Hollys Journey: From Guillain Barre Syndrome To Happily Ever After

By Holly Gerlach • September 20, 2017

When I was 26 year old, I was diagnosed with a rare disease just 20 days after the birth of my daughter. A tingle in my finger and a weakness in her legs brought my to the ER, and within 12 hours I could no longer walk anymore. The disorder progressed very quickly and by Day 3, I was in the ICU on life support. I spent almost 5 months in the hospital – 2 and a 1/2 were spent completely paralyzed from the neck down, breathing on a ventilator. I was unable to move, speak, or hold my newborn baby girl. When I finally started to recover, I had to learn how to do everything again, including how to breathe off the ventilator, how to use my hands and feed herself, how to hold my daughter, and eventually how to walk again. My daughter was almost 6 months old when I was finally able to return to my life as a new mom. After a lot of hard work and rehabilitation, I made an almost complete recovery. My journey is documented in my YouTube Video. I wanted to show others that with hard work and dedication, you can do things that you think are impossible.

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