Nicky Spreads Her Wings Again!
Nicky had been an active and thriving member of the healthcare community here in Virginia and beyond. She had worked in the medical field for years in a number of hospitals and as an orthopedic technician and a CNA at Mary Washington Hospital locally. She lives at home with her husband, Nick, their 2 children, 17 and 20 years of age, and her dog. Then things changed.
In 2014, Nicky noticed changes in her ability to control her motor functioning in the right side of her body. She was diagnosed with dystonia, a movement disorder in which your muscles contract involuntarily, causing repetitive or twisting movements. As many as 250,000 people in the United States have dystonia, making it the third most common movement disorder behind essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease. In 2016, the disorder sent Nicky to a wheelchair permanently.
Nick reached out to SAWs Virginia looking for help for his wife and his family. Recently, a team of SAWs volunteers installed a ramp for her. Nick joined in the effort. Nicky was very excited to regain her independence and take the dog for a walk without assistance. She is looking forward to figuring out how to continue to do the things she has always liked to do. Nicky loves being outdoors, being in nature.
“Being outside is like the best medicine for me.”
“I’m so grateful for everything SAWs has done for us. I used to volunteer at VCU Hospital. Now that I have a ramp, I’ll be able to do all the things I did before and more. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Please help us restore the freedom of the next Nicky!