Get Bonnie Better!

Get Bonnie Better!

From Bonnie Symes

Bonnie had an unfortunate mountain biking accident on July 23rd that required two ambulance rides and 4 days in the hospital. Without health insurance these expenses will be immense. She would appreciate your support!

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2 days ago

First off I'd like to say THANK YOU!!! To everyone who has contributed, reached out, helped us with the pets, etc... In the first hour of the campaign Bonnie and I were already crying with the kindness & generosity of our friends, family & community. It has just kept coming. Having this safety net is a huge relief when we were faced and still are faced with many unknowns. It is a shame that we live in a society that to get better you need to risk a lifetime of debt or losing everything you have just to pay into a sick care system that has little to no accommodation for those who can't afford "health" care but live above absolute poverty. Regardless, we are so thankful for you, all of you.

Bonnie is doing better every day! We started slowly with "Nurse Johnson" having quite a bit to do to help (special thanks to my amazing staff for allowing me some time to help get Bonnie self sufficient. So much less stress with those folks having my back). Bonnie's fierce independence and lifetime of experience helping others with injuries has given her an advantage. If there is a will there is a way... And Bonnie will find a way to do it one handed. Or one hand and some teeth, or two knees one hand and some teeth. You get the idea. "Nurse Johnson" is just about out of a job. (thankfully)

Bonnie has been hiking, riding on the trainer and staying active basically since we got home from the hospital. As of last weekend we even went on a casual outdoor ride on the road on her mountain bike! It was great to see her in her element again. So thankful her injuries, while severe, were not worse. If she were unable to exercise at all she'd be in a totally different headspace. Bonnie has also been able to work right on through. She only missed one week while we were in the hospital. That is a huge relief as well.

A few nights ago "Nurse Johnson" removed her sutures from her wrist surgery on our kitchen table, successfully. Hospital bills continue to roll in daily. We are in the process of negotiating them down and figuring out a "final" debt amount. As of last count I believe we are up to around $58,000.00 or there abouts. So, we aren't out of the woods yet... We'll chip away at them until we get there. Just glad to have a healthy Bonnie back home and up to her usual shenanigans, mostly.

Thank You All So Much,
Ethan & Bonnie

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On the morning of July 23rd Bonnie was out enjoying a mountain bike ride with some friends and suffered a bike crash. This accident required her to be taken by ambulance to a local hospital then later transferred to a hospital in buffalo where she had to stay for 4 days before being released. After the initial set of X-rays and CT scans the doctor came into the room and said “well, I don’t have any good news for you” and our hearts sank… The final tally was a long list of fairly severe non-life threatening injuries. This resulted in countless scans and x-rays, multiple procedures and a surgery to get her able to come home and begin the healing process.

Bonnie struck out on her own and started her business Better with Bonnie a year and a half ago. She is a licensed Physical Therapist and a Functional Nutrition Counselor. While this has been a positive life change it has made it impossible to afford health insurance. That means these hefty hospital bills are going to fall on us in full. We do not yet know the full amount of debt we will be facing to get her back in one piece. To add additional financial stress to a painful situation she was out of work for a week and will likely be working in a limited capacity.

Bonnie is an energetic, disciplined and driven individual. She will be facing this healing process the same way she faces everything in her life, full on. I believe she will come back stronger than before and be ready to again climb the steps of local race podiums and maybe even another cyclocross nationals… Who knows.

For now we are taking it one day at a time. Bonnie has spent her life helping others heal, be stronger, healthier and happier. Now she needs to get herself better. Your help will ease the burden and make this recovery a little less stressful.

Thanks for your time & support,

Ethan & Bonnie

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Bonnie Symes posted a new update:
2 days ago

Update #1

First off I'd like to say THANK YOU!!! To everyone who has contributed, reached out, helped us with the pets, etc... In the first hour of the campaign Bonnie and I were already crying with the kindness & generosity of our friends, family & community. It has just kept coming. Having this safety net is a huge relief when we were faced and still are faced with many unknowns. It is a shame that we live in a society that to get better you need to risk a lifetime of debt or losing everything you have just to pay into a sick care system that has little to no accommodation for those who can't afford "health" care but live above absolute poverty. Regardless, we are so thankful for you, all of you.

Bonnie is doing better every day! We started slowly with "Nurse Johnson" having quite a bit to do to help (special thanks to my amazing staff for allowing me some time to help get Bonnie self sufficient. So much less stress with those folks having my back). Bonnie's fierce independence and lifetime of experience helping others with injuries has given her an advantage. If there is a will there is a way... And Bonnie will find a way to do it one handed. Or one hand and some teeth, or two knees one hand and some teeth. You get the idea. "Nurse Johnson" is just about out of a job. (thankfully)

Bonnie has been hiking, riding on the trainer and staying active basically since we got home from the hospital. As of last weekend we even went on a casual outdoor ride on the road on her mountain bike! It was great to see her in her element again. So thankful her injuries, while severe, were not worse. If she were unable to exercise at all she'd be in a totally different headspace. Bonnie has also been able to work right on through. She only missed one week while we were in the hospital. That is a huge relief as well.

A few nights ago "Nurse Johnson" removed her sutures from her wrist surgery on our kitchen table, successfully. Hospital bills continue to roll in daily. We are in the process of negotiating them down and figuring out a "final" debt amount. As of last count I believe we are up to around $58,000.00 or there abouts. So, we aren't out of the woods yet... We'll chip away at them until we get there. Just glad to have a healthy Bonnie back home and up to her usual shenanigans, mostly.

Thank You All So Much,
Ethan & Bonnie

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