Maureen Brown: progress, update and some news

Dear Friends,

I wanted to take the opportunity to update everyone on my progress and share some news. I also want to express my gratitude for the outpouring of support and care.

Maureen Brown

Maureen Brown

After spending a month at an acute rehab center I was finally able to leave just before the holidays.  Although everyone at the rehab center was super supportive it was the greatest gift to be able to be with my family and friends outside the walls of a hospital or rehab facility.  On Christmas Eve I was able to attend mass and on New Years Eve I celebrated at home with family and friends.

I’m currently going to an outpatient rehab facility daily and working on my physical limitations. I use a hemi walker for short distances within the  house and a wheelchair for longer distances.  Unfortunately, it is still difficult to move around and I will not be walking on my own for many more months to come.  I am hopeful that doctors will be able to complete a procedure in February to forecfully manipulate my knee that will help me bend my knee so that I may be able to walk and sit more upright in chairs.  I am not able to put weight through my arm or lift it on my own but I work daily on pulleys to try and gain some movement.  As of now I have at least two more surgeries on my leg and knee scheduled for this year and possibly one other on my upper arm. Although I have a long road ahead I look at where I came from at Osborne ICU and cannot help but see how all the hard work is helping me progress and move in the direction of one day being independent again.

I had something very exciting happen while I was at the rehab facility—my boyfriend, Will, proposed and I am now engaged!  We haven’t quite set the date yet but are very happy and were thrown a surprise engagement party recently with our family and friends.  Having Will by my side through all of this has made me stronger and we are looking forward to the future.

More than anything I love teaching and miss my students tremendously.  They were just informed that I will not be able to return this school year and as difficult as it is to not be there I have to work on getting better first.  I hope to visit one day soon, see all my kids and hear about their lives.  I cannot tell you how many cards and well wishes I have received from past and present students.  My walls in the hospital were covered with posters that lifted my spirits.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and donated to this fund. 🙂

Editor's Note: Ms. Brown is a teacher at Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale.

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