Couple faces an uphill battle: Green faces long road to recovery from Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Submitted Photo LOOKING AHEAD: Last December, Chad and Jaimie Green shared Christmas, the first one in a new house, looking forward to the future. Two months later, Chad was unable to walk, a victim of severe Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis. Jaimie, 21, works as a bank teller. Chad, 25, was a reserve police officer and hospital security guard who wants to walk again and go back to work. Fellow officers are organizing a benefit dinner and auction for the Greens.

WORTHINGTON -- Officer Chad Green was on patrol on a Monday evening last February when he was dispatched to the scene of an accident on the highway south of Worthington near the "Flasher Light" junction.

A pickup truck had rolled over twice and landed upside down in the southbound lane of the highway. The driver was injured and an ambulance crew took him to the hospital.

A lot of people responded including deputies from the Greene County Sheriff's Department, officers from the Worthington Police Department (WPD), Greene County EMTs, first responders and firefighters from both Switz City and Worthington, along with Green, who was a reserve officer for the WPD at that time.

The truck was carrying a load of rabbit feed, and rabbits.

Green remembered, "There were rabbits scattered all over!"

Green helped with picking up the rabbit feed and as things wrapped up, headed back to his patrol car.

"I was walking across the highway going back to the car, when my feet started dragging," said Green.

Remembering that night, he said he would pick his feet up like normal, but his legs wouldn't lift high enough and his toes were dragging the pavement with each step. He didn't know why.

"It was embarrassing," said Green. "I didn't know what was going on."

He looked around to see if any of the other officers noticed that he wasn't walking right.

When both he and Deputy Marshal Don Richardson got back to the Worthington Police Department, Green told Richardson something wasn't right, he didn't feel good and he needed to go home.

That was the last night of patrol duty for Officer Green.

"When I woke up the next morning, I tried to get up. But I couldn't walk," said Green.

He has since been diagnosed with Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system.

Symptoms of MS may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another.

In Green's case, it hit him fast and it hit him hard. He's confined to a wheelchair.

About a week or so before working that accident scene, he'd been to the WalMart Vision Center for a checkup and everything was fine.

Four days later, he noticed his vision was getting blurry in one eye. He thought a high pressure weather system might be to blame but he went back to see the optometrist. He was told to see a specialist right away because one of his optic nerves was extremely swollen.

Visits to a neurologist followed along with MRIs on his spine and brain, tests, tests and more tests, infusions and injections.

For six months, Green was giving himself an injection of steroids every other day.

Over the last few months, there have been times when he felt like he was getting a little better then he would backslide.

Whenever he has been able to take a few steps, it's extremely difficult.

"It's like walking uphill through two feet of snow," said Green.

He's been in pain and extreme discomfort every day for months.

"It's like my hands are asleep and my joints are glued together," said Green.

His legs won't work, he can't move his toes, his ankles and his feet are asleep all the time and he has constant pain in his hands and wrists.

When looking at a checklist of various possible symptoms of MS, he can check all the boxes.

Green is only 25-years-old. He grew up in Cicero, the son of a Greene County native. He spent summers and weekends helping his grandpa on the family farm in Smith Township and loved every minute of it.

Green's wife, Jaimie, is 21-years-old. She grew up in Arcadia.

The two met in high school and married in July 2006.

Jaimie was a city girl but she too fell in love with life on the farm and in September 2006, they moved into a house next door to Green's grandmother on the farm.

By October, Jaimie had landed a job as a teller at the main branch of MainSource Bank in Linton, where she currently works full-time, and Chad became a reserve officer in Bloomfield.

In the summer of 2007, Green became a full-time officer with the Bloomfield Police Department.

Early in 2008, Green attended the police academy but came down sick with a viral infection and wasn't able to finish.

In March 2008, he started a full-time job as a security guard at Greene County General Hospital and also became a reserve officer in Worthington, which was an unpaid, volunteer position.

Green's regular schedule was to work about five hours for the WPD then go to the hospital in time to work the night shift.

The Greens have medical insurance but it doesn't cover all their expenses plus there's the loss of Chad's full-time income.

Besides financial distress, Green struggles every day to keep his chin up and maintain hope for the couple's future.

Jaimie has had to learn how to drive a fence post and toss out hay while her husband watches and feels helpless. On Tuesday, Green posted a picture on his Facebook page of Jaimie learning to drive a tractor.

He says she hasn't complained but it bothers him.

"I tell her all the time I'm sorry," said Green.

Early in October, Green started a new therapy that requires him to go to the Bloomington Infusion Center for an infusion of medication every 28 days.

"It's supposed to stop it -- put it in remission," said Green.

The cost of each infusion is over $7,000 and it's not known how long it might take before he sees results.

After the first infusion, Green reported his vision had improved but he still wasn't able to walk.

Faith, and a positive attitude, is said to help the healing process and Green has that. He believes the new treatments are going to work and that he is going to get back up on his feet again.

Suggestions that he might never be back up to par again, should just go on disability and collect a check every month don't sit well with Green.

"No. I want to go back to work. I want to go back to work at the hospital. I love what I'm doing, I love all the people I work with and I want to be a police officer. And I want to be able to take my wife out to dinner again," said Green.

The community is invited to a "Benefit Dinner for Chad Green" featuring an auction and a beans and cornbread dinner on Nov. 6 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. For more information, see the "Benefit Dinner for Chad Green" event page on Facebook or contact Officer Eric Floyd at 384-5909 or Officer Don Richardson at 798-1068.

