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Jane Morton
Jane
I continue to be dumbfounded each time I see the progress Spencer has made in such remarkable ways. There is a young man managing that challenging walk with such sureness and such pride in all he has accomplished. Pretty soon there will be dancing at a prom and walking up stairs and across the stage at graduation.....even more to be proud of!

Big grins all around!
Katrina Goldsmith
Katrina Goldsmith
Celia and Spencer-
Thank you for your beautiful and eloquent reminder of your complicated journey these past four years.  I am so sure that I will one day be buying a best-selling book written by the two of you!  I'm grateful to both of you for the way you have shown the rest of us what is possible.  I wouldn't dare believe I could do it myself, but you have really stretched my understanding of the magnitude of love, tenacity, and endurance that we humans might be capable of.  

With love,
Katrina, Chris, Sam, and Georgia
Kaye Hentschke
Kaye

I am admitting that I am at a loss, trying to response in a meaningful way to you. So much has happened these last paradigm-shifting last four years.  So much of the reality we knew then, before the accident, is now irrelevant.  Yet so much, as we reflect, is now profound & important.

Upon reflection of those first 4 months, I have been wrestling with how to respond to you, and Spencer, and the ordeal your family has been faced with, endured, and overcome.  Your achingly tragic first days, in the grip of trauma, confusion, medical intervention, treatment choices, overload of information and separated locations of family was a seemingly insurmountable rift.  You, Spencer and your whole family showing themselves as a united force of nature that would, painstakingly, overcome each and every obstacle.

 You, Spencer, and your family have gone about your day, and we have been the wealthy recipients of your astounding courage in the face of every adversity.  We have learned dignity in the face of adversity from you, perseverance from your dedication, strength from your day-by-day conquests,and what it means to be truly courageous, as well as humility and patience.  Oh, and we have absolutely rejoiced in your triumphs.

 Celia, if I could have waved a magic wand and taken away the heartbreak you as a mother and Spencer, as someone whose life-shift this was unexpectedly thrust upon, I want you to know:  I .Would. Have.   

You & Spencer have been a beacon of fortitude, plowing head against insurmountable odds.  I cherish every small-minded negative declaration by the experts that resulted in Spencer’s triumphs.  I love you all and am in awe of Spencer’s daily victories.   Spencer has come closer to his fate than any child should ever have to endure and has revealed, time & again to be the true definition of a champion.  I am truly, completely sorry for all you had to face this fricking challenge. But you have stared down the demon head-on.  Into the fray you went and out of the fire you emerge; bloodied, forever changed, but somehow, THRIVING.  

The limits of my imagination are the only thing limiting Spencer 's choices for his future.  Celia, you have embodied what it means to be a Caregiver.

Love you muchly,

Kaye 






Doan Hohmeyer
Doan

Celia,

What a beautifully written reflection on your family's past four years. Like Nina and Chelsea, I too have read all of your posts on CaringBridge starting back just a few days after Spencer's accident. Your eloquence about your family's remarkable journey and life's lessons has captivated us all.

Each year has brought steady, maybe even exponential growth to Spencer's capabilities. It warms my heart to see all of the progress Spencer has made towards independence. Last year I witnessed firsthand Spencer walking entirely on his own, answering the front door while standing, walking down the stairs in front of your home, pulling computer cables from under his computer desk...I was blown away at how much progress he's made.

I remember all of the hard work and painful waiting for the adaptations to his car to be finished. I vividly remember the day you informed us all of Spencer passing his driving exam last year. Now he has an automobile that he can drive to school on his own, run errands for the family, and venture out to a friend’s home… no caregivers needed.

I've been to numerous water events with Spencer but the Swim Mike event last year stands out in my memory: him jumping into the water without a life jacket, and working his way across the pool with friends and family cheering him on. Those original doctors are eating their words: "never" is not in Spencer's vocabulary!

Yes it may seem like the results have been, well, miraculous. But I think it has more to do with your positive attitude and persistence. You are setting a wonderful example for your children and all of us that are lucky enough to know you. I see those wonderful traits in Spencer every time we meet.

I look forward to reading your next entry and will continue to support Spencer in all his efforts towards independence in any way that I can.

