “Share The Strength” is all about and Mrs. Kathy is continuing to touch so many lives! She truly is a very special person.
There are several ways you can share the strength with Mrs. Kathy and family: