JUDY’S JUNK Sixth Annual Lawn Sale for HC 
By Mike Zettel, Metroland, reprinted with permission

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Once a year, Judy Feeley invites the community to her home to shop for bargains and support a cause close to her. On Saturday, May 11, the Welland woman will do so once again as she holds the sixth annual Judy’s Junk Lawn Sale in support of Hydrocephalus Canada.

For Feeley, the sale and money raised by it is a way of giving back.

For years, she suffered from debilitating migraines and seizures — she nearly last all her mobility, and at one point was pricing walkers.
Eventually, Feeley was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which an essential fluid called cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF, gets backed up in the brain. This causes the ventricles to swell, which puts pressure on the brain and can cause serious damage.

“It’s like a backed-up sink,” she said.

Feeley learned that even though she wasn’t diagnosed until age 42, she was born with the condition.

In May 2013, Feeley underwent a procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), which, according to Hydrocephalus Canada, involves the creation of a small hole in the floor of the third ventricle in the brain. This creates an alternate path for CSF to flow out of the blocked ventricle and into the other cavities of the brain and then elsewhere in the body, so that there is no accumulation in the brain.

The change, while not total, was dramatic; Feeley is able to walk again, though she still has issues with short-term memory, concentration, sensitivity and fatigue. She said that she can only go three hours at a time before needing a nap.

“It’s my brain,” she said. “It just has to recharge.”

Feeley averages a couple hundred dollars a year, meaning that she’s raised about $1,000 for the organization, which offers support and advocates for effective treatment. It helped her obtain a YMCA membership and pointed her to research and links to resources.

While she’s no longer able to work, Feeley said that the treatment she’s received has enabled her to maintain a fairly active lifestyle. She volunteers at a daycare and teaches chronic pain and disability workshops through Hamilton Health Sciences.

Having a positive attitude is key, she said.

“You can’t change it,” she said. “You might as well have a positive attitude, and that helps. You can sit around and feel sorry for yourself, or you can make the best of a bad situation.”



Event Details

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
36 Jefferson Crt. West, Welland, On