Nina Stewart
Nina Stewart
Celia:

This if for YOU!!! Your writing and documentation of all that you (& Spencer, Ruby & family) have been through ought to be published!  I have read, and reread, your prose and I have cried big tears.  You are to be commended for your amazing courageous spirit, your limitless love of friends and family, your tenacity, your absolutely, positively unwillingness to ever give up your quest to support Spencer to live not only a fulfilling life, but a life filled with unlimited possibilities.  Since day one, four years ago, I have followed your writings and have taken my hat off to you more times than you could imagine and never knew that I was doing so.  You flabbergast me, you astonish me, you make me want to be a better person, you inspire me, you lift me up when you do not even know you are doing so.  Thank you from a kindred spirit who loves and appreciates you from afar and who always keeps up with the latest in your lives (and Dane's) because Heather McGraw Lopez is my best friend for which I am blessed beyond words.  I love you, Celia, and I trust this little message tucks deeply into your heart of hearts.  Bless you, bless you, bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chelsea McGraw
Chelsea McGraw
I take a long, deep sigh, with misty eyes and a full heart. It is one thing to confront an oncoming avalanche and declare that this challenge will be surmounted. To stand on the other side, recognize all that has been required and all that has been done to get here, can bring you to your knees with awe and gratitude. Thank you Celia for chronicling this harrowing and uplifting passage. Because of your eloquence and devotion we have been given access to share in Spencer's and your struggle. We can feel that we had a means to be of value in getting through this with you. Because of your generosity in including each of us in what could have imploded another family, we have been able to share both the burden and the gift of Spencer's Miracle. Fate can be what happens in life. Destiny is what you do when Fate takes you in its grip. In that fire, character is forged. Those of us who could take any part of this journey with you are blessed. Words are inadequate. With you, we rejoice in this moment of reflection. the future is bright. With what has been gained though this odyessy, all dreams are on their way to coming true. Thank you! The adventure has just begun!
Doan Hohmeyer
Doan
Spencer,

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog Mojo. I'll always remember how happy he was when he was by your side. He was your dog, but you were his human. Take your time to mourn the loss, as it is a significant one.

If you ever need someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to ask me.

With sympathy,
Jane Morton
Jane
I continue to be dumbfounded each time I see the progress Spencer has made in such remarkable ways. There is a young man managing that challenging walk with such sureness and such pride in all he has accomplished. Pretty soon there will be dancing at a prom and walking up stairs and across the stage at graduation.....even more to be proud of!

Big grins all around!
Katrina Goldsmith
Katrina Goldsmith
Celia and Spencer-
Thank you for your beautiful and eloquent reminder of your complicated journey these past four years.  I am so sure that I will one day be buying a best-selling book written by the two of you!  I'm grateful to both of you for the way you have shown the rest of us what is possible.  I wouldn't dare believe I could do it myself, but you have really stretched my understanding of the magnitude of love, tenacity, and endurance that we humans might be capable of.  

With love,
Katrina, Chris, Sam, and Georgia
Kaye Hentschke
Kaye

I am admitting that I am at a loss, trying to response in a meaningful way to you. So much has happened these last paradigm-shifting last four years.  So much of the reality we knew then, before the accident, is now irrelevant.  Yet so much, as we reflect, is now profound & important.

Upon reflection of those first 4 months, I have been wrestling with how to respond to you, and Spencer, and the ordeal your family has been faced with, endured, and overcome.  Your achingly tragic first days, in the grip of trauma, confusion, medical intervention, treatment choices, overload of information and separated locations of family was a seemingly insurmountable rift.  You, Spencer and your whole family showing themselves as a united force of nature that would, painstakingly, overcome each and every obstacle.

 You, Spencer, and your family have gone about your day, and we have been the wealthy recipients of your astounding courage in the face of every adversity.  We have learned dignity in the face of adversity from you, perseverance from your dedication, strength from your day-by-day conquests,and what it means to be truly courageous, as well as humility and patience.  Oh, and we have absolutely rejoiced in your triumphs.

 Celia, if I could have waved a magic wand and taken away the heartbreak you as a mother and Spencer, as someone whose life-shift this was unexpectedly thrust upon, I want you to know:  I .Would. Have.   

You & Spencer have been a beacon of fortitude, plowing head against insurmountable odds.  I cherish every small-minded negative declaration by the experts that resulted in Spencer’s triumphs.  I love you all and am in awe of Spencer’s daily victories.   Spencer has come closer to his fate than any child should ever have to endure and has revealed, time & again to be the true definition of a champion.  I am truly, completely sorry for all you had to face this fricking challenge. But you have stared down the demon head-on.  Into the fray you went and out of the fire you emerge; bloodied, forever changed, but somehow, THRIVING.  

