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Well tomorrow is the ninth anniversary of John's injury. How time flies. It's been 9 years of many ups and downs but many more miracles. John continues to amaze everyone. He is in a very good place, mostly all good days now. He is happy, positive and confident. He continues to go to therapy 3 days a week. He is now in his own 3 bedroom home on our property. He does still require supervision and structure but we try to give him as much independence as safely possible. He will never be able to drive, hold down a job, handle his own finances or live completely on his own but I think he has accepted those deficits and has carved out a life he is mostly content with. He is funny, healthy, happy and always loves to make others laugh. He is compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic to his fellow injured servicemen and women. He is nothing like the man I struggled to care for in the years of 2006-2009. A man at that time was suicidal, destructive, bitter, angry and hateful. There are a lot of people that thankfully entered our lives at various times that helped us immensely. People that without, I know John would be dead by now. People that saved both our lives. Cheryl Lynch with AVBI and fellow mother/caregiver to her injured son Chris, Dr. David Williamson of Bethesda Naval Hospital, Dr. Steven Scott at the Tampa VA and many nurses and therapists.
John and I have a wonderful new family that we are part of, My husband Matt and his sons, mainly the 2 youngest ones, Matthew and Mason who accept John for how he is and love him and care about him. Matt who is an understanding, caring and loving father to John and treats John as one of his own. A godsend. We have come such a long way......proof that perseverance and waiting on GOD can make all the difference in one's life. We feel complete.
Happy Alive Day John! You continue to inspire others and bring love and laughter.