Help Allyson Mallory on the Road to Recovery

For: Allyson Mallory
Englewood, CO
Organizer: Melissa Mallory
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The Story

On December 23, 2016 Allyson was doing what she does best...kicking butt in a snowboard park with friends. She hit an A-frame feature too fast and landed on her back. She was air lifted from the mountain and received incredible care from the staff at St. Anthony's in Lakewood, CO. Unfortunately we learned that after surgery, her back is broken and she is paralyzed from the waist down...but keep your heads up, because we are!

Those of you who know Allyson know that nothing will keep her down, and when she sets her mind to something, she delivers! Her positive attitude and persistence is a lesson for us all; you've never seen such a CHAMPION.

Allyson started her first big day of physical therapy on Monday, December 26th. Although difficult, she went above and beyond in physical strength and heart. She wheeled herself all around the ICU and wanted to go further when the PT nurses told her that she didn't have to do anymore. When we got back to the room, Allyson told me that next time I would have to time her laps, so we could track improvement. Gotta have a good baseline to measure progress, am I right?!

Allyson is surrounded by family and friends. Her community in Colorado is truly a special one, and she's received an endless amount of well wishes and love from California. Our family would like to send a special thank you to all of Allyson's bosses, colleagues, and friends from Littleton Public Schools; you all have been incredible. 

As we move forward, we face some challenges. Allyson is going to need some cool new wheels to assist her in living an independent lifestyle. She is also going to need some major home renovations to allow for wheelchair access and independent living (e.g., widening hallways, doors, lowering cabinets, installing ramps, bathroom remodel, mobility aides, etc.). I set this page up because so many of Allyson's friends and colleagues want to help in any way they can. Helping Allyson retain her independence is the best way for us to help.

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Allyson is currently completing her rehab at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO. Craig is an amazing rehab facility and we are so lucky that Allyson is beginning her recovery there surrounded by a caring and skilled team.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 3, 2017

Posted on March 3, 2017

Hello! We hope you are doing well! I just wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU for donating to our page. Your support has made the transition from the hospital seamless. Allyson's home is beautiful and she just purchased an Outback today with our parents. She is taking the car in this week to get the hand controls put in and should be on the road by next week. THANK YOU again; we so appreciate your help in making this new path as beautiful as humanly possible. Lots of love to you all.

Warmest regards,
Melissa

Posted on February 26, 2017

Posted on February 26, 2017

Captain's Log: Homecoming

The first night back in my place.  We were all tuckered out!  We showed up for the big reveal and the house looks absolutely amazing!! I love all of the touches and functional design.  I couldn't be more grateful to Mark and Todd for taking on this project.  It was truly a labor of love from those two to all of the volunteers who made my house renovations happen.  I am beyond blessed! 

Posted on February 24, 2017

Posted on February 24, 2017

So this was my last week at Craig. I felt like a bad ass. I was ready to go home.  My therapist had given me so many tools to live this new life that There was no way that I could possibly fail. Then IT happened. The one thought that had lingered in the back of my mind. What if I FELL? What if I fell and couldn't get up? A few days ago the thought that had been nagging at me before going be home came to fruition. I fell. I fell and while I used the technique I was taught to get back in that chair, I wasn't able to independently get back up. It was terrifying and humbling.  A wave of emotions tumbled down around me.  This once independent woman needed help.  The thoughts of my upcoming reunion at home were suddenly too real to take in as I would be with family at first, but then I would be alone having to figure out what I would do if I fell again.  

Problem solving is incredibly important when facing these fears for me.  I quickly texted close friends to see if I could put them in a list to call in case something like this happened again.  I reached out to the wheelie community and asked whether others had fallen.  To my surprise they all said they have fallen too many times to count.  One wise soul told me to take each fall as a learning experience, to survey the environment around me and use what I could for leverage.  I suddenly felt a little better. Looking at this fear through a different lens took away the power of the unknown. As others' communicated their confidence in me helped to rebuild what was shattered.  As I look toward transitioning back home, I am still nervous about what is to come but am so grateful for the community that I am apart of and can learn from.  I became more knowledgeable and less frightened.  While I still have mixed emotions about going home, I am ready to take on these challenges and simply get through them.

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