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  • I hope things get better for you,I will say a prayer for you,and I hope alot of people will also pray for your recovery. I dont understand how the medical community could charge such an outrageous fee for something that is so important to your well being,they seem to be interested in the money alone. We need a better healthcare system,with some limits on what the medical field can charge.

    -- Posted by miner49 on Wed, Oct 21, 2009, at 10:34 PM
  • Everyone needs to come together and help support this young family. Pay it forward!!!!

    -- Posted by changeitup on Wed, Oct 21, 2009, at 10:53 PM
  • We pray for Chad and Jaimie during this long and frightening battle, but know the Lord is with you ALL the time to comfort and guide you both. Everything has a plan even though we as mortal humans may not think so. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3: Verses 5 & 6.

    -- Posted by luv-it-here on Wed, Oct 21, 2009, at 10:55 PM
  • Some of the best advice I have ever seen posted on this site. God does have a plan for each of us and I am sure he has a plan for you Chad and Jaimie also. Believe and trust in God and he will see you thru this. I hope you have given your life to him and will trust in him. I will pray for you, as prayer is the best answer. God bless both of you.

    -- Posted by hilltop on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 7:44 AM
  • I know Chad and Jaimie. You won't find a better, nicer young couple. Hopefully the community will get behind them. They have comitted themselves to this community and the community needs to commit themselves to Chad and Jaimie.

    -- Posted by Frankly Speaking on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 7:50 AM
  • I know Chad and Jaimie personally and the way Anna described them in this article is exactly the way they are. It is a well written article. Chad and Jaimie we are praying for you. Chad my dad was paralized at the age of 23 and he had a young wife and six girls I know some the feelings you described in the article was the same things I heard him say. I promise you Jaimie knows your heart and she isn't missing anything as long as you are by her side. That's how we felt. Hang in there and let those who love you (friends and family)help. Praying for you.

    -- Posted by Aug on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 9:38 AM
  • I too have MS (Secondary Progressive)and was diagnosed in 1999. After learning all I can about the disease, I realize that I have been dealing with it since 1980/81. I wasn't aware of it because at the time I lived in Alaska where frost bitten feet and fingers were common place, manifesting itself with pins and needles in the feet and hands. Now I know I never had frost bite. You may find a good resource via Hang in there and stay as positive as possible.

    My prayers are with you both. God does work miracles and He hears all of our prayers.

    -- Posted by sschwenker on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 11:34 AM
  • Although this sounds like a very proud couple, I think it would be great if someone could post a mailing address where funds could be sent to help with expenses.

    Then, if at some point, the funds aren't needed or wanted, I am sure they will let us know through the paper, etc....Let's not talk or write about helping this family, let's get to it.

    -- Posted by Gene Hall68 on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 1:16 PM
  • Donations can be made to the Worthington Police Department or Main Source Bank in Linton

    -- Posted by Aug on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 1:38 PM
  • Thank you all for the kind comments. Our family is very grateful for all that is being done to help. I wish to say Thank You in so many ways to all of those putting the upcoming event together.

    Anna, thank you for the article.

    I am very proud of my son and Jaimie, they are the answer to my prayers to be there on the family farm. God just answered my prayer a little different that I expected when I wanted him "back home on the farm".

    Thank you all again,

    Yes I am proud to say I am Chad's dad.

    -- Posted by gary g on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 1:57 PM
  • You are in my thoughts and prayers Chad. Prayers and strength from your friends and family at this time will help you get through this battle. Stay positive and take care of yourself. This benefit is a wonderful thing for this young couple.

    -- Posted by illinoisgirlLT on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 3:38 PM
  • gods blessings be with you always.. amen

    -- Posted by susie on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 4:10 PM
  • Stay positive and keep faith! God performs miracles everyday! The entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    -- Posted by MarshalGurl on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 4:58 PM
  • Yes we will pass on funds for sure, Chad and Jaimie are like that.

    -- Posted by gary g on Thu, Oct 22, 2009, at 10:32 PM
  • If you would like to make a donation, call the numbers listed in the article. You may also send any funds or articles to the below address:

    Worthington Police Department

    20 S. Commercial St. Suite #3

    Worthington, IN. 47471

    -- Posted by avenger on Fri, Oct 23, 2009, at 1:28 PM
  • Chad and Jaimie...Keep your heads up and your hearts together! You can make it through this together. I wish you both all the strength and love in the world during your healing time. God bless you both! I pray he will place his healing hands upon you both and guide you through this tough time. Chad...stay positive my are a great guy surrounded by a loving wife, family, and friends! You can and will get through this! Let us know if you ever need anything during this tough time...there's nothing any of us wouldn't do for you guys. Stay strong...keep your faith...and God bless!

    -- Posted by iNdePEnDeNt...thought on Fri, Oct 23, 2009, at 2:01 PM
  • Everyone Please Come!!! This family deserves alot of support especially from friends and family. Chad and Jaime are the 2 nicest people I know. Chad is one of my dearest friends. Chad keep your head up and your heart close to GOD. Remember we are here to help in anyway. I will see you both on Friday Nov. 6th. God Bless You both and Love Ya both. Mel

    -- Posted by melinda wolfe on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 6:39 PM
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