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The last 15 months for our mom, Nadine, has been quite the journey. It all began when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last April. She had a ton of love and support from family and friends. All three of us daughters were pretty lucky she had so much support especially because we live in different states; and Nicole and her husband, Brendan, are in Kansas City, Natasha is living in LA and Natalie, her husband Tyler are their daughter, Jessa, are the only ones living in Colorado. So we were very fortunate for all those who helped her get through chemo and all her cancer treatments, especially her boyfriend Mark. As she would say "there is a power in prayer!" After a long battle with cancer she finally became cancer free this January! Recently, because of cell damage caused by radiation, two weeks ago she had a stem cell surgery on her left pectoral muscle using a graphing from her upper thigh. She is quite the fighter! With that being said to much of our surprise it was quite a shock when we all received the news of her biking accident on Tuesday, July 5th.
The Accident on July 5th, 2016:
Nadine was having a normal day in Aspen staying with Mark, they were going to make enchiladas for dinner with some friends and have a fun summer night. Before everyone was going to get together she decided to run to the store quick to get some spinach, strawberries and salad dressing for the dinner. She took the bicycle ofor a ride, unfortunately not with a helmet on. On her way back from the store she fell forward over the handles of the bike right in front of Neil St. and Herron Park. From there 911 was called by witnesses and she was rushed to the hospital. However she didn't have any identification on her so the EMT and doctors at the hospital had no way to ID her. Luckily a friend of Mark and Nadine's had seen her fall and called Mark telling him he should go to the hospital. From the hospital in Aspen she was taken by Flight For Life down to St. Anthony's Hospital in Lakewood, CO. St. Anthony's is one of the best head trauma hospitals in the country. During the Flight For Life the nurse induced a temporary paralysis to help stabilize her body. Upon arrival she was rushed to the ER and then transferred to the ICU. Natalie, Tyler and Jessa had then arrived on the scene after hearing from Mark the news. When they got there the doctors told them she had severe facial fractures; a LE Fort fracture to be exact, nasal fracture, as well as having bilateral orbital fractures meaning both eye sockets are fractured. On top of that she has two frontal epidural hematoma's meaning bleedings between the layers of the brain and skull. She also has a temporal bruise and scratches and bruises on her body.
She is strong and a fighter. The first 72 hours are very crucial, but we are optimistic she will get through this!