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Life Altering But Not Life Defining…

Guillain-Barré Syndrome and me!

I was a healthy and happy 36 year old who enjoyed life to the fullest. In February 2016, I was bitten by a mosquito and what happened afterwards was shocking for my family, friends and neighbours. Imagine what it would be like to wake up with a headache, fever, aching back and unable to walk. Later, I took a sip of water and started to choke, I was unable to swallow and terrifyingly I could not breathe. This escalated into total respiratory failure, I was rushed into intensive care and placed on a ventilator to breathe for me. The doctors said that I had contracted The Chikungunya Virus which triggered Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Within hours I was in a coma, completely paralysed, my body had swollen to more than twice its normal size and I was fighting for my life. Read about my experiences with GBS @

What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)? Guillain-Barré (Ghee-Yan Bah-Ray) Syndrome is a rare and serious auto-immune disorder of the peripheral nervous system. It is characterized by abnormal sensations and the rapid onset of weakness and paralysis of the legs, arms, breathing muscles and face. GBS affects 1 – 2 in every 100,000 people per year of any gender and all ethnic backgrounds and age groups. There is no cure and the exact cause of the syndrome is unknown. The recovery period can take a few weeks or several years. While most people make a full recovery others suffer long-term disabilities of varying degrees. Although potentially fatal, less than 5% of persons diagnosed with GBS die. How is GBS Diagnosed? A physical exam and a patient’s symptoms are often sufficient to indicate the diagnosis.

To confirm, a lumbar puncture which detects elevated levels of protein in spinal fluid and/or electrical tests of nerve and muscle function may be performed. How is GBS Treated? As the progression of the disease in its early stages is unpredictable, most newly diagnosed patients are hospitalized in an intensive care unit to monitor body functions and support breathing with a machine if required. Care involves the use of general supportive measures for the paralyzed patient and also methods specifically designed to speed recovery. Plasmapheresis (a blood “cleansing” procedure) or high dose Intravenous Immune Globulins (IVIG) are often helpful to shorten the course of GBS. Most patients when medically stable are candidates for a physical rehabilitation program to help regain muscle strength and function.

What is Neurogenic Heterotopic Ossification? Neurogenic Heterotopic Ossification (NHO) with joint ankylosis is a condition that causes the formation and growth of benign bone within the soft tissue and muscle surrounding a joint resulting in stiffness or immobility. NHO & Me! You might think my experience with GBS could not get worse but it did, when I started rehabilitation to regain muscle function, I had absolutely no movement at my hips – GBS has caused NHO in both of my hip joints.

(Image above shows healthy joints versus my joints encased in bone) NHO occurs in only 6% of all GBS sufferers but my case is significant and advanced resulting in complete immobility of my hips. Against the odds, I am determined to conquer GBS & NHO. Prolonged therapy will allow me to retrain my muscles to complete some of the basic tasks of daily living but for others and especially to walk again I need hip surgery. Kindly contribute to my medical fund and help me to receive the surgery that can make all the difference to my recovery!

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Dawn Drayton.

Contributions can be made to
Dawn Drayton @ CIBC FirstCaribbean
International Bank: Account No.: 1001095377
Barbados Public Workers
Credit Union: Account No.: 51407 S01

Telephone: (246) 234.3559

Prophet Janal Browne An Inspiration To Many

Prophet Janal Browne was born in Barbados and at a young age he started ministering to congregations in Barbados and around the Caribbean. His Prophetic walk began when he had a visitation by the holy spirit many years ago and the lord spoke to him concerning Ezekiel 2 & 3 and God gave him the mandate and scroll to go and spread the gospel to the Nations,Prophet Janal Browne has walked with various ministers and has had extensive training in the Prophetic ministry.Prophet Janal Browne has ministered in many miracle healing Services including countries such as Trinidad, St.Lucia, Guyana, and in the USA – Miami, Connecticut, Mansfield Louisiana, Las Vegas and many others, where hundreds have been healed including numerous miracles of blind eyes and deaf ears opened by the power of God in these services.

