This right here is a photo of my sister-in-law, Andrea, and her husband Tink a couple weeks ago. They went on a WINTER hike up a mountain that was covered in ice and snow. Yes, this is the same sister-in-law who I spoke about on my blog back in October. Then, she was anxiously hoping and waiting to have a life-changing brain surgery to rid her of the terrible Parkinson’s symptoms she was experiencing. Fast forward to present day and she is hiking MOUNTAINS! In the SNOW!
I want to first start out by thanking everyone who helped support Andrea in receiving this surgery. We raised more than enough money, and she donated the extra funds to future Parkinson’s research. She was incredibly excited, and didn’t even bat an eye about having to fully shave her head beforehand. We received a photo of her smiling with a big thumbs up pre-surgery. She was so happy and ready to go.
According to her doctor, the surgery went very well. I spoke to Andrea about how she has been feeling since the surgery, and these were her remarks:
My symptoms from Parkinson’s are gone. I’m able walk normally again, and I don’t have to worry if I will actually make it out of the woods if I go on a walk. I’m thinking I could walk endlessly. It’s been a incredible mind and body experience that still amazes me everyday I get out of bed and simply set my feet on the floor. And then, I think I couldn’t have had this chance without the help from everyone who donated. Living with gratitude is a wonderful feeling.
I have seen such a change in Andrea’s spirit and happiness since the surgery. She has been able to complete so many physical challenges, hikes, and all the outdoor activities that she used to love and couldn’t do for years. I love that despite this crazy cold weather, she is not waiting for the summer to get outside. She is that excited to get back out there, and the weather is no issue for her. It’s incredibly inspirational and a true testament to living life to it’s fullest while you can. Our entire family is extremely grateful for all of your help getting Andrea back to a life she can fully enjoy.