Pie in the Sky Founder Returns After Sudden Illness
In February of 2018, the founder and director of Pie in the Sky, Malea Guiriba was not feeling well. She was attending a Valentine's Day party at Southern Villas, apartment complex for seniors and she just wasn't feeling herself, despite all of the festivities. Four days later she was hospitalized, paralyzed from the chest down with a rare condition known as GBS or Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. She spent six weeks in the hospital and six months in outpatient rehab learning to walk again. But on May 8, she returned to her beloved program, albeit still in a wheelchair, but happy to see the seniors she loves. Besides seeing all the people again, the best part of the experience, Guiriba said, "was the Pie board and the program manager, Phyllis, who kept everything running and never skipped a beat. I could not be more proud."