Who Makes You Happy?

When you go into a relationship or when we the marry someone it’s because they bring us so much happiness, they bring so much joy into our lives.
When we fall in love every other kind of happiness we’ve ever experienced might feel small in comparison so much so that we settle on this one thought: “this person make me happy’’ but that’s not true!
You made yourself happy. You made the choice to allow yourself to open up to someone incredible. You made the decision to commit to some whom you feel extremely connected to.
You made the choice to hang in there even when the person has hurt you, nobody can make us happy. We have been the one who has brought happiness into our own lives.
If you’re feeling happy because you have great friends it’s because you have chosen to surround yourself with genuine, generous and loving people, if you’re feeling happy because you have a great family it’s because you have chosen to be consciously grateful for them.

Similarly NO ONE can make us unhappy. No wife, no husband, no ex-girlfriend, no ex-boyfriend, no friends, no family, NO ONE can make us unhappy. We have always been the ONLY one who can cause our own suffering our own unhappiness because it is always our reaction to the circumstances that dictates whether we feel happy or not.
It’s never what happens or who happened it’s how we handle it. it’s also who we have or don’t have in our lives because we cannot have a healthy relationship until we know that our happiness cannot be given to us by someone else.
We don’t expect people to lose weight for us so why would we expect people to make us happy?
We’ve got to do it ourselves. It’s perfectly normal to feel unhappy to feel affected by people and things but once we tune our mind to the fact our happiness is not out there somewhere but in us we can easily let go and find our balance again. Nobody can make us happy but you can always always always make yourself happy.
Be happy always.




Woman Becomes 1st Patient To Be Cured Of Sickle Cell Disease

If you or someone you know suffers from sickle cell disease, hope is on the way. Iesha Thomas, who suffered from the disease herself, is the first person to be cured. This is huge!!!

Sickle cell affects 1 in every 500 African Americans in the U.S. But, the good news is, this disease might be on its way out. Fingers crossed.

In Memory of Krystal Padmore

In January of this year (2016) I did what I always do every year. Set a few goals; create some objectives and strategies to achieve those goals. Additionally, I always look for a theme song for the year to motivate me for the coming 52 weeks. This year I chose “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. I then proceeded to tweet the artist to let her know I believe the song represents a movement. I did not know that my brave would be tested to its maximum until October 4, 2016 when I received news that my daughter had passed away in her sleep in New York.

My daughter died from complications associated with alcoholism and was subject to relationships that can only be classified as driven by domestic violence in some cases. I did everything I could to help her overcome her challenges but when a child is an adult you have to comply with their wishes no matter the consequences to them. The long and horrid journey associated with dependency had destroyed her body and ravaged her spirit. I purchased a ticket for her to leave NY to travel to Atlanta and stay with me so that I could care for her but she never woke up to catch the plane. The phone rang and all I remember was a voice saying “Aubry. . .she is gone. . .Krystal is gone!”

For the first time in my life I was completely numb and void of natural feeling; only confusion and hurt permeated my mind and spirit. I had to refocus quickly and go take care of my daughters’ remains holding back tears and anger.  I hurriedly booked a flight to New York and was frustrated because I attempted to board two flights and missed both because of wrong information from airline. Placed on a plane to Midway (Chicago) en-route to NY I discovered upon arrival no ticket was booked for me to New York. I knew then, that I was being challenged to reach my daughter in New York. I recognized that someone was testing my toughness. I remained calm. I was sensitive feeling the thoughts of people and things around me as I never did before. A sense of heightened emotion encompassed me. I surrendered to the peace and calm in the midst of this storm so I would not blow up.

Thanks to the professionalism of the Southwest supervisor in Chicago I was placed on a flight after she reviewed the error was facilitated in Atlanta. I was now on my way to New York where I went directly to the morgue and identified the body and started proceedings for a memorial service after ordering a full autopsy.

