In the fall of 2014 I was what you'd consider a normal high school Senior. Most of my time was spent working on college applications and preparing for music school auditions. My passions resided in piano, guitar, cello, voice and dance. I knew music was what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life. I was a normal healthy teenage kid despite a minor case of Senioritits. Because my friends were busy with college apps and winter concerts, we decided to celebrate my 17th birthday on December 21st, the day before winter vacation was to begin.Read More
A unique community event is happening this Sunday at Tucker's Grove Park in Goleta. The Grace Fisher Foundation is organizing an all inclusive Summer Solstice Celebration and lunch for special needs families.Read More
Grace Fisher was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, a rare polio-like, paralyzing syndrome that affects the spinal cord. Doctors don’t know why or how she was afflicted. Since Grace’s discharge, she has gotten more into art and back to her primary love, music.Read More
During a party to celebrate her 17th birthday, Grace Fisher suddenly was overcome by pain in her neck and tingling in her hands. Within minutes, upon arrival at the hospital, Grace lost the use of her legs. The growing weakness progressed over the next several hours. By nightfall Grace was intubated, required mechanical ventilator support to breathe, and now had total loss of her ability to move. Later, Grace was diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM).Read More
Grace Fisher, a 17-year-old senior at Santa Barbara High School, was looking forward to her belated birthday celebration. It was December 21, 2014, and friends of the lively teen and aspiring musician had begun to gather when Grace felt numbness in her hands and pain in her neck. The numbness quickly spread to her feet and in the short time it took for her mother, Debbie, to take Grace to the emergency room at Cottage Hospital, it had progressed to her waist.Read More
A mystery illness has top medical officials around the country focusing on Santa Barbara.
A nurse with neuro/spinal rehab experience has traveled from the Craig Rehab Hospital outside Denver, Colorado to Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital, to assess Grace Fisher, a teenager diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis.