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Spark Spotlight on Ali Carter

Allison Carter became apart of Spark the Way's community in July 2015. When I first had the chance to talk to her on the phone and hear her story, I was amazed. Through her past battle with cancer and current battle of the aftermath of cancer, I could hear her smile throughout her story telling. I knew this girl was special and I know that she's going to win! Please read this amazing girl's story....


"My Name is Allison and I am 31 years old. I first faced cancer at the age of 18 when I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. I spent 94 days in the hospital getting treatment by chemotherapy and other antibiotics to make sure that I was stable enough to go home and continue my college education. At the time, I didn't know that the chemotherapy was weakening my bones and my bone marrow was not being regenerated as fast as it should be should be or could be like in a normal person. I would learn this in time as I took a major fall in April 2015.

On April 4, 2015, I was running a half-marathon to help raise money for autism awareness month because I am a classroom teacher in a special needs classroom. I wiped out on the 8th mile on the 13.1 mile course. I ended up finishing the race but I did major damage to my left leg and knee.

I went to the orthopedic doctor on April 5th and he took X-rays and he said I needed surgery ASAP. I waited until school was out and that was a fitting decision for my family at the time.

On June 22, 2015 I entered Gulf Coast Hospital for my surgery and my White Blood Cell counts were slightly elevated. They were at the range of 13.6 when they should be below a 10. The surgeon decided to operate anyways and did the patella realignment and repair surgery thinking it would be safe as long as I was on heavy antibiotics afterwards.

After I was moved to recovery, I met with a different doctor who happened to be with infectious disease control and they informed me that I had a serious staph infection and that if I couldn't get it under control it could be seriously life threatening.

Since that day in the hospital on June 22, 2015 and when I was discharged on June 24th, 2015, I have been on antibiotics and it has been nonstop pain and I am unable to work or provide for my family or pay for my bills that provide my transportation and my insurance for my car. I also have my medication and food expense to worry about along with my gasoline for my car to get to appointments.

I am waiting for my health insurance to authorize my move to another hospital to treat my staph infection in my muscle tissue in my surgery site so that I won't have to face limb amputation. This has been really hard on me but I am definitely hanging in there. Anything will help. Thank you and God Bless!

Ali Carter"

 

Since she submitted this, Allison has been able to get off of her crutches a little more everyday as she works and pushes herself everyday to grow stronger. She works 2 days a week and goes to therapy for the other 3 days for 2 1/2 hours. This girl can FIGHT! She's still having to take medication and pay hospital bills, so if you would consider donating to her or sharing her story on your social media pages, that would be WONDERFUL!

https://www.gofundme.com/allisonwins

 

 This beauty is looking forward to the day she can kayak, the day we can take our long-overdue aquarium trip, and the day she can run in her her running shoes sent to her from her sponsor! Everyone, say hello to Allison Carter! 

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