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John’s Story

Brittany was an angel on earth and now in heaven...John continues his courageous battle towards recovery.  Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.

Latest Journal Update

July 3rd, 2014- Final Post from the Family!

On Thursday 3 July, 2014 John Redman will graduate from the Outpatient Program at Pathways. This week John went through a final set of assessments and has been working with the team at Pathways to define his aftercare program. The date of John's graduation from Pathway seems ironic.John's release from this program is a symbol of his "independence" and it falls on the eve of the 'Independence of our country". Considering the circumstances John found himself in 9 weeks ago, it is very hard to imagine that he would be graduating by 4 July, 2014. Those who have witnessed John's journey over the last 9 weeks all agree that it appeared to be a true miracle. It was an incredible combination of great medical care, John's innate willpower, prayers, and divine intervention. John's short term plan is to return to Mobile for a couple of weeks to catch up with his family and a few personal matters before returning to the Dalton area.

John and Brittany's accident and the 9 weeks since have deeply impacted the lives of many people. For the families of John and Brittany, it has changed them forever. They currently find themselves in an awkward spot. One one hand, there is a great deal of joy and celebration around John and his recovery and at the same time, there is a great deal of mourning and sadness around the loss of Brittany. The families have decided that it is important to do both. They are learning that it is possible to experience both sets of emotions and while it seems confusing at times, it is what is needed. The families of John and Brittany have been overwhelmed by the cards, visitors,and communications they have received over the last 9 weeks. The amount of love, encouragement, support, and prayers that came in from around the world was staggering and has left them all eternally grateful. 

 Special thanks go out to The Staff at Grady Memorial, The Staff at The Shepherd Center, and The Staff at The Pathways Center. All three of these world class teams provided John and his family with care, hope and love that John and his family will never forget. Special thanks also go out to the Students, Faculty, Alumni and Communities of Dalton State, City Park Elementary, and Spring Hill University . The outpouring of love and support has been amazing. 

 The Families of John and Brittany would also like to recognize Coach Tony and Jeanne Ingle and Derek Waugh who have provided great love, support and assistance over the last nine weeks. They would also like to thank all of the people around the world who have kept them in their thoughts and prayers. 

 Thanks to the Hubers for their incredible ability to lend love, comfort and compassion to John and his family during what can only be described as an unimaginably difficult time. 

Thanks also to the thousands of people whofollowed the Caring Bridge site.

 The last 9 weeks was a stark reminder of how fragile life can be and has reminded us all of the importance of our faith, family and friends .Please keep John and the families of Brittany in your prayers in the days ahead.

In closing here is one of John and Brittany's favorite prayers.....

 THE LORDS PRAYER

Our Father, who are in Heaven

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread

And forgive us from trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the Kingdom, Power and Glory

For ever and ever......

Amen





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Mary Clark
By Aunt Mary and Uncle Dee
Amen and Amen. Medicine, miracles, and Devine Intervention. You said it all Derek!!! Praise God for John`s miracle.
Carmen Evans
By Carmen Evans
I can only say that many people stopped to help and to pray for you and Brittany the day of the incident. The presence of God was felt there and my heart and my life was certainly touched by two young people who are loved by many.
Carmen Evans
By Carmen Evans
John: Every time I give a class you are the person that each student hears about. An unusual set of circumstances came together to assure your eventual full recovery. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers daily.
Lynn Walker
By Lynn Walker — last edited
Praising the Lord with you for John's recovery while praying for John, John's family and Brittany's family. God bless you all with His peace, comfort and strength now and in the future. (I had the privilege to be introduced to John & Brittany by my daughter-in-law, Natima, after a DSC basketball. I could tell they were a special couple after I met them.) Thank you to those who made sure that we were kept up-to-date on John's progress while it also reminded us to continue to pray for Brittany's family.