Travis’s Story

Site created on April 8, 2018

As most of you know, Travis had a stroke on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. He called his wife, Elisa,  at work and said he was having an emergency. She called our good family friend, Michelle Popp, to go check on him. She personally picked him up and got him to the ambulance. We couldn’t be more grateful for Michelle’s help and heroism. While at the hospital they did an MRI and found no clot. They diagnosed him with an extremely rare syndrome called Bells Palsy. After resleasing him and getting him in the car, Elisa realized that something was still wrong. They got him back into the hospital and did another MRI and found the clot in his brain stem. He will have to do some Physical Rehab for talking, walking and swallowing in Great Falls these next few weeks. We are extremely grateful for all of the love, support and prayers we’ve gotten from our family and friends these past few days. We made this website so Travis can personally update you all on his condition and what’s happening in his life. Please continue to send good vibes and prayers his way. We have a long road ahead and couldn’t do it without all of our family and friends support. 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Travis Pierce

Sorry it's been a while since my last update, a lot has happened and been keeping me busy.  I have been home for three weeks, doing PT and ST mulitple times a week.  All that work has been paying off, I'm walking without assistance. I take a cane with me when I'm going out in public where there are crowds or if I'm going to be on my feet for long periods of time just in case I need it.  But mostly its a prop so people think my staggers and stumbles are due to a medical issue and not because I'm drunk shopping at Costco at noon.  All in all things are progressing better than I'd hoped.  I'm at the 4 week goals for Physical Therapy after just two weeks, so the new goals are to be driving by mid June and pretty much walking like normal.  The swallowing and vision issues are improving but in smaller increments.  But I'm not losing weight like I was[dang it]. 

I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers it is much appreciated.  And a huge thank you to the medical professionals who have cared for me, they have all been absolutely amazing.  From St. Peter's to Benifis all have gone above and beyond the call, words fail to express my gratitude for their care.  

So my next personal goal is on June 9th.  I am going to participate in the 2018 Governors Cup 1 mile Fun Run...not at all ready for the 5k....and I'll never be ready for marathoning,   but I think a mile 8 weeks after learning how to walk again is enough of a challange.  Wish me luck. 

Thanks again for your continued love you all!
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