Ahh, Kathy, I am unsure what happened here with Dusty. I deactivated my account with all intentions to leave, I did not delete it. When you delete the account, it is gone. One would have to begin again under a new profile. If Dusty had simply deactivated her account, that would be an easy fix, but sounds like it has been deleted. If the account can be retrieved, it would definitely be through Medium Staff only.
I am sorry. I wish I had more to contribute to this.