Nourishing the Body and Spirit of a Paralyzed Mom (A Little Joy & Judy E2)
Victoria Gouletas sensibly waited until after a Nor'easter had passed through their Connecticut town before venturing out to check for damage to her family's home. What she could not have expected was that a tree limb, weakened by the storm, would suddenly fall on her, forever altering the course of life for her and her family.
In this episode of "A Little Joy and Judy", the ladies respond to a call from a local support organization, The Westport Moms, and step in to help Victoria and her family through their painful period of adjustment. After finding out that one of Victoria's favorite meals is Shrimp Scampi, the girls whip up their own healthy version of this classic, swapping in zucchini ribbons for pasta, and head out to visit with Victoria and her family to share a meal and some of their thoughts about dealing with challenges and overcoming adversity.
On arrival at Victoria's, Joy and Judy meet her sister Desiree and two of her children. A lawyer and avid runner, Victoria is currently wheelchair bound. "They did the surgery and they said there's a 10% chance that I would ever walk again," she reflected. Despite the adversity, Victoria's spirit and optimism are still strong. "We are all, as a family, learning a new normal for me."
Desiree shares the emotional conversation she had with her sister when she first arrived at the hospital after the accident, and how inspirational Victoria has been throughout this ordeal. "I still have my brain and it works fine," she recounts how Victoria soothed her, "I still have my arms and I can still hug and love my children."
"She is the strongest woman I know," Desiree shares, through tears. "I am so grateful that she is still with us."
Joy and Judy may have brought a meal and shared their experiences, but they were also touched by the love and appreciation they received. Watch and learn more about this courageous woman, her family, and how her community is pitching in to help her through this difficult time.
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