Posted on August 19, 2014
Posted on August 19, 2014School started this week, and Austin was there with his freshman class. Unfortunately, Austin did not get much of a summer as he spent nearly a month in the hospital. However, Austin was excited to start high school. Austin has come a long way since the first of July. His doctor's visits are spacing out and he hasn't had an emergency room visit in a while. Austin is learning to manage his symptoms. He is starting to figure out what foods cause issues and how to keep hydrated to prevent reoccurrence of his seizures. He is has learned to detect the warning signs that he is about to have an episode and he is starting to pay mind and take it easy until the feeling passes. Slowing down is his biggest challenge now. He wants to resume his normal activities but is finding that his condition has necessitated a new normal. For now anyway. If Austin has his way, it won't be for long. He is a determined young man!
Posted on August 3, 2014
Posted on August 3, 2014A message from Karen Goncalves (Austin's mom who also contracted Ciguatera):
Dear Friends, Family and Supporters:
I always knew that I had incredible family and friends. However, this journey has reinforced that knowledge. But what has surprised me the most are the many generous people that we do not know who have sent prayers and donations. It fills my heart to know that there are so many great, kind, loving people out there.
Most of the time, we only hear about bad news and stories of disasters. However, our story is a story of incredible miracles and timing. It was through those miracles and incredible timing every day during our ordeal that brought us home.
Austin, our family and I want to thank every one of you from the bottom of our hearts. During this difficult situation, friends have become family. I now have a huge family! I love every one of you.
Thank you, all.
Posted on August 2, 2014
Posted on August 2, 2014BENEFIT HAPPENING NOW! Come down to Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach and join us!!! Lots of awesome silent auction items and raffle prizes! Live music! Food! Beer! Wine! Why aren't you here?!?!?
Specially designed T-shirts for sale! pic in the gallery. If you can't make it today and want to order one, send me an email! They are $20.