INDIANAPOLIS — Just after years battling a rare disease, Shennea Dixon is residing with her assistance pet in the garage of her childhood home — but not for long.
Design on her personal property starts this Friday, Sept. 17 in FOX59’s back again parking good deal all through our 11th annual Larger Indy Habitat for Humanity make. We’ll introduce you to Dixon and the teams of volunteers as they work all morning to get the 1,400-sq.-foot household started.
We’re increasing money for Habitat for Humanity all 7 days with a intention of $20,000, and we’d appreciate to have your assist. Click on below to make a donation supporting a fellow Hoosier’s homeownership targets.
Dixon was identified at age 19 with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), a uncommon illness that triggers tumors throughout her physique, like in her brain and spinal twine.
But rather than allowing the disorder provide as a continuous setback, she decided it took place for a cause and rather made use of it to propel her daily life ahead.
“I understood that the extremely matter that the ‘world’ views as anything that should destroy a person was my catalyst to achievements,” she wrote in her Habitat for Humanity story.
Dixon was living in Alabama, getting deferred a total-trip scholarship to Indiana College just after significant faculty to go to a ministry software, when the 1st tumors ended up found out.
She flew back again to Indiana for medical procedures to eliminate two huge, non-cancerous tumors on her proper kidney and adrenal gland, then recovered and returned to Alabama to resume the “adult life” she was developing, which integrated enrolling in school, discovering a work, shopping for a motor vehicle and acquiring her initially apartment.
Six a long time later on, in late 2014, she figured out that a tumor on her spinal cord had grown. She required surgical procedure within months to stay clear of paralysis, so this time she packed up and returned to Indiana for very good.
What was anticipated to be a six-thirty day period recovery is now transferring into its sixth yr. Dixon woke up from surgical procedures paralyzed and experienced to relearn even the most fundamental responsibilities, from getting dressed to driving. She’s regained much more walking capability than her medical practitioners assumed probable, but her system does not functionality as it as soon as did and she often demands to use a wheelchair.
Inspite of all that, Dixon went on to get her enterprise degree from IU. She cast a job that would be workable with the unpredictability of her well being, beginning a non-health-related household health care organization.
She traveled by Thailand and Vietnam with just a backpack and wheelchair. She located a like of sports all over again, participating in wheelchair basketball and tennis. And proper now, she’s self-changing a little school bus into a traveling little property.
Obtaining a permanent property via Habitat, as Dixon puts it, suggests really conquering her new everyday living and new stage of capability. She’s going through a further surgical procedure to take out a spinal twine tumor, so she requirements a home that is obtainable even on her worst days and also reasonably priced when she recovers with minimal revenue.
Her objectives for the long run are big. She wishes to establish her small business to the issue exactly where her mom can halt doing the job. She plans to build a room for physical treatment in the new house, as effectively as a modest workshop for portray, woodworking or fixing wheelchairs.
“I want the security of recognizing that no matter what road blocks my wellbeing or existence may possibly bring, I know I have a place of my own that I can just take refuge and always contact dwelling.”
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