A letter from Dawn Dixon
At just 12 years old, Sophia is our hero. In 2019, her family had a car accident in which she suffered Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), right brain stroke, and many broken bones. She spent 101 days in the hospital and needed a lot of medical care.
Sophia and her family were matched with ConnectAbility Care Coordinator, James Moody. Sophia’s Caregiver, her mother Jackie, says of going home: “When you leave the hospital, you think you are prepared, but you’re not. Emotionally, it is a roller coaster from leaving a place that had nurses, staff, and supplies to going to your home and it just being you and your family.”
As a Care Coordinator, James helped with supplies, transportation, and guidance during stressful times. He gave the family information to apply for grants and ways to help with Sophia’s expenses.
Every week, Sophia has Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy.
The changes come slowly, but there is always improvement.
We are thrilled to share that she can move her left leg on command, stand with help, and this month has been practicing walking with lots of assistance. On Christmas Eve 2020, for the first time since the accident, Sophia began talking.
Sophia’s family says there is no way they would have gotten through the first two weeks out of the hospital without her Care Coordinator, James. “James was my support to get through all of this. I think every parent should have this connection when they leave the hospital.” says Sophia’s mom. We hope to match our heroes and their families up with that connection, so that they can recover, find the support they need, and offer inspiration to us all.
There are over 53 million family caregivers in the United States. Nearly all of us will be a family caregiver at some point in our lives.
Ryan McGuire, Founder
Plant-Based Chili Recipe
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large baking potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 cup dry red lentils
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
- 4 cups tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon ground paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pinch white sugar
- 1 bunch fresh chives, chopped
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