Michael – Suffering from Encephalitis

by Katie on August 4, 2011 · 0 comments

Happy Thursday, Team!

This week’s Love Bomb is being dropped on Michael and his family. Michael is suffering from Encephalitis which is causing him much confusion and inability to control his emotions or communicate. Our team member, Whitney gave some insight on Michael’s story and she really explains the situation best:

 

 Michael was a year ahead of me in high school, and I didn’t know him very well.  I did know he had a reputation for being incredibly intelligent and well-liked.  Over the last 6 months, his world has been rocked by Encephalitis, which is swelling in the brain caused by a virus.  It has dramatically hindered his ability to process, remember, and communicate information.  His dad, sister, brother, and close friend have been using the a blog to update on his progress.  They had been told the encephalitis was gone and that he would need several months to rehabilitate and heal, but found out he had another type of encephalitis, which put him back in the hospital.  That process has happened several times now.  They finally found a rehab they thoug ht would really help him, but were just told (again) that the facility couldn’t keep him because they couldn’t control him when he gets upset and becomes aggressive. The family is trying to be strong by focusing on the positive and they have full faith that he will come through all of this stronger than before, but they’re still struggling and grieving over the whole situation.  They could really use some encouragement.  ”

For Michael, though he isn’t good with communicating, waking up in a life that isn’t his own has got to be incredibly confusing, frustrating, and scary.  The same can be said for those who love him most, watching him suffer this way.

His mom’s most recent post really shows the heartache and disappointment being felt. That’s the post we’re going to be dropping the Love Bomb on, and here’s the link: (http://sludog.blogspot.com/2011/07/empty.html)

Let’s show our support to Michael and his family.

Ready? Steady? Go on, troops. Let’s Drop a Love Bomb!

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