CRPS: Heal Tara & The Art of Hope

CRPS: Heal Tara & The Art of Hope

Raising Awareness on Regional Complex Pain Syndrome Raising money to help our friend Tara to Heal.

17/03/2024

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The treatments are working!!! Tara has been making progress. Thank you to everyone who has been sharing, donating, supporting, all of it helps!!! We are making a difference together!!!

09/03/2024

Tara is getting her first treatment today! We’re wishing her luck and will be posting updates!

Photos from OHGlow Studio's post 15/02/2024

How incredible the support that has been building!!! created some amazing graphics for Tara
Thank you so much for all your support

Tara's CRPS battle & the Art of Hope, organized by Ashley Riley 12/02/2024

Thank you so much for your support and thoughts how selfless of you.

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06/02/2024

We just got the cost of Tara’s first infusion covered! Thank you everyone!

05/02/2024

04/02/2024

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On June 13, 2023, our friend Tara Legault's life took an unexpected tragic turn. It was a normal Wednesday afternoon when her dog, Otis, got out. She chased after him and this seemingly routine moment altered the course of her and her family's life ever since or possibly forever.

In the chaos, Tara injured a nerve by simply running and ruptured her plantar fascia on the underside of her right foot. Within hours, it swelled well beyond a normal injury causing severe pain. Later that evening, her husband, Andrew, took her to the hospital for X-rays, as he was convinced her foot was broken. To their surprise, the X-rays revealed no fractures, only bruising to her bone marrow.

Tara has been no stranger to pain. She's an active woman who regularly worked out, was previous a cage fighter and had undergone two c-sections. Tara was sent home with crutches and a diagnosis of a bad bruise. The expected recovery time was nine weeks.

However, as the weeks passed the pain became significantly more severe. After 5 months the intense nerve pain from the injury had spread up her leg. Tara found herself bedridden, unable to walk or resume her normal life. She was slowly slipping into a depression with no answers in sight. After numerous tests, doctors diagnosed her with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a misfiring of pain receptors in the brain that affects nerves, organs, and organ systems. Due to a lack of research, medical knowledge, nor a definitive cure, CRPS is often referred to as "The Su***de Disease". Patients like Tara describe the pain of CRPS as a constant burning (like a torch being held to the skin). Other sufferers have a sensation of an extreme feeling of freezing. Other symptoms include jolting nerve pain, thinning of the skin, skin ulcers from lack of circulation and ability to move, irregular nail growth, abnormal sweating, and fluid retention.

Despite the challenges Tara became a warrior and she immersed herself in finding answers. She dove into research, connecting with support groups with the ultimate goal of raising awareness about CRPS. As a mother of three incredible children—Matthew, Annie, and Ian—she navigates her daily pain battles and family life all while striving to educate others about this debilitating disorder.

Tara's journey took an even more challenging turn when her mother passed in Cheyenne, Wyoming in January 2024. It was the same day our camera crew was packing to initially go and record her story. We postponed the trip to allow her time to grieve with her family and pick up filming at a later date. Although the reason for her mother's passing was not CRPS, Tara began to make the connection between the unexplained pain she saw her mother go through when she was a child and the CRPS she has been suffering with. Her heart has been broken knowing that her mother suffered the same way she is, with no answers or treatment until the end. Although the hereditary link is uncertain, the similarities in symptoms leave Tara convinced that her mother suffered greatly from the same syndrome.

In response to Tara's worsening situation, my dear friend Lexi, and I embarked on a journey to capture her story and help raise funds for an experimental treatment. Tara and her household are trying to survive off only a single income. Andrew had to stop pursuing his welding certification to keep their medical insurance. This family of 5 has come together to keep the household running while their mother suffers.

We documented Tara's struggles over two days, and we are determined to raise funds for the Legaults. Tara has exhausted all medical treatment options, had unsuccessful surgeries and nerve blocker injections. Additional treatment options are not covered by insurance, and they are falling behind on bills, with credit and medical debts accumulating. Their eldest twins are ready to graduate from high school and still have a seventh-grader at home. Tara's pride prevents her from asking for help, but we can't stand by and watch her family suffer. We are rallying the troops to support Tara in getting the treatments she needs, paying off their debts, and preparing her talented children for the next phase of their lives.

Please support our friend and her family so they can return to a normal life, pursuing her incredible artistic talents () and continue to pursue their strong faith and spread the word of God. You can help by liking, sharing, commenting, telling a friend, spreading the word in your circle, watching the film, and donating to help our dear friend Tara

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Ephesians 6:10

04/02/2024

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Tara's CRPS battle & the Art of Hope, organized by Ashley Riley 03/02/2024

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🚨UPDATE! 🚨Tara has now had 3 infusions and was able to walk with her foot flat for the first time in 10 months! We have ...
We just got the cost of Tara’s first infusion covered! Thank you everyone! #healtara #crps #thesuicidedisease
CRPS: Heal Tara & The Art of Hope