You may have noticed that Sue hasn’t posted in a while. Our family has been trying to cope with multiple tragedies since the end of 2021.
On December 21, 2021, Sue’s daughter, mentioned here on the blog as DD2, passed away in a car accident on her commute to work. She leaves behind her partner, young son, mother, father, brother, and sister.
Two weeks later, on January 2, 2022, Sue experienced an ischemic stroke and spent three and a half months in the hospital and later a rehabilitation program where she underwent intensive physical and occupational therapy. Although she is recovering, she still has a lot of progress yet to make.
Sue currently struggles with walking; use of her left arm is limited, and her vision was also impacted with a left side field cut – meaning tasks like driving, sewing, crafting, or using a computer are impossible for the time being.
Sue is still working with physical therapists and occupational therapists to continue her recovery, but these therapies can only do so much and may not fully restore the use of her arm or vision.
Sue is currently exploring the possibility of a treatment that is showing promising results in clinical trials around the world and is currently being performed in the United States, but unfortunately not in Canada where Sue lives.
The treatment called perispinal etanercept has been shown to reduce post-stroke disability and is performed by doctors in several states including Kentucky and Florida, where Sue hopes to travel to receive treatment.
Given that these treatments are in their infancy and are not widely available they are expensive and not covered by provincial or private insurance providers. Sue is hoping to raise the funds for her to undergo this procedure and contribute to the growing body of research to advance stroke recovery – a field where there is a shocking lack of work and development being done. Millions of people suffer strokes each year, many are left with permanent disabilities.
To help cover this treatment, Sue is asking for your support and offering up all the products in her store at a discount and hopes to provide you with future content once she is recovered and able to return to the work she loves, creating sewing, crafting and recipe tutorials for you, her readers.
If you would like to support Sue you can purchase any item in her shop, using the code HELPSUE2022 to receive 10% off or you can donate directly via PayPal. The code will also work on the new Christmas Bundle she asked us to put together for you.
If money is tight and you feel you can’t afford to make a purchase at this time, please consider sharing this post on social media or on your blog and help spread the word. Any kind of support is most appreciated.
Sue’s daughter and son have been trying to help keep the blog operational by answering emails and uploading previously unpublished patterns to Sue’s shop. If you would like to send an encouraging note to Sue, you can email supermom [at] supermomnocape.com and we will make sure Sue gets the message.
Sue would like to thank each and every one of you for continuing to visit her blog, trying her tutorials and purchasing and making the patterns from her shop. It means the world to her.
We hope Sue will be able to make posts again soon.
Sue’s son and daughter