The limits of my imagination are the only thing limiting Spencer 's choices for his future.  Celia, you have embodied what it means to be a Caregiver.

Love you muchly,

Kaye 






Nina Stewart
Nina Stewart
Celia:

This if for YOU!!! Your writing and documentation of all that you (& Spencer, Ruby & family) have been through ought to be published!  I have read, and reread, your prose and I have cried big tears.  You are to be commended for your amazing courageous spirit, your limitless love of friends and family, your tenacity, your absolutely, positively unwillingness to ever give up your quest to support Spencer to live not only a fulfilling life, but a life filled with unlimited possibilities.  Since day one, four years ago, I have followed your writings and have taken my hat off to you more times than you could imagine and never knew that I was doing so.  You flabbergast me, you astonish me, you make me want to be a better person, you inspire me, you lift me up when you do not even know you are doing so.  Thank you from a kindred spirit who loves and appreciates you from afar and who always keeps up with the latest in your lives (and Dane's) because Heather McGraw Lopez is my best friend for which I am blessed beyond words.  I love you, Celia, and I trust this little message tucks deeply into your heart of hearts.  Bless you, bless you, bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Doan Hohmeyer
Doan
Spencer,

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog Mojo. I'll always remember how happy he was when he was by your side. He was your dog, but you were his human. Take your time to mourn the loss, as it is a significant one.

If you ever need someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to ask me.

With sympathy,
Doan Hohmeyer
Doan

Celia,

What a beautifully written reflection on your family's past four years. Like Nina and Chelsea, I too have read all of your posts on CaringBridge starting back just a few days after Spencer's accident. Your eloquence about your family's remarkable journey and life's lessons has captivated us all.

Each year has brought steady, maybe even exponential growth to Spencer's capabilities. It warms my heart to see all of the progress Spencer has made towards independence. Last year I witnessed firsthand Spencer walking entirely on his own, answering the front door while standing, walking down the stairs in front of your home, pulling computer cables from under his computer desk...I was blown away at how much progress he's made.

I remember all of the hard work and painful waiting for the adaptations to his car to be finished. I vividly remember the day you informed us all of Spencer passing his driving exam last year. Now he has an automobile that he can drive to school on his own, run errands for the family, and venture out to a friend’s home… no caregivers needed.

I've been to numerous water events with Spencer but the Swim Mike event last year stands out in my memory: him jumping into the water without a life jacket, and working his way across the pool with friends and family cheering him on. Those original doctors are eating their words: "never" is not in Spencer's vocabulary!

Yes it may seem like the results have been, well, miraculous. But I think it has more to do with your positive attitude and persistence. You are setting a wonderful example for your children and all of us that are lucky enough to know you. I see those wonderful traits in Spencer every time we meet.

I look forward to reading your next entry and will continue to support Spencer in all his efforts towards independence in any way that I can.

Chelsea McGraw
Chelsea McGraw
I take a long, deep sigh, with misty eyes and a full heart. It is one thing to confront an oncoming avalanche and declare that this challenge will be surmounted. To stand on the other side, recognize all that has been required and all that has been done to get here, can bring you to your knees with awe and gratitude. Thank you Celia for chronicling this harrowing and uplifting passage. Because of your eloquence and devotion we have been given access to share in Spencer's and your struggle. We can feel that we had a means to be of value in getting through this with you. Because of your generosity in including each of us in what could have imploded another family, we have been able to share both the burden and the gift of Spencer's Miracle. Fate can be what happens in life. Destiny is what you do when Fate takes you in its grip. In that fire, character is forged. Those of us who could take any part of this journey with you are blessed. Words are inadequate. With you, we rejoice in this moment of reflection. the future is bright. With what has been gained though this odyessy, all dreams are on their way to coming true. Thank you! The adventure has just begun!
Jane Morton
Jane
I continue to be dumbfounded each time I see the progress Spencer has made in such remarkable ways. There is a young man managing that challenging walk with such sureness and such pride in all he has accomplished. Pretty soon there will be dancing at a prom and walking up stairs and across the stage at graduation.....even more to be proud of!

