Karen Jahr

First post: Feb 2, 2020 Latest post: Feb 6, 2020
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. 6 years ago I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I have had chemo and radiation. Also since then I have been diagnosed with many more issues: Von Wildebrand disease, Raynaud's disease, Graves' disease, platelet deficit, bleeding disorder, had a heart stent, gall bladder surgery(emergency), found out I have Rheumotoid arthritis. Ostheoprosis,8 staph infections, 12 screws in my foot, my Achilles' tendon cut and I can't walk. I had many many more health obstacles along the way such as having skin grafts that didn't take and collagen treatments that didn't work. I have been to so many Drs and hospitals it's too many to mention he best part is when they say "wow your foot is the worst I have ever seen" that's great now help me! I want to say! I am now in the best place possible finally Mayo Clinic Rochester. The bad news is I have been here since November and they are temporarily moving me to a nursing home or group home or assisted living apartment until my surgery on April 1 when hopefully the current 8th staph infection is gone and they can remove all 12 screws(stainless steel and they should have been titanium) plus give me a skin graft as well. Also at that time I am desperately hoping I can start to walk again. They are willing to build me a prosthetic but I have no money and I am technically considered homeless as well. I am on state insurance and they want me to have a plastic prosthetic that DOES NOT MOVE AT ALL! It is hard to learn to walk with a prosthetic when it doesn't move???