Rose’s Realm – Kathy Frawley

Rose’s Realm – Kathy Frawley

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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.
Mayo Manor – Jimmy Cole – Prior Resident

Mayo Manor – Jimmy Cole – Prior Resident

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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.
Hamby Haven – Tyson Sardis

Hamby Haven – Tyson Sardis

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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!!!!

Steve’s Home – Stephen Cheatwood

Steve’s Home – Stephen Cheatwood

Stephen is a current resident of the 2nd house remodeled by the Wishes 4 Me Foundation. The house is for physically challenged young men. The house is called “Steve’s Home”. Steve is a proud individual who values his independence but has Freidriech’s Ataxia (FA); which is a devastating neuromuscular disease. Even with his set-backs, he still works as hard as he can to be independent. Stephen schedules a bi-weekly event at his new home where several of his friends come to play video games. Steve, also, has a part-time job and manages his day-to-day activities for himself. When Steve was younger he was very athletic but as time went on his disease got worse and worse. He does, however, try everything he can to slow his progression by staying as physically active as he can.

Steve has turned his challenges into opportunities. We need to make sure that Steve continues to have a safe, fun and affordable home to live in.

Jerry’s Place – Rob Headstream

Jerry’s Place – Rob Headstream

Hello, my name is Robert Dan Headstream Jr. I was born July 28, 1973, in Dallas, Texas. When growing up, I attended school in Conyers, Georgia and throughout my years living there I was very active in a number of sports. I participated in the following sports: soccer, baseball, basketball and track. After graduating from high school, I moved to Newnan. I joined the Navy when I was 24 years old and the doctors there discovered there was an abnormality of my muscle skeletal. I was instructed to contact a neurologist immediately. I was diagnosed after extensive testing with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy.

My disease causes the following issues: weakness in arms and legs, Also this disease can cause problems with the internal organs such as the lungs and the heart. Annually, my heart condition is reviewed to identify possible complications. One of the traits which have been noticed by medical doctors and neurologists is the narrowing of the face around the temples and the length of the upper and lower extremities. Also another symptom of this disease is the need for longer periods of sleep to feel fully rested.

The physical challenges of having the disease Myotonic Muscular dystrophy is the progressive weakening of the muscles of the body and some organs in the body. Some of the main challenges, I have with this disease is walking without help which is why I have to use leg-feet orthotic braces to walk. The braces help me walk by pushing my feet forward and giving my legs support because of the progressive weakness in my lower extremities. Some of the other physical challenges I face is having trouble sitting in low level chairs and other kinds of furniture. If I sit in lower level furniture the only way I can get up is by help from others by grasping me by under my shoulders and lifting me upward. I also need assistance with bathing, shaving and getting dressed. I got a scooter from Medicare which makes it easier to get around without help in public areas.

My hobbies are playing my Playstation, football is my favorite game. I enjoy watching football and other sports with my roommates and caregivers. Going to movies, shopping at the mall, going to the bowling alley to watch my roommates bowl are other ways which I spend my time. I volunteer at an assisted living center nearby helping to make their days more enjoyable. I am glad to live my life as full as possible and feel moving to this home has kept me from being a shut in and spending my days just watching TV. I have developed friendships which the opportunities did not exist prior to moving into my current home. My life is so much better having moved to this home.

Jerry’s Place – Jerry Sorohan

Jerry’s Place – Jerry Sorohan

Jerry has been living at our home since November of 2010. He suffers from a seizure disorder. He came to us after his Mother passed away. He had been living with his brother and because they had to work, he was a total shut in and went to an adult day care center 6 days a week. He spent a lot of his time putting together puzzles and copying from his Bible (because he cannot read or write).

Jerry’s quality of life has changed immensely since moving into our home. He has breakfast and coffee with friends, loves to go to the store and spends a lot of time in the yard during the warm months which also includes his own garden! He had tons of tomatoes this years as well as corn, peppers and lot of other vegetables. He loves to share them with family and friends as well as the neighbors.

He also loves to play board games with his roommates and caregivers. His favorites are
Dominos and Sorry. He also loves his music and plays his favorites all the time. His laughter fills the house daily and he just loves his life now.