Today, I am in Barbados to recuperate and also create a foundation in memory of my daughter and for young women and men who struggled with the issues that caused my daughters passing.  The trip is also a bucket list item for Krystal who wanted to visit Barbados again to engage her Caribbean heritage. I have met with several women organizations while on Island as I chart a course for the establishment of The Krystal Padmore Foundation and partnership with these local organizations with a global reach.

My Own Personal Journey

Pure Heart  is a solo Gospel track, by Nichole Murray, a Barbadian known for community development and involvement with youth activities.

Pure Heart is described as one half of a conversation with God in which a soul cries out to God for help. The lyrical and video content are very personal to Nichole, who is the writer and creative lead on the two, respectively. Barbadian singer and song writer, Nichole Murray, released her debut Gospel single on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 and her video is like a movie short. It depicts Nichole on a solitary quest to find something precious that she had buried in times past.

‘I’m going to be free’: Terminally ill Wisconsin teen schedules her death and one ‘last dance’

Jerika Bolen is going to prom. And, as you can expect from a 14-year-old with purple hair, she has thought a lot about her outfit.

“I’m not much of a girly girl. I’m more of a punk bada– girl,” Jerika explained on the phone Wednesday night from her home in Appleton, Wis. “I actually have a pretty girly dress, but I’m going to have punky jewelry. Just to keep my punk soul with it.”

This is Jerika’s very own prom. She’s calling it her “last dance.” And it is.

Jerika Bolen has an incurable disease, type 2 spinal muscular atrophy, that typically kills during adolescence, but not before inflicting great pain. She is feeling that pain now and is being kept alive by use of a ventilator 12 hours a day. Months after turning 14, Jerika decided it was time to remove the ventilator, time to die.

The alternative: She would lose the ability to control her hands and to speak, while experiencing more crushing pain and surgery along the way to an inevitable death.

So by the end of August, she will turn off her ventilator she uses to breathe — and spend her final days at home with her mother and two dogs.

Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA II) is a rare disease that causes debilitating pain and in her case the loss of all muscle control, save for parts of her face and hands. She has had surgeries to place rods in her back, remove all but a shard of her hip bones and fuse parts of her spine together with screws. The pain is regularly at a 7 on a 10 scale, which is akin to constantly having a migraine. Sometimes it climbs to 8, 9 or 10, because the screws in her bones pinch her nerves. People with SMA II, an inherited, incurable condition, don’t usually live into adolescence, but the people in Jerika’s life say she’s a fighter.

“I just kept going,” Jerika said “I didn’t want to hurt my mom, I didn’t want to hurt my family. I wanted to keep fighting and keep fighting. I didn’t have a life. I was just laying on the couch, got up to do homework and then went back to bed because I was so sore.”

She doesn’t want to fight anymore. A few months ago, she endured her 38th surgery — yet another procedure to manage the crushing pain in her back and hips. She decided it would be her last.

“I sat myself down and I thought, ‘Jerika, am I here for me or am I here for my family? I can’t even do anything besides lie in bed because I’m so sore.’”

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Condolences to the Family of Carson Wharton


Condolences to the family of Carson Wharton of St. Christopher, Christ Church, relative of the Wharton family of Boarded Hall, Christ Church. Carson was involved in an accident recently and died subsequently on February 24, 2016 at the QEH. As his family awaits the Post Mortem funeral arrangements are a work in progress. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

We Need Your Prayers

prayerwarriorAs requested by many of our readers here on Obit Moments we have decided to start a prayer section for those in need, but what really is prayer?

Well, it’s a characteristic that is shared among many world religions and philosophies.  In the end, the key difference is the recipient of the prayer.

Why is prayer important?  Why do speakers, teachers, and religious leaders emphasize the importance of prayer?  Books have been written on prayer. Even Jesus gave a model prayer by which we should pray.  Prayer is emphasized because prayer is a very important practice.  Not only can prayer bring spiritual support, prayer can also benefit a person mentally and physically. We urge you to email us your stories and  let us and others send our prayers and anything else that might help, we will post your story on this page. Our email address is