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Chris’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Chris's progress.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.

On Sunday afternoon (8-8-10 @ 5pm), Chris sustained an injury that fractured the C4 and C5 vertebrae in his neck.  He was airlifted to Methodist Hospital (Neuro Critical Care Unit) in Indianapolis.  On Monday (8-9-10) at 2pm, Chris underwent surgery for 3-4 hours to fuse together the broken vertabrae and to stablize them from causing any further damage.  At the moment, Chris is mostly unable to move from the shoulders down. However, he has been able to move his right big toe and make his right arm muscles twitch. Also, he's been able to feel touch, tingling, and hot and cold from the beginning. He never blacked out nor did he sustain any kind of head injury. He has been alert and himself the whole time (unless medicated for pain or surgery). As one might expect, he is emotional and trying to process the whole thing, but he's fighting like a champ to stay positive. This is a critical time for his family and friends to rally around him and give him our full support.  Chris is currently at the Rehabilition Hospital of Indianapolis (38th and I-465 on the westside). Having visitors really uplifts his spirits.  The best time to visit Chris is between 6-9pm during the weekdays or anytime on Saturday or Sunday.    Please check the "Journal" section of Chris' profile for the latest developments !! 

Please be in prayer for Chris !!

If you'd like to speak with someone, feel free to contact me (Justin Davis) at 317-612-4737 or his mother (Monice).

Latest Journal Update

Chris looks back - five years post injury

Another 8th of August: Five Years Later

Five years is a long time to live in a broken body.
It's a long time to live with the pain of a permanently dislocated shoulder, muscle fibers wound as tight as rubber bands, plummeting blood pressure, and constant exhaustion.
I'm beginning to forget what it was like to have two arms, or to take a step without needing complete concentration.  It's hard to remember what textures and temperatures felt like on my skin, or what it was like to take a full breath of air, and have a properly functioning bladder.
I'm grateful for the recovery I've made, and thankful that I escaped a life of total paralysis.  Five years ago, that existence seemed like a real possibility. Many people that are hurt aren't as fortunate.  I remind myself of that everyday.
Nevertheless, there are times when nostalgia hits.  Sometimes it's difficult to see pictures or video of myself before the accident, and sometimes I struggle with the realization that the man I once was and the life I could have lived is gone forever.
Before my injury, I empathized with people who were disabled, but never thought I would one day become one of them. Those are the types of things that happen to other people. Not me.  Not in the prime of my life. 
I still remember everything about August 8, 2010.  Every year all the memories of that day flood back.  I remember waking up early and going to the gym, excited for the kayak trip that was planned later in the day.  I remember picking up my friend Markus at his apartment on the way to southern Indiana and wrestling with his dog in the living room before we left. I remember meeting our friend Justin at the campground, I remember the bus ride to the launch site, and what an amazing day it was on the river. 
I remember approaching the 50 foot truss bridge on the kayaks, and I remember climbing up the narrow beam that towered above the river - the last act of physical strength I would ever perform.
It's impossible for me to forget what it was like to be a total quadriplegic.  Memories of being a floating head on a pillow will never fade.  I'll never forget what it was like to have a machine breathe for me, a team of individuals feed, bathe, and dress me, and what it was like needing a blow-tube to communicate with nurses.  I'll never forget the fear that those experiences may be a part of my everyday life forever.
I try not to dwell, but on the 8th of August, I allow it.  This day is a reminder of my past, but also signifies what my family and I have overcome, and what we are trying so hard to build with NeuroHope.
I've learned that when forced to adapt to a seemingly impossible set of circumstances, no matter the context, it's up to us to find new meaning, and new purpose.  As the years go by and I travel farther away from the able-bodied person I once was, I hope my purpose becomes clear.
Embrace your abilities. Embrace your physicality.  Embrace your strength and the life you live.
In one fleeting moment, it could all be taken away.




Cheryl Markey
By Cheryl Markey
It's unbelievable how you have been tested Chris. When I saw you in the first rehab center, I really did not hold out much hope for the recovery you have had. How could I tell my dear friend, your mother. I put on a happy face and relayed a story about Keith, my ex-husband who had a similar injury, just two different cervical disks and the recovery he had. He became a very accomplished orthopedic surgeon. He was at the end of his residency when it happened. Your case was worse, he at least had some feeling in all extremities but it was a long haul. Nothing like you and your dedicated family traveled. Your mom gave up everything and your parents fought the insurance companies, people who cared for you helped and thousands of prayers went to heaven. I know sacrifices were made by all and you decided to get through the difficult times with the best results possible. Your determination and hard work paid off. You now have opened up the possibility for others to reach the goals you set for yourself. No one would have wished this for you, Chris but God works in mysterious ways and if you have the character and fiber that you have shown you can make a difference in the world. You are truly a blessing. I am in admiration of you and your family. God bless you and your endeavors.
Anthony Pinzone
By Anthony Pinzone (aka PZ)
Keep you in my thoughts sir. First visited this site from a link posted on Phinfever shortly after the accident first happened. I try to follow your progress the best I can, and I keep you in the back of my head always. You've done great things and have been an inspiration to so many people, more than you can probably grasp.

I'm sure the improvements to our Phins are helping your mood. They're really looking good out there! Hopefully you can join the Twittersphere soon (if you haven't already) and we can share some Dolphins stories. Enjoy this season, and continued success in your recovery. Best of luck!!