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  • MedStar NRH Gala Victory Awards

    Written Oct 31, 2013 1:12pm by Suzanne Laboy

    My husband pointed out to me one day while at therapy a wall of Victory. It has photos of those who have been honored with an award because of their inspiring and unbelievable stories of overcoming traumatic life events. The dinner is also a benefit for the National Center for Brain Injury and Stroke rehabilitation and research at MedStar NRH. With Tammy and Victor by our side, we attended the dinner last night at the Omni Hotel in DC. What a spectacular event. We sat and visited with some amazing people, got to hear their stories and how they were affiliated with NRH, two were previous patients. We witnessed 3 amazing honoree's receive their award and hear their story of survival. It was such an inspirational evening and a great reason to get dressed up and have a night out. I got the chance to speak to another spouse caregiver who gave me words of encouragement, telling me to continue to move forward, understanding my world like no other. It meant a lot to both of us to be surrounded by people who have gone through what we have and continue to do an amazing job growing and pushing through any obstacles that may get in the way. MedStar NRH continues to be a second home while Peter still receives therapy 3 days a week. The staff there continue to move mountains daily giving hope and inspiration to the injured and their families while getting us back on a new road, a new normal, a new chapter in our book of life.

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  • One step forward, two steps back

    Written Oct 13, 2013 10:57am by Suzanne Laboy

    I'm resending. The first one didn't go through. Have a great Sunday

    Oct 12, 2013 4:39 PM
    Peter was able to attend a conference in SC this week. It's a hostage negotiation conference his team attends every year. It was a great week for him, seeing many friends and coworkers as well as participating in work related discussions. I would say it was very successful, until I got the phone call. Yesterday while waiting at the airport to board his flight home, he had a seizure and was transported to the local trauma center in Myrtle Beach. Thank GOD for Jill, the friend he was with and for the family that I have in SC and in Va. Within 1 hour, I was packed and headed to airport while Tammy grabbed the kids for "sleepover at Tia's". I boarded a plane and made it to him as soon as I could. The tests came back "ok" and they increased his seizure meds. We will follow up with his docs when we get back to Virginia. Once again, he doesn't remember a thing, but the quarter size abrasion on his forehead from the fall tells it all. I know this is common for Traumatic Brain Injury but doesn't make it any easier. Please keep praying for him to heal and pray for strength for me. I say this because a lot of my friends and family ask specifically what to pray for. With those two things, one can never be wrong. Thanks you for the support and love! We love you all back!

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  • One step forward, two steps back

    Written Oct 12, 2013 3:39pm by Suzanne Laboy

    Peter was able to attend a conference in SC this week. It's a hostage negotiation conference his team attends every year. It was a great week for him, seeing many friends and coworkers as well as participating in work related discussions. I would say it was very successful, until I got the phone call. Yesterday while waiting at the airport to board his flight home, he had a seizure and was transported to the local trauma center in Myrtle Beach. Thank GOD for Jill, the friend he was with and for the family that I have in SC and in Va. Within 1 hour, I was packed and headed to airport while Tammy grabbed the kids for "sleepover at Tia's". I boarded a plane and made it to him as soon as I could. The tests came back "ok" and they increased his seizure meds. We will follow up with his docs when we get back to Virginia. Once again, he doesn't remember a thing, but the quarter size abrasion on his forehead from the fall tells it all. I know this is common for Traumatic Brain Injury but doesn't make it any easier. Please keep praying for him to heal and pray for strength for me. I say this because a lot of my friends and family ask specifically what to pray for. With those two things, one can never be wrong. Thanks you for the support and love! We love you all back!

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