May 5, 2014 6:01 PM by Janine Reyes
PORTLAND - The young woman shot and left for dead in a Portland park is still on a long road to recovery from problems she faces behind the scars.
It's been nearly two years now since the attack critically wounded Kristene Chapa and killed her girlfriend, Mollie Olgin.
Now, Chapa is raising money for an experimental therapy that could help her regain control of her left arm. The shooting left her unable to do much with it.
It happened at the Violet Andrews Park in Portland, a normally peaceful park, a big draw for kite boarders, and nature walkers, now messages of love and loss fill a boardwalk overlook.
June 22, 2012 is a day Chapa tries to force out of her memory. "It's hard, I carry the scars around and what's wrong with my body, I know, that that's the reason I'm this way," Chapa said.
The shooting left her with vision and mobility problems. Physical therapy is only helping so much, so the next step is experimental treatment in Houston. The therapy includes a machine that sends impulses to her hand.
"It moves my fingers and hands for me and it sends electrical shocks through the skin and it moves the muscles and it reminds the brain the usage in there," Chapa said.
"I'm not able to write, I can tighten my hand, but I can't open it up and its very frustrating being one handed," Chapa explained.
Kristene's working on writing a book right now and plans to one day become an occupational therapist, counselor or inspirational speaker.
She's focuses on the positive every day. "I'm very grateful I'm still here," Chapa said, "it actually made my family closer together, me almost dying and stuff, it's hard."
From time to time, Kristene does visit the spot where her life forever changed. There are messages written to her dear friend Molly and while it's difficult for her to be out there, it also brings her a sense of peace.
"It kind of makes me feel closer to her, I guess since it was the last time I saw her, so its not so much painful," Chapa explained.
The treatment Kristene is seeking is a six week program. Her aunt has set up a go fund me account to help her family pay for the treatment and other expenses.
This case remains unsolved, in fact, detectives hope to identify the person of interest in the case as early as next week.
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