Quahana’s Masterpiece Recovery

"Quahana ran that way!" is the statement my mother normally heard when she went to round up my sisters and me after Sunday worship services. The Roadrunner was not just a cartoon in my house; it was my life. Laughing, smiling, painting and running was my DNA. Fast forward many years to a warm day in July when I'd just returned from a trip to London for an art conference and I collapsed on my living room floor as I was lacing up my sneakers for you guessed it; a morning run and workout. A carotid artery in my neck; a young woman who had never had a major medical issue; spontaneously dissected (i.e. tore) and subsequently a stroke resulted (with a 10% survival rate!). What followed was weeks in a rehabilitation hospital where I was treated by some of the top specialists and therapists in the country and the world. But what they all shared in common was a clinical belief that stroke recovery typically halts after three years. However, what I know to be true is that I've made more recovery after year three than I ever have BUT there is more recovery to be made.

It has now been seven years and therapy has long ended along with significant progress but what hasn't changed is my belief that God heals through many avenues; including doctors, therapists and medical technology. I don't run but I do walk; I don't paint with my natural hand orientation but I do attempt to draw with my opposite hand and I most assuredly don't give up or stop believing that full recovery is possible and available to me. The stroke may have paused me but it didn't stop me. In fact I completed my Doctorate in Theology (not Art History or Roadrunnerology!) in the years post stroke and am a minister in training. My hands and feet are critical not only to painting and running but to lovingly spreading the Word of God.

Recently I came across an article about new neurological recovery techniques being used by occupational therapists in the Carolinas and my ever-lit flame of hope was fanned. But as we often find during long term recovery, there can be necessary costs involved which can prove challenging for the patient.  These techniques along with the devices in my Wish List, while not an exhaustive list, will serve to help "retrain" my brain to use the hand and foot affected by the stroke to act as they were designed to operate. And that is why you are here reading my very private, but ultimately triumphant story. This intensive stroke rehab bootcamp has partnered with me to help me participate via this Fund My Therapy campaign. This treatment has proven and very real results that have been shown in others affected by neurological conditions like stroke who thought their recovery had ended in year one, year two, year three and even year 23! These dear people are now thriving and using their limbs again in ways they thought long gone. And I want to be counted among that number.

So rest assured that every penny, nickel, dime and dollar you graciously contribute to Quahana's Masterpiece Recovery will go directly to my treatment and medical equipment for continued and significant progress at the Salia Rehab Bootcamp in Charleston, South Carolina and ultimately my home of Saint Louis, Missouri. This painting roadrunner asks you today, "Will you help me paint and run again?"

All God's blessings to you,

Dr. Quahana Hendree


Donations will help contribute to the purchase of the below wishlist items.

SaeboStim Go

The SaeboStim Go, a wireless electrical stimulation device, is designed to prevent or reduce subluxation by strengthening the weakened muscles responsible for the instability or dislocation. The affordable and compact device works by delivering electrical signals through its wireless electrodes to the targeted shoulder muscles that lift the arm back into the joint. Not just for Subluxation! The SaeboStim Go can be used for other parts of the body as well. The device’s program parameters are clinically designed to improve function, slow down atrophy, and strengthen weakened muscles in both upper and lower extremities.

SaeboStim Micro

The SaeboStim Micro provides sensory electrical stimulation (SES) to the arm and hand using a specialized Electro-Mesh Garment. The unique Electro-Mesh material is not only soft and comfortable to wear at rest, but also during activities. The Garments consist of an elbow sleeve (arm stimulation) and glove (hand stimulation). The material is highly conductive and is made of silver treated nylon fibers blended with Dacron®. The stimulation is delivered into the elbow sleeve and glove by a uniquely designed stimulator. Clients suffering from impaired function, weakness and spasticity can benefit from the much-needed stimulation.

 

SaeboFlex

The SaeboFlex allows individuals suffering from neurological impairments, such as stroke, the ability to incorporate their hand functionally in therapy and at home. This unique orthosis positions the wrist and fingers into extension in preparation for object manipulation. The user is able to grasp objects by voluntarily flexing his or her fingers. Once the fingers relax (stop gripping), the extension spring system assists in re-opening the hand to release the object.

Saebo Mirror Box

The Saebo Mirror Box is a device that hides one limb from view while providing a mirror image of the healthy limb for the patient to see.  Mirror Box Therapy uses the mirror image of the patient’s healthy limb to provide positive visual feedback to the brain. This helps the brain correct miscommunications and reduces or eliminates pain and increases mobility in the affected limb.

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Quahana's Masterpiece Recovery:

"Quahana ran that way!" is the statement my mother normally heard when she went to round up my sisters and me after Sunday worship services. The Roadrunner was not just a cartoon in my house; it was my life. Laughing, smiling, painting and running was my DNA. Fast forward many years to a warm day in July when I'd just returned from a trip to London for an art conference and I collapsed on my living room floor as I was lacing up my sneakers for you guessed it; a morning run and workout. A carotid artery in my neck; a young woman who had never had a major medical issue; spontaneously dissected (i.e. tore) and subsequently a stroke resulted (with a 10% survival rate!). What followed was weeks in a rehabilitation hospital where I was treated by some of the top specialists and therapists in the country and the world. But what they all shared in common was a clinical belief that stroke recovery typically halts after three years. However, what I know to be true is that I've made more recovery after year three than I ever have BUT there is more recovery to be made.

It has now been seven years and therapy has long ended along with significant progress but what hasn't changed is my belief that God heals through many avenues; including doctors, therapists and medical technology. I don't run but I do walk; I don't paint with my natural hand orientation but I do attempt to draw with my opposite hand and I most assuredly don't give up or stop believing that full recovery is possible and available to me. The stroke may have paused me but it didn't stop me. In fact I completed my Doctorate in Theology (not Art History or Roadrunnerology!) in the years post stroke and am a minister in training. My hands and feet are critical not only to painting and running but to lovingly spreading the Word of God.

Recently I came across an article about new neurological recovery techniques being used by occupational therapists in the Carolinas and my ever-lit flame of hope was fanned. But as we often find during long term recovery, there can be necessary costs involved which can prove challenging for the patient.  These techniques along with the devices in my Wish List, while not an exhaustive list, will serve to help "retrain" my brain to use the hand and foot affected by the stroke to act as they were designed to operate. And that is why you are here reading my very private, but ultimately triumphant story. This intensive stroke rehab bootcamp has partnered with me to help me participate via this Fund My Therapy campaign. This treatment has proven and very real results that have been shown in others affected by neurological conditions like stroke who thought their recovery had ended in year one, year two, year three and even year 23! These dear people are now thriving and using their limbs again in ways they thought long gone. And I want to be counted among that number.

So rest assured that every penny, nickel, dime and dollar you graciously contribute to Quahana's Masterpiece Recovery will go directly to my treatment and medical equipment for continued and significant progress at the Salia Rehab Bootcamp in Charleston, South Carolina and ultimately my home of Saint Louis, Missouri. This painting roadrunner asks you today, "Will you help me paint and run again?"

All God's blessings to you,

Dr. Quahana Hendree

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