A GoFundMe site has been established for Kate Mund of Amagansett, a self-employed seamstress and single mother who was stricken last fall with a mystery illness that has left her confined to a wheelchair without full use of her feet and hands. Ms. Mund’s diagnosis is still uncertain, and she needs help with living and medical expenses.
The “Kate Mund Medical Fund” site can be found at: www.gofundme.com/ic6awc . Local fundraising events are also being planned.
In the fall, Ms. Mund began experiencing flu-like symptoms and was treated for them by her local doctor. When she began to experience weakness and lack of dexterity in her hands and legs, she was sent to a neurologist. When an MRI revealed a herniated disc in her neck, she underwent surgery for disc replacement and the insertion of a titanium brace, and was sent to a rehabilitation facility.
Her recovery did not go as expected, and she has been confined to a wheelchair. Just before Christmas, Ms. Mund was re-admitted to Stony Brook Hospital for more tests, and on Christmas Eve, she was diagnosed by one of her doctors with ALS, and was given a limited time to live. However, as she wrote in a message describing her ordeal, “We are not accepting their diagnosis for so many reasons I couldn’t possibly list them.”
Because severe tick-borne diseases can be mistaken for ALS and other ailments, Ms. Mund has scheduled appointments with her neurologist and with an infectious disease doctor specializing in tick-borne illness.
She has returned home and is feeling stronger. “My hope is to wake up from this nightmare and be able to return to life as it was before September, 2014,” she wrote in her message, in which she thanked all those concerned for their care and support.
Ms. Mund is a lifelong East Hampton resident whose late mother, Alice Mund, was a volunteer with the Ladies Village Improvement Society and whose late father, Henry Mund, was an East Hampton Town councilman and executive assistant to former New York State Assemblyman Perry Duryea. Her sister, Lauren Mund, has left her home and business out of state to provide her with the constant care she now requires.
They could use the help of the community. Donations may be made through the GoFundMe website, through the link above or by searching “Kate Mund Medical Fund,” or sent directly to Ms. Mund at P.O. Box 1798, Amagansett, N.Y. 11930.