My name is Kathy Frawley and I am 56 years old. My cat Rose and I came to Mayo Manor May 25, 2016 from a nursing home in McRae, GA , which is 3 1/2 hours from Atlanta, where I had spent 1 year. Rose has been with me for about 8 years and is an Emotional Support Animal.
For over 30 years, I worked in telecommunications, most recently as an Order / Project Manager. I contracted with AT&T, British Telecom, and Verizon to name a few. Though I worked domestically, I over saw the installation of voice and data networks across 5 continents,
On Thanksgiving of 2013, after enjoying a nice dinner out with friends, I fell leaving the restaurant and completely broke my right humerus. For 15 months, we waited to see if it would heal on it’s own, but it didn’t. In January 2015, I had surgery to repair my arm. They re-broke it and put in a plate with 8 screws. When I woke up from surgery, I could not walk, stand, sit or lift my legs off of the bed. We really don’t know why. I wasn’t paralyzed. A trip to rehab was fruitless as I was continuously sick with respiratory illness and MRSA UTI. I was unable to receive adequate rehabilitation. I was completely bed-ridden for 5 months resulting in the time spent in the nursing home where I continued with many lung issues including a MRSA lung infection. I really struggled with depression not seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I had told the staff at the nursing home that I didn’t come there to die. I prayed earnestly and Rose was my saving grace.
The social worker told me about Wishes 4 Me. I applied for the Money Follows the Person and the Independent Care Waiver Program and was accepted into the programs. This provided the resources I needed to leave the nursing home.
Since coming to Wishes 4 Me, I have stopped using a wheelchair to get around inside the house. I can walk using a walker. I am now using the shower with assistance where I used to require bed baths. I am able to dress myself 98% where I used to have almost total assistance. I’m feeling stronger and more positive than I had in a very long time. I can now get myself in and out of bed. I have been able to go out to lunch, to Wal-Mart and to a Gwinnett Braves baseball game. Simple things like these I took for granted and now appreciate them so much. It has helped to lift my spirits and again feel like a part of society.
Jimmy was born in 1983. He was introduced to the Wishes 4 Me Foundation Community in 2014. In May of 2016, he made the decision to reside in one of the homes to improve his life as he had experienced some difficult things throughout his life. Jimmy said he didn’t understand the lessons his mother was trying to teach him. Jimmy reached out for help at Beacon Place through Viewpoint Health. During his time there, Jimmy participated in counseling and worked on developing life skills.
Jimmy came to Wishes 4 Me to be able to grow personally and become more independent. Since coming to Wishes 4 Me, Jimmy has been working hard at Wal-Mart and enjoying spending time with the friends he had made through the foundation, learning how to cook certain dishes, active in his church, and attends men’s bible study every week. Jimmy says he feels safe and more independent.
Hello, I am Tyson Sardis and I am currently 30 years old. I moved into “The White House” on February 25, 2011. Prior to moving in to my current home, I was a shut-in. I had no friends and only watched tv, play on my playstation and ate during the day while my mom was at work. Now, I have a lot of friends who love me a lot. I have an extended family who keep me very busy. I have been learning to read, write and add numbers.
Some of my new activities are: going to the movies, bowling on Friday nights with the Special Olympics and I am going on a cruise in May 2014. I had not ever stayed in a hotel until I started participating in the Special Olympics September 2011. My favorite place to eat is Golden Corral. Ms. Lynn took me to the Georgia Aquarium which was so exciting. Granddaddy Bill, Ms. Lynn’s dad, takes all the residents to a Gwinnett Braves game every summer.
My personal care assistants are teaching me responsibilities around my house. I also have a job now taking care of Ms. Lynn’s 2 small dogs when she is out of town which is usually 3-4 days a week. I have spoiled her dogs, Rikki and Mindi. I love my extended family who are my personal care assistants and roommate. I also spend some holidays with them which is a lot of fun. Mr. Brian and I hang out in his man cave watching football.
I LOVE living here!!! And I LOVE my life!!!!