Shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Casey, Holly began to experience neck pain and a sudden weakness in her legs. As the next few days passed, Holly's health worsened and her husband rushed her to the hospital.
By the time she was seen by doctors, Holly was paralyzed from the neck down!
After running several tests, doctors concluded that Holly was suffering from a condition known as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). While there's no known cause of GBS, doctors believed that it was brought on by Holly's delivery!
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, GBS is described as follows:
"Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the symmetrical weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body.
These symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all and, when severe, the person is almost totally paralyzed. In these cases the disorder is life threatening - potentially interfering with breathing and, at times, with blood pressure or heart rate - and is considered a medical emergency."
Holly's rapid deterioration followed this diagnosis to the letter. At a time where she should've been bonding with her newborn and husband, Holly was on a ventilator and being monitored around the clock by medical staff.
Soon the illness took over her ability to speak - when things became overwhelming, she would lean over to the nurses and mouth:
"I'm in so much pain."
It was heartbreaking for Holly's husband and family members to see her like this day-in and day-out!
The moment her paralyzation ceased, Holly started to relearn how to do basic things like walking, talking, eating and applying makeup. Despite the pain and discomfort, Holly remained dedicated to regaining her strength!
The sooner she was up and moving, the sooner she could care for her daughter!