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.
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.