Rhanas Journey
Strength is not always measured in muscle

"A positive attitude makes all the difference."

-Rhana (December 26th, 2012)

Read Robert's Blog (Her Dad)

From a healthy, fit, athletic kid, active on student council and excelling in school, to complete paralysis in about 4 hours. Unable to move from her neck down, speak, breathe on her own, smell or eat. All while in constant severe pain.

We've set up this page as a way to keep people updated on Rhana's progress. This is a site of hope, inspiration, courage and determination. We hope you visit often. This is Rhana’s Journey.

 With summer just around the corner and Rhana now a bit more mobile and her trache and gtube and cath are out it is my goal to get my girl to the beach! Before her onset she was an avid beach goer. I don't want to miss another summer. She prefers to have her toes in the sand.Our beach has 1 rental and it books up fast due to tourists. When she is strong enough to manage on her own it is my intention to donate it to our town beach.

I'm trying to get something along these lines:


Either that or I will have to hire a large muscled man to help me carry her. Either way, we're going to the beach darlin! If you would like to help us reach that goal please donate. All donations are matched by the eMarketingAssociation.

 Check out her Facebook group for daily updates.

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Rhana's Story - ABC6

ABC news story on Rhana

 Thank you Jay Burd (and Piper and Payton) for donating Rhana's bathtub! Because of you after a year and a half she is finally able to soak her muscles. We also managed to get a lot of wriggle in her left arm and she was able to float and relax! She didn't come out for half an hour! :)

Update on NBC News 10


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Thank you Congressman Langevin. Your letter made quite an impression on her :)

Rhana's world turned upside down when we got the call that 15th day of December.

"We got a call from the gym that she was sick," her father Robert Fleming said. "We didn't really know how sick. We didn't really think it was catastrophic sick."

"I said was there an accident? Did she fall? And they said, "no, we were just doing warm-ups," her mother Cheryl Fleming said.

Roughly one hour after that, Rhana was at Hasbro Children's Hospital Emergency Room, Providence -  arriving by ambulance on a body board with neck support. After a long painful 3 hour wait on a strecher in the emergency room (during which she lost her ability to speak, she was losing movement in her legs and her breathing was deteriorating rapidly - all while in excruciating pain), her body was becoming paralized. She was finally taken to be examined in the ER. She stopped breathing less than two minutes after they took her for examination. At that point she was in critical condition, she was intubated, paralyzed from the neck down, unable to breathe and in extreme pain - fully aware and eyes open. They admitted her to the PICU unit.

It was a sudden, violent nerve reaction in Rhana's spine that doctors call Transverse Myelitis. It is very rare.

Longitudinally Extensive Transverse Myelitis

Cheryl (Rhanas Mom) works at the eMarketing Association.

The eMarketing Association will match 100% of all donations made through its site.

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Please click "how to help" and give.  100% of donations go to her medical care and associated expenses. We are not a big charity, just a family that needs your help to meet severe, crushing and overwhelming medical and rehab expenses for our daughter. We want her to have the care she needs. Thank you, your donation is appreciated and will help Rhana recover and improve her quality of life. The eMA will match all donations, Cheryl (Rhanas Mother works there and they are supporting this cause).


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Thank you for sharing this journey with us. <3