From perfect health to paralyzed, Conway woman's life changes overnight
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:53:17 GMT —
Kim Myers' life turned upside down six months ago this week. She went from a healthy young mom to being partially paralyzed virtually overnight.
For five years, Myers worked as a certified nurse assistant at Conway Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and now she lives there.
"I worked with everybody and I know how well they take care of you," Myers said.
Myers woke up one morning in February with intense pain in her left arm and shoulder.
She thought it was just muscle pain, but within hours, it turned into numbness and paralyzation.
Doctors thought at first that she had a stroke, but X-rays showed, it was a spinal problem.
"It came to find out the disc was compressed in my spine and it made me paralyzed from the chest to bottom."
Myers thinks the spinal compression may have been caused by her job lifting and moving patients at the care facility.
She underwent surgery in Myrtle Beach, spent two months at the Shepherd rehab facility for spinal patients in Atlanta and then moved to Conway Manor.
Today, she spends much of her time outdoors, wondering if she'll ever be able to walk again.
"I believe I will, it takes time. I can't say possibly when it's going to happen," Myers said.
At 32, Myers is by far the youngest resident of the care facility, but says she feels comfortable there, because she knows everyone.
Still, Myers worries she won't be able to make it to all of her 11-year-old daughter's school activities, and the Conway resident wants more than anything to get back to where she belongs.
"I am really trying to get home by the end of this month."
A room is being added on to her mother's home, while her three sisters plan fundraisers to help cover expenses.
In the meantime, Myers keeps hope alive.
"I believe in God, he heals. You just got to pray on it."
Myers' sister, Tamika Harrison, has set up a fundraiser for her at the Chik-Fil-A in Murrells Inlet on August 29 from 5 to 7 p.m.