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Latest Journal Update
Hello everyone. This is Payne typing this one. I am blown away by the crazy amount of people there are that would read these posts every day during my lengthy hospital stay. In addition, many of you that continued to read these posts even though I am back to school and functioning well enough to live a long, happy life. This may sound cliché, but it really shows me just how many caring and loving people there are in this world. A large number of you I have never even met, yet you continue to care deeply for me through my recovery.
As I said in my most recent speech, this recovery has not been easy. I have had to spend hour upon hour doing exercises in an attempt to regain my lost abilities. Now I say “attempt” because, like my therapist has told me, whether I will be able to run again is not a guarantee, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working hard. Hard work will certainly improve my odds of regaining these skills. At a recent basketball practice, my coach asked us to write a motivational quote on a card that will be given to youth basketball players on Wee Eagles’ night. What I wrote down was, “Improvement doesn’t happen just because you wish it to happen, it comes from hard work and determination.”
I fully understand the realities that could possibly be in front of me, but it doesn’t bother me because I believe that God has a plan for everything and it is a much better plan than anything I could ever dream up. Many people have asked me how I have been able to stay so positive through this whole ordeal. This is a direct result of the faith I have that through God’s plan, I will be able to achieve great things in my life and my journey will inspire others along the way.
A year ago, I was scheduled to go on an overnight visit to Trine University, but because of my accident this plan was postponed. Finally, I will be making that visit on February16. This fall I plan on going to a small school to major in biomedical engineering.
So to end this post I just want to say again how thankful I am for the incredible support I have received from all of you. The prayers that many of you have prayed for me is very much appreciated. Because of the support from all of you, the Play4Payne Foundation was established. This is just one example of a positive result of such a terrible accident. The website for the foundation is www.play4payne.org. We will continue posting on Caring Bridge every now and then to mark any major milestones that I may reach.