Post Follow-Up: From Hospital Crafts to Healthy Teenager

recovery after Guillain Barre

Many of you who have been with us over the past 9 years have also been with us for a few major life events. Those of you joining us lately may appreciate some background….

When Pauline and I started the blog in 2009, our focus was on crafts and activities that we could share with our tween daughters. This focus became real-life survival in 2011 when my daughter spent the summer in the hospital semi-paralyzed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (an autoimmune attack on the nervous system). My sister dropped everything to stay with us in the hospital and keep us sane. While my husband and I were extremely sleep-deprived and distraught, Pauline and my niece Maggie kept the calm and distracted our daughter Miranda from the pain by sharing hospital crafts. Here is a flashback to that time: https://club.chicacircle.com/hospital-camp-craft-therapy/

Tween hospital crafts

Now the good news story! Our girl recovered and is more fierce than ever. She is currently a high school sophomore and varsity cross country and track runner. *******She captured her journey to inspire others by developing this web page: http://www.guillainbarre.us/

Beyond Guillain Barre Syndrome

running strong

If you are looking for more ideas on how to help someone in the hospital, here is a flashback to a birthday party idea for hospital craft activity bags: https://club.chicacircle.com/a-crafty-tween-birthday-that-gives-back/

Hospital-Craft-Bags-for-Kids

THANK YOU for being part of our crafty Chica Circle and THANK YOU to my sister Pauline for always being there for us:

Aunt and Niece love

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  4 comments for “Post Follow-Up: From Hospital Crafts to Healthy Teenager

  1. April 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    So inspiring! Glad that she is thriving and that you can get some sleep now!

    • April 10, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Thank so much Helena! You are right – there was no sleep during that summer of 2011. Cheers to you!

  2. Jan
    April 24, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    In 1999 I had a granddaughter with this, we had no idea how she got it but our Children’s Hospital got her well, she was in the hospital for six weeks her mother was with her all that time and the hospital was two hours from where we live. She had rehab after she came home and tutoring for the first part of that school year. They had her doing crafts while in the hospital also. She is married with three children now and will be 30 years old this year. She was 9 and 1/2 when she was ill with this disease. Their father and the rest of the family cared for the other three children while my daughter and granddaughter were in the hospital for the six weeks. Thank God for everything and everyone involved in her complete recovery.

    • April 24, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      Jan – Thank you so much for sharing. I am so happy to hear good news after such an awful year.

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