Welcome to our Caring Bridge website for Sherry Campbell Bechtold. We are using this to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Many of us know Sherry from different walks of life and so we thought you would enjoy hearing from Sherry about her very interesting and successful life from corporate human resources to theater, music and writing, and this list goes on and on. I She has collected many friends along this journey through her work and volunteer activities and, of course, at the place she has become so fond of - the Hounds on Henry Dog Park, in Punta Gorda. Sherry would often call this her "cocktail or happy" hour where she and Boo would regularly visit and just chill out with their friends during the season.
We hope this Caring Bridge website will be a place for those who know and care about Sherry to give her words of encouragement and help when and where that will be needed by Sherry and her husband, Bob.
ABOUT SHERRY IN HER OWN WORDS:
After a successful career in Executive Recruiting and Human Resource Management in NYC and Boston, I owned a small country store called the Marshfield Hills General Store which I subsequently sold to the actor Steve Carell. In my book MY LIFE AT THE MARSHFIELD HILLS GENERAL STORE, I wanted to pay tribute to my neighbors, the unique village of Marshfield Hills and the day-to-day life of the store.
Since ‘retirement’, my husband, Bob, and I have travelled throughout the western U.S., Mexico and the Bahamas. I created a popular travel blog called Starboogie.com, which is still active and has expanded to include articles on music and literature. In 2010, we moved to Punta Gorda Florida, while maintaining a summer residence in Scituate, Massachusetts. I work as a freelance writer and am a certified yoga teacher.
My son Adam Campbell is an award winning Screenplay Writer and he is my inspiration! He is my "go to" guy for advice and support.
I have enjoyed a lifelong involvement with theatre and music, as an actor, director and producer in regional theatre; appeared in industrial and commercial videos, and managed a small band on the South Shore of Boston. I am currently a member of the Peace River Writers Group in Punta Gorda. I have a B.S. from the State University of New York.
SHERRY'S MEDICAL PROBLEMS:
As many of Sherry's friends and her family know, Sherry has been hospitalized since mid-October. She had open heart surgery at Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida, on October 17th for the repair of a severe mitral valve prolapse . Before surgery, Sherry posted a photo of her and Boo (see photo gallery) in the hospital which alarmed all of her FB friends, but after many concerned postings about her health, she posted "just a little procedure.. I'll be fine". Her hospitalization was to be about one week followed by routine cardiac surgery rehabilitation. The surgery apparently went well but Sherry failed to recover as expected . Eventually a tracheotomy was performed and she was transferred on November 9th to The Complex Acute Hospital-Ridgedale in Sarasota . The plan of care was to wean her completely off the ventilator and then she was expected to be transferred to another facility for her intensive rehabilitation . Unfortunately this has not happened and Sherry remains off and on ventilator support for considerable hours each day . Sherry has some days of lucidity but also some days are spent where she is not very receptive and sleeps much of the time . Due to the tracheotomy Sherry is unable to speak so communication with her can be difficult at best .
Last week her cardiac surgeon from Fawcett was contacted and has agreed to take her back to Fawcett Hospital in order to evaluate her heart further as she continues to have AFIB which hinders the progress of getting off the ventilator. Fortunately, a bed in the Cardiac-ICU (4th floor) at Fawcett became available and Sherry was transferred to this facility on January 5th.
Bob has been by Sherry's side every single day since her admission in October . He has been her constant advocate and support and is doing his best despite the enormity of the situation . We are all continuing to remain hopeful that Sherry will make a full recovery despite these setbacks and return to her community where both she and Bob are missed so very much .