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A fellow deviant needs your help, everyone reading these words.  Please take a moment to read this story below and do what you can.

After you read, consider this: Can you donate a few dollars to make a difference in Sara's life?  What little bit can you give that would mean the absolute world to this friend?  If every deviant that reads this can give just a few dollars, we can help Sara reconnect with the world!

Donations can be sent to PayPal donate@sarascourage.org
Or mailed to:    

Sara Baker Trust Fund
#10350222753
Exchange Bank
8220 Old Redwood Highway
Cotati, CA 94931

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The Story

One year ago, our fellow deviant Sara Baker AKA Glory :icongloryangel: was on her way her way to school.  Sara was 19-years-old at the time, a college student, happily in love with her boyfriend of a few years, making art and having fun.  

As she was merging onto a highway, a reckless driver tried to pass her on the right and hit her.  The bump sent her flying out into traffic causing her to lose control of her car.  She tried to come to a safe stop and pull to the side of the road, but something when wrong in the last moment and her car was sent flipping over into a ditch on the side of the road, bursting into flames.

Passers by came to her aid, trying to break the windows to get to Sara, throwing mud on the flaming car to try and keep the flames from her.  Miraculously, she had no injuries from the accident.  She is taken to the hospital to recover, likely to wake up with a really bad headache.

However, in the hospital, Sara was struck by another attack, silent and devastating: she suffered a stroke.

Sara is now what's called "locked-in," a condition which allows her to feel her whole body but without being able to move voluntary muscles, with the exception of her eyes.  She is a quadriplegic that can feel everything: every itch, every fly that lands, every pain.  

Sara will never draw again; not the way she used to.   Every day she lives attached to tubes that feed her and help her breath.  After 11 months in the hospital she is finally home, but life will never be back to normal for her.  She requires constant care, and she is obviously very limited in what she can do for hours and hours.

She's a fighter though.  She's gotten back some mobility in her head and lips.  She is working on strengthening control of her vocal chords and working on gaining more control of her tongue so she can eventually breath through her mouth and eat again.  When she coughs, her legs move up to her chest.

Sara communicates with her mother, nurses, and her few visitors by using a computer that types based on her eye movements.  As the computer scrolls through rows of letters, she looks up when she wants to select a row.  The inferred light on the glasses reflects off the white of her eyes to make the selection.  Then she waits for the selector to get to the letter she wants, and then she starts over until she has spelled out what she wants.  

This video shows how it works. :iconsafelinkplz: (Tinyurl'd it as the original link kept breaking)

I went to see Sara a few weeks ago and we talked for hours.  It was strange because I was used to talking to her online, and in some ways, talking through the computer was kind of similar (all be it slower).  We had a few laughs and it was great to see the same funny, smart kid was still in there.  But there were sad parts too, like when she told me how much she misses making art.  I asked her if it hurt and she told me, "Always."  

Most of the time, she's in good spirits, keeping herself busy with lots of movies and her physical therapy, but lately things have been getting a lot harder for her.  She's suffered some emotional set backs in the last week, and she is starting to be more isolated.  She is lonely a lot because she is really disconnected from everyone.

The technology she has doesn't allow her to access the web in a way that works for someone in her condition.  The technology she needs is, as you can imagine, very expensive.  Cyberlink will not only allow Sara to get online, it also has means for her to make digital art.  Sara's mom is a single mom and she takes the brunt of Sara's care like a true hero.  She is just making ends meet with the money required for Sara's care on top of the rent and other everyday expenses.  She cannot afford to get this technology on her own.  

I am determined to make a difference for this brave girl.  She does not have to be alone in herself.  There IS technology out there to reconnect her to her friends.  We HAVE to do something to help.

Please, if you've read this far (thank you) spread the word!  Fav this, post a link to it in your journal, tell people you know outside of DA.  It only takes a little bit by a lot of people to really make a difference.   

Please let me know if you donate, I'd like to try to keep track of what we raise.  So far, her online friends at the web forum Tower of Time have raised $1090, but so much more is needed.  Please help if you can, and if you cannot afford even just a dollar, then please pass this along to everyone you know.  

You can follow Sara's story on the blog that her friends and family update here: sarastatus.blogspot.com/

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midsneypixels Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my God.
She will be in my prayers, and I'll try to send allong a few dollars when I can. I truly hope she continues to make a recovery.
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SenshiStock Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hey! This journal is from 2008! Glory is still living at home and she's got all kinds of great technology helping her communicate! She's been making good progress too! She's completely breathing on her own now and working on hopefully being able to talk someday. She's even able to get online a bit some now and connect with people :D
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midsneypixels Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, she's working on talking? that's so wonderful! I'm incredibly glad to hear she's making such great progress!
and people say miracles don't happen!
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SenshiStock Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Right?! :D
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Reixma May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't imagine having Locked In Syndrome. To be aware, but unable to move. Worse than torture I think.

I am so glad she is making a recovery (albeit small and slow) and I hope she gets to speak and be able to resume some hand function. It's nice to read you are there for her and are doing your best. I am tight for cash myself, so unable to donate, but I have ideas that may help you and your friend!
What about Car Boot sales or Garage sales? Maybe selling some art work?Here in England, we love to find treasures and auction them off to make some money. What if you were able to do that and get people to help? Get a selection of things and auction them off on her behalf? Advertise and make people aware of your friend, but also of the problems with what she has been through?

There may be others who can offer support and advise so she, her mother and yourself don't feel so alone in all this...

I hope I have given some ideas and helped you a little. Unfortunately, it's as much as I can do.

She's strong with you, so don't give up!!
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SenshiStock May 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This news article is from 2008 so she's doing a lot better these days. The donations that come in once in a while still do help since her care is ongoing. :D

I wish I could be more "there" for her since we are many thousands of miles away physically. Right now I think what she wants more than anything is just people to hang out with. :)
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Reixma May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great to know! Dribbs and drabbs is better than nothing, donation wise.

IO am sure you would want to be with her more, but I am sure just knowing that you are thinking of her is good enough for her! Have you told her what you have done here?

Will she be returning to her DA page?
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SenshiStock May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah she knows all about it :D I don't know if she can get back on DA but she is on a few other social networking sites in a small way
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Reixma May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good! Still involved in the social life then! ^_^~x
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I wish I could but my parents wouldn't allow.They would question everything but eventually come to a conclusion:NO.
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