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Fighting to get her life back. Make a small donation and help Tiffany Humphrey overcome Cauda Equina and succeed in life.

Going through life with not too many cares in the world I was a first semester senior at Lincoln university majoring in clinical psychology ready to enter my last semester with a bang and begin my career with counseling and helping others. A couple of weeks into my last semester my life changed drastically, on the morning of Febuary 26, 2011 I woke up in undescrible pain, when I tired to stand up I realized I was losing strength in my lower body , it was hard for me to stand up or even walk. I called my grandmother and she drove all the way to my campus from New York to
rush me to a hospital. Finally back in new York I went straight to the hospital, while waiting to be seen I felt my body going numb , the unfamiliar pain took over my body and placed me in a stage of fear and panic. After a cat scan it was discovered that I had two herniated disc , but once the results from my MRI came back the severity of the discovery was finally known. One of the hernaited disc was extremely erupted and was placing pressure on the right side of my nerves causing extreme nerve damage. So in the early morning of Febuary 27, 2011 I was rushed into surgery.
Out of surgery and not fully understanding what has happened to me I realized my legs were now very heavy and my feet nor toes were able to move. After a few talks with certain doctors I learned I was suffering with a rare nerve damage called Cauda Equina. With this my bladder was heavily affected and the mobility of my lower body. At the age of 21 I was in the hospital for nearly three months learning how to do things I did everyday without any thought a few months prior such as standing up, walking, and being able to do day to day things. At the end of my time in the hospital I left still needing the assistance of a wheelchair , walker, and braces on both legs. Due to this tragic event I was forced to medically withdraw from school in my last semester. Due to certain guidelines and policies of my school I was no longer eligible for the finanical aid I was once awared , so due to this I have a balance of 7,000 that needs to be paid for me to contuine school and graduate with B.A in clinical psychology. I never thought in my life I would ever have to result to this but living with cauda equina and still heavily affected by it I need the help from others more than ever. I'm supported by my grandmother but with her personal expenses and medical expenses of mine she has no source of income left to help me pay my school bill. It's been a year do far and in the beginning I wondered why this happened to me but with faith and strength I know I can get through this. I just want to prosper in life as much as I can and suffering with cauda equina shouldn't stop me from prospering and with your help I can do that. Alittle goes a long way and every penny adds up so I thank you for reading my story and hope you find it in your heart to help me .
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