As I launch this fundraiser I am overcome with gratitude. So many people have stepped up in support of my cause. At the same time I was a bit weary and nervous about the whole campaign.

For four years I’ve stayed hidden, avoiding social media and pushing people away; I was comfortable in this little bubble that I had created for myself. I didn't like the idea of asking people for help or having to keep people updated on my progress. I’m not trying to say I’ve gained some sort of fame through this campaign, but in my own way have exposed myself. I’m lucky to be pleasantly surprised by the outreach and support. I’m also surprised to realize that I had created such an impenetrable bubble that there were people who did not even know what had happened to me.

I think that, until now, I had a reservation for sharing my life, almost ashamed that I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I hated people asking me, “How’s therapy going? Any progress?” because I hated not being able to say, “YA, I can walk now!” or “YA! I can use my hands now.” But I am here now, exposed in my own way, proud of where I am and how far I’ve come, confident that there’s more progress to come. Thank you to everyone rooting me on.