Paralyzed since 2007 as a result of a sudden blood clot in her spine, Maryanne has adapted to the dramatic change in her life. A massage therapist for 20 years, she renovated her home to be accessible and learned how to be independent again. Her sense of independence and purpose grew when Jessica came to live with her.
“Has having a monkey helper changed my day-to-day life? Absolutely! Each morning I open my eyes and see her sweet face, and her sounds are like music to my ears. We’re a team, she and I… helping each other get through the day. Having Jessica has put me back in a caregiver role again, given me purpose. With that purpose, it distracts me from the pain, loneliness, and isolation I found in the chair.”