Guillain-Barre Syndrome

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

Erin Drabek was working as a surgical nurse at Rockford Memorial Hospital when she started experiencing symptoms of what was eventually diagnosed as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an illness that affects the peripheral nervous syndrome. In just weeks, Erin was bed ridden. While she is on the road to recovery, her friends held an event Sunday night, hoping to help Erin and husband Frank cover the increasing costs of treatment as she continues physical therapy.

"With all the bad things that have happened in the past year, it really has been a blessing to come this far and realize I have all these people here to help support me," Erin says.

The event was planned by erin's coworker's at Rockford Memorial and featured music, a silent auction and a dinner.

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  • by caline Location: colorado on Jul 21, 2007 at 08:52 PM
    My husband had GBS a year ago. He has recovered 90%. Had been on a ventilator for 23 days as he was completely paralysed from toe to head (since it is an ascending paralysis). He still has issues in his extremities and does not have his full strength back. He is able to do most everything, hike, take walks, hold grandchildren, drive a car, work in the garden etc... GBS is a devastating syndrome with incredibly bright prognosis for most victims. My husband and I wish Erin a lot of hope and caring people around her as well as amazing physical therapists to help recover. Things will get brighter and other people with GBS will help you as much as you allow them to. They, and their caregivers, understand and are pulling for you.
  • by Marilyn Location: Roscoe, Illinois on Jul 16, 2007 at 05:10 AM
    My mom had this syndrome (at the age of 67)in the early 1980's, and did recover. Some people not so fortunate. Andy Griffith has this also and is an Honorary Board member. My mom was sent to Milwaukee referred by her doctor in Rockford, Illinois.
  • by Phil Location: Hawaii on Jun 26, 2007 at 02:55 PM
    You should contact the Guillain-Barre Foundation International. There are support chapters all across the country & around the world. Go to their web site:
  • by Bob Smits Location: netherlands on Jun 26, 2007 at 12:47 PM
    Dear Kathy, My wife is just recovering from GBS. I found a usefull adress on the web where a lot information may be available for the questions that you have. It is maintained by a foundation: hope this helps a bit
  • by Kathy Location: Freeport on Jun 25, 2007 at 07:56 PM
    When did Erin's symptoms begin? What kind of treatments is she getting? With my friend hers has come back more than once. My friend is 31 years old. She had her 1st onset when she was in Jr. High School. She was eventually treated in Madison. She had her second onset 2 summers ago by being stung by a bee. She went thru months of treatment, therapy and was treated in chicago where she found a Dr. that knew how to treat this disease. She just had her third onset in May just doing some remodeling around the house. My friend knows now what symptoms now to look for. They still don't know what causes it to keep coming back. Does Erin know what caused hers? I am curious to know how she is doing and what kind of treatment she is going thru to see if its the same kind of treatment my friend is going thru. Thanks Kathy
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