I recently asked her parents Kevin and DeAnne to write up something about Genny to share here. Here is from her father Kevin Shepler who I might add is amazing. And can't e Wait to get the chance to meet him in person LOL Genny....hmmm..Genny is smart, I mean real smart. She tested in the top 98% in her state testing. She has to be the best at everything but doesn't let anyone know its a competition, so she has a better chance of winning. She is aggressive in everything that she does which is why I believe she is so fitting For hockey. She is always....almost always happy. She isusually smiling which is why u keep saying innapropriate things in her hospital room. ...I love to see her smile.. she is giving but wont hesitate to take. Sheblightens up everyone's day just by showing up. She is beautiful and she knows it, but gives all credit for.her beauty to GOD and her mom. She knows how to be naughty and not get Dad mad at her. She knows if I laugh then I can't yell at her for it. So she makes sure that whatever she is doing naughty to make it funny as hell. She is a manipulator so you have to stay on top of her. She is the kind of little girl who cansteal yourheart the Minutes you see her...trust me I know. She didn't like me to much until her mother went to work a year and a half ago. And hen she was forced to like me. Now I think she really loves me. She gives me backrubs all the time and is not afraid to rub my feet either. She has the will of a jackass. When she first moved in with me after DeAnnes accident shebwas two yearsbold and still in diapers. I was displeased this since both my kids were potty trained by the time they were one. Ivdidnt have to do a thing either the both just immitated what they saw. In fact I one time caught my daughter peeing standing up after she was living with her brother and I. Guess she thought cool ill give it a shot too. Anyway I finally took Genny to the bathroom one Saturday afternoon and sat her on the toilet. I told her she was not getting up till she pee pee on the toilet like everyone else in the house. Two hours of running the sink and the bathtub, and soaking her hand in warm water, and aqurting water towards her privates to prime the pump. She finally did it and one week later lost he nighttime diaper and never went back.....till July 30, 2012. Now she's pissed anytime I say anything about her diaper so I'm considering taking one home one night and coming.into her room the next morning and showing her dads new pink disposable undies just so she can make fun of me.like I said I love to see her smile. Everything she wants to do she picks up on real fast. And she thrives to be the best at everything she does. She has the trophies (which they don't just hand out in hockey) and the presidential fitness award. (Only girl in her grade at school to reciev it) and game winning pucks to prove it. Added thing in there not sure if he wanted it added but I feel it needs to be... sorry Kevin. And I do agree with it as well... LOL My babies are not perfect. But they are everything to me. Oh yea and DeAnnes babies are MY babies. I don't know Marc at all but I am glad he made the choices he made because I wouldn't have the family I have now if he didn't. If you ever run into him lethim know I said "thanks....and you are really behind on your child support.!!! " I'm not wanting to insult anyone or put anyone down I'm this.statement but I wanted to show just what kind of person Kevin is and what type of FATHER he is as well. In my opinion and it is mine he is amazing and has doneso many wonderful things for this family. He stepped up and in and has been a blessing. Thank you Kevin foreverything you do.
It's been a year
Jul 29, 2013 6:05pmIt's been one hell of a year. Sorry for the language but it is truly the only word that really fits. Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Genny's accident and the start of the beginning of the longest year of my life. We are going back to the falls tomorrow, with friends and loved ones in tow. To bring Genny back to the place that changed her life forever and to give her the chance that many people haven't gotten. To go back and say, "you didn't beat me". She is still here and getting stronger every day. She has been discharged from speech and occupational therapy and has just 3 sessions left before physical therapy sends her packing too. She is going to school full time and is doing rather well too. (3 A's on the last report card). She's made lots of great new friends along the way too. I know we've all heard that old saying that everything happens for a reason. The accident sucked. It sucks that my baby has had to go through all this but its becoming clear. So many amazing things have happened since then. I am able to go out and share her story and show people that miracles do happen. It has restored faith for a lot of people. Some of Genny's dreams have come true, via some awesome people at Boston University. We got to see the Stanley Cup. Genny was the grand marshal of our local parade this July. We became part of an amazing community. I am still having trouble sleeping though. My husband and I are constantly worrying about her health and safety. I want to put her in a bubble and keep her from ever getting hurt again. Sometimes when I am driving to work I get a flash image of her in the coma and I want to break down and cry again. She's come so far and has just amazed every medical professional she's met, its hard to believe that was even a reality at one point. We've really been through the ringers this year. We still have a long road ahead, Genny has not been cleared to skate yet but is getting the control over her balance that she needs. She will get back out there soon, and I know she will continue to work hard and get her life back. I know that she is going to do amazing things with her life. I can't wait to see what that is. Thank you all for the support and love you've given us on this journey. I imagine this will be the last post. It ties it up nicely right? They told us to expect at least a year of recovery and that's where we are at. It's nice to be getting back to normal.
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