Kylie Doniak's Journal
Written Jun 11, 2012 9:33am by Alyssa DoniakPsalm 36:9-10"For you are the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Oh continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!"Hello everyone!First off, my family and I want to extend an enormous thank you to all of the college coaches who participated in the Coaches for Kylie Camp last weekend. It was an amazing turnout and we can not believe how many coaches donated their precious time to help out Kylie and my family. There really are no words, and I know that these actions are the result of prayer and faith! We are overwhelmed with gratitude toward everyone who put this event on - Steve and Kathy Hoffman, Cal South, Ramon Reid, and Neil McGuire. We are the new biggest fans of the University of Washington, Fresno State, Saint Mary's, Cal, :)Kylie is making small improvements here and there, but it has been a plateau for awhile now. She is walking, but has a lot of difficulty with strength, endurance, and balance. Her knee still causes her extreme pain and frequently inhibits her ability to get stronger physically. Mentally, Kylie still has severe short term memory loss which makes learning new tasks almost impossible. We are working on her memory and cognitive functions every day. The higher 'executive' functions of the brain, such as her emotions and her ability to filter what she should and shouldn't say, are impaired. It is difficult for her to self monitor, focus, not get distracted, and she is very impulsive.When she is challenged physically or mentally, she lashes out with negative comments and excuses. It is very hard to see because it is so opposite of her usual personality. She is uncomfortable talking to people on the phone because she can't remember and doesn't know things (or so she thinks) so she can't really keep a conversation going, and she knows that. Most of the time, she is aware that she doesn't know stuff and she feels bad she has to ask so many questions over and over again.She does know what happened to her from what we've told her, but does not remember the accident. This past week she spent a lot of time trying to get a grip on the enormity of what happened to her and why. She did ask about who did this and hoped that he was jail because 'clearly he was a bad driver and shouldn't be allowed to drive again and hurt someone' (Kylie's words). She will do almost anything we ask, go anywhere with us, and is so glad to be safe and at home. She constantly asks if she should get a job and is always willing to help out around the house.Continue to pray for her short term memory to be restored, for her to handle frustration and challenges better to benefit her. Pray for my family's strength and patience, as always, and pray that God keeps healing Kylie and using us for His will. Thank you all!!!
A HUGE Thank You
Written May 16, 2012 9:43am by Alyssa DoniakMy family and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped out on Saturday at the Kickin It For Kylie event. It was such a success and Kylie even got to come out and see everyone. I can't believe how many people stepped up to help our family when we definitely needed it most. Words really cannot express how amazed and grateful we are at everyone's generosity with their time and resources. It was such a fun day of soccer and conversations; I know my family and I will never, EVER forget that day.Kylie keeps looking at the pictures and the booklet that was made for her and saying, "I can't believe how many people I have impacted!" We keep telling her, "Ky, you have no idea." :)A special thank you to Ashley and Cynthia Fernando, Maddie Gougeon, the Pabigian family, the Carter family, and the Wright family. We know this event could not have happened without you all and we are forever grateful. We just love and appreciate everyone who donated their time and resources so much!!!!Proverbs 11:25"The one who blesses others abundantly is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped."
Wednesday Week 13
Written May 9, 2012 9:42am by Alyssa DoniakMan says 'Show me and I'll trust you'. God says 'Trust me and I'll show you.'Hello everyone!I am sorry that it has been so long since I have last written! As you can imagine, having Kylie home is a full time job. She is doing so great, though, and we are very happy to have her home. She is walking around without her cane all the time now. Her knee is still bothering her, so keep praying for her knee to get stronger and for her balance to become better and better. She had an X-Ray last week and the doctor said her broken leg was healing nicely, but they will probably never be able to repair her ACL again. We are focusing on pain management and strength exercises for now.She says our prayer at dinner every night and I don't think there has been one night where my family and I weren't completely blown away by her words. She just knows exactly what to say to God and thanks him profusely for everything we have been blessed with. It is truly amazing! She told us last night that she was so happy that she could be used by God to bring people to Him. I was speechless (and teared up of course).Keep praying for her clarity because she still is very confused a lot and she repeats questions over and over all day. :) She is starting to know some of the answers, but we have to prompt her and remind her that she knows. Pray for my family to have patience as we try and answer her questions in the best ways to help her remember and understand.My family and I want to say a huge thank you for all your continued support through this crazy journey. We have been so blessed to receive so much love from the community and our friends; it is unbelievable. The dinners that people have been bringing to us have been delicious and I know that we can't even express how grateful we are for everyone's help. Sometimes the help even comes from people we don't know, which just shows how powerful God can be sometimes!Keep praying and keep loving on us as we continue toward Kylie's full recovery! I know God is just working His plan in us and in all of the people who have been joining us on this amazing journey.Reminder: This Saturday, May 12th, there will be a soccer tournament for Kylie at Ayala High School put on by some of our former soccer teammates. There is a website on Facebook about it called Kickin' it for Kylie. Please come out and support her by playing or just by hanging out and having fun! :)