In 2015, I chose "thrive" as my intention for the year as 2014 had been about survival. When I set that intention, I didn't realize the challenges I would be facing this year.

In July of 2014, I underwent ten hours of brain and spine surgery to correct a congenital condition called Chiari Malformation. While the surgery was not intended as a cure, for this incurable disease, we did not expect that I would get worse rather than better, nor that my medical bills would exceed $50,000. On April 17th, I learned that the surgery to my spine stretched my tethered spinal cord, causing irreversible damage to the nerves that control my bladder, and my legs. On May 19th, I am  scheduled to undergo surgery in New York, to release my tethered cord. The surgery is not designed to improve the symptoms I live with daily, like unrelenting leg pain, but to ensure that I am able to walk in the future.

As a 23 year old graduate student, I do not have the resources I need to make this surgery happen. And so, to help me face those challenges bravely, Jodie of Polka Dot Creative has created this brush script design. All proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts will be used to fund cross country travel, insurance deductibles, and the time off work needed to heal.

To purchase this shirt in a unisex fit with extended sizes, click here.

Follow my journey at www.jenniferlake.com.



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