Walker Wednesday: Meet Vickie

What Is Walker Wednesday?     
 
Walker Wednesday is a day dedicated to stories of TAAF Walk-ers just like YOU!  Theirs are tales of courage, hardship, sacrifice, love and so much more detailing the odyssey faced by those affected by aneurysm and AVM.  Whether you TAAF Walk to express your joy, sorrow, lessons learned or simply the power of community, we hope you will see yourself in the sharing of these stories.

Meet Vickie    
 
In our mind, this introduction should read, Meet Vickie and Angela. But like many a caregiver among us, Angela is often the one taking the photo and not the credit. Angela, we see you; we know what you do and the care with which you do it. 

As you may have guessed, Vickie is Angela's mother, an East Bay native, dog lover, and survivor of two burst aneurysms. And one heck of a TAAF Walker! Victorious Vickie, as she and her Team are often known, have been keeping walkers motivated for years with her infectious energy and her team's joyful banter. They are, each of them, encourage-rs at heart making us all feel a bit lighter and more encouraged ourselves. Want to feel victorious today too? 
Please enjoy Vickie's video and story; please (read all the way to the end, hint hint) Meet Vickie. 




As told by her caregiver, and daughter extraordinaire, Angela:

On May 11, 2013 (Mother's Day) Vickie suffered a double brain aneurysm rupture in Vallejo, California. She was out with a friend when she had a massive headache and told her friend to take her to the ER right away. On the way to the ER she had seizures. We were medevaced to Eden Medical Hospital in Hayward where she stayed in the ICU for 6 weeks, then Acute Rehab at Queen of the Valley in Napa for 4 weeks, then Kindred Concord for 3 months, and then in October 2013 she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law in San Francisco.
She has lived with them for 5 years and loves San Francisco.

Vickie is in a wheelchair and just started learning to walk with a walker in 2018, and started talking in 2017 after being non-verbal for 3.5 years!  UCSF Neurologist think Vickie is a walking and talking miracle.  She is working hard in PT and OT to rehabilitate.



 

We are so thankful she survived and it has been a blessing to see her recover from year to year.  Vickie was retired before the stroke. She worked for Safeway for 25 years in Walnut Creek and Moraga.  She was living in Vallejo with her good friend.  She loves nature walking, the beach, cooking, and visiting family.

 

She raised her children in Orinda and Moraga, worked the night shift at Safeway, and went to St. Mary’s and Samuel Merritt during the day for nursing school.  She is a smart, a hard worker, natural caregiver, compassionate, heart of a rooster, and driven.  Vickie has always had dogs and loves them.  Vickie has had a Terrier, German Shepherd, Doberman Pincher, Rottweiler, and a Border Collie.

 

Vickie has two daughters, Mickel and Angela, and one grandson who just started at the University of Oregon.


  

Vickie has always loved animals, especially dogs, and has been wanting a companion dog since she moved in with us.  Her goal for 2018/2019 is to get a companion dog. We are hoping to make her dream come true in 2019 with the help of Canine Companions for Independence.  Vickie and her Team will be participating in TAAF Walk once again, but this year with a great big surprise... see our joy for yourself, and we'll see you on Crissy Field Sunday, May 5th.



With Love,

Vickie + Jason + Angela + Amelie the Princess Cat