CaringBridge Is Funded by People Like You
Honor Payne with a tax-deductible contribution to CaringBridge today.
Latest Journal Update
Hello everyone, this is Payne’s older sister, Shelby. As we are approaching a year since the accident, I thought it was time that I post and reflect on how I have experienced this past year. I was away at college when I received the frantic, early morning call from my mom telling me that my little brother was in a car accident and was being CareFlighted to the hospital.That was all she could tell me. As you could imagine, I was in shock and immediately pictured the absolute worst. I had my roommate drive me to Dayton,as I was too much of an emotional wreck to be behind the wheel, and I learned about Payne’s current state. January 19th, 2014 is a day I will never forget. Even though that was the worst day I have ever experienced, everything changed that day. Thankful is the one word that comes to mind as I think about this year.
First of all, I am so thankful for God and how he has looked after my brother. Payne might not be here today without Him and all the prayers that were sent his way. I am beyond grateful for all of you who were sosupportive and for praying for Payne through his whole journey. I am confident that God has been watching over my brother through every step of his hard work and tremendous progress. He has overcome the odds and I know his faith has played a huge role in that. Through it all, I have become a more spiritual person. The experience my family has faced was a reminder to always trust God and the plan that he has for us.
I am thankful for all of you reading this and the many more who have helped my family this past year. We could not have stayed so positive and hopeful without the support from our loved ones, friends, and even strangers reaching out. It meant so much knowing that people cared so much about Payne. I greatly appreciate all of the kind words, prayers, and simple gestures that made this whole journey a little easier.
Finally, I am thankful for my family. Payne’s accident and the events that followed reminded me how blessed I am to have parents and grandparents like mine. Just like they always have, my grandparents continued to give amazing love and support, especially towards my brother. I also cannot even express how thankful I am to have parents who love my brother and me so much. They have done absolutely everything in their power to help Payne progress and get back to how he was before the accident. I know that my mom and dad would do anything for us and I have finally realized just how lucky I am. Lastly, I am thankful for my brother. I am so proud to have Payne as a younger sibling. His hard work and positive attitude has inspired me in so many ways. I truly want to be a better person because of my brother. After going through what he did, I really do not know how he does it all. Payne’s progress amazes me every day and I do not know what I would have done if I would have lost him that day.
Once again, I am truly and beyond grateful for this past year. I can’t wait to see what else Payne accomplishes as he enters his second year after his accident! I know he will inspire a lot of people one day as he already done this year!