Big grins all around!
Nina Stewart
Nina Stewart
Celia:

This if for YOU!!! Your writing and documentation of all that you (& Spencer, Ruby & family) have been through ought to be published!  I have read, and reread, your prose and I have cried big tears.  You are to be commended for your amazing courageous spirit, your limitless love of friends and family, your tenacity, your absolutely, positively unwillingness to ever give up your quest to support Spencer to live not only a fulfilling life, but a life filled with unlimited possibilities.  Since day one, four years ago, I have followed your writings and have taken my hat off to you more times than you could imagine and never knew that I was doing so.  You flabbergast me, you astonish me, you make me want to be a better person, you inspire me, you lift me up when you do not even know you are doing so.  Thank you from a kindred spirit who loves and appreciates you from afar and who always keeps up with the latest in your lives (and Dane's) because Heather McGraw Lopez is my best friend for which I am blessed beyond words.  I love you, Celia, and I trust this little message tucks deeply into your heart of hearts.  Bless you, bless you, bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kaye Hentschke
Kaye

I am admitting that I am at a loss, trying to response in a meaningful way to you. So much has happened these last paradigm-shifting last four years.  So much of the reality we knew then, before the accident, is now irrelevant.  Yet so much, as we reflect, is now profound & important.

Upon reflection of those first 4 months, I have been wrestling with how to respond to you, and Spencer, and the ordeal your family has been faced with, endured, and overcome.  Your achingly tragic first days, in the grip of trauma, confusion, medical intervention, treatment choices, overload of information and separated locations of family was a seemingly insurmountable rift.  You, Spencer and your whole family showing themselves as a united force of nature that would, painstakingly, overcome each and every obstacle.

 You, Spencer, and your family have gone about your day, and we have been the wealthy recipients of your astounding courage in the face of every adversity.  We have learned dignity in the face of adversity from you, perseverance from your dedication, strength from your day-by-day conquests,and what it means to be truly courageous, as well as humility and patience.  Oh, and we have absolutely rejoiced in your triumphs.

 Celia, if I could have waved a magic wand and taken away the heartbreak you as a mother and Spencer, as someone whose life-shift this was unexpectedly thrust upon, I want you to know:  I .Would. Have.   

You & Spencer have been a beacon of fortitude, plowing head against insurmountable odds.  I cherish every small-minded negative declaration by the experts that resulted in Spencer’s triumphs.  I love you all and am in awe of Spencer’s daily victories.   Spencer has come closer to his fate than any child should ever have to endure and has revealed, time & again to be the true definition of a champion.  I am truly, completely sorry for all you had to face this fricking challenge. But you have stared down the demon head-on.  Into the fray you went and out of the fire you emerge; bloodied, forever changed, but somehow, THRIVING.  

The limits of my imagination are the only thing limiting Spencer 's choices for his future.  Celia, you have embodied what it means to be a Caregiver.

Love you muchly,

Kaye 






Chelsea McGraw
Chelsea McGraw
I take a long, deep sigh, with misty eyes and a full heart. It is one thing to confront an oncoming avalanche and declare that this challenge will be surmounted. To stand on the other side, recognize all that has been required and all that has been done to get here, can bring you to your knees with awe and gratitude. Thank you Celia for chronicling this harrowing and uplifting passage. Because of your eloquence and devotion we have been given access to share in Spencer's and your struggle. We can feel that we had a means to be of value in getting through this with you. Because of your generosity in including each of us in what could have imploded another family, we have been able to share both the burden and the gift of Spencer's Miracle. Fate can be what happens in life. Destiny is what you do when Fate takes you in its grip. In that fire, character is forged. Those of us who could take any part of this journey with you are blessed. Words are inadequate. With you, we rejoice in this moment of reflection. the future is bright. With what has been gained though this odyessy, all dreams are on their way to coming true. Thank you! The adventure has just begun!
Doan Hohmeyer
Doan
Spencer,

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog Mojo. I'll always remember how happy he was when he was by your side. He was your dog, but you were his human. Take your time to mourn the loss, as it is a significant one.

If you ever need someone to talk to, please don't hesitate to ask me.

With sympathy,
Katrina Goldsmith
Katrina Goldsmith
Celia and Spencer-
Thank you for your beautiful and eloquent reminder of your complicated journey these past four years.  I am so sure that I will one day be buying a best-selling book written by the two of you!  I'm grateful to both of you for the way you have shown the rest of us what is possible.  I wouldn't dare believe I could do it myself, but you have really stretched my understanding of the magnitude of love, tenacity, and endurance that we humans might be capable of.  

With love,
Katrina, Chris, Sam, and Georgia
Doan Hohmeyer
Doan

Celia,

What a beautifully written reflection on your family's past four years. Like Nina and Chelsea, I too have read all of your posts on CaringBridge starting back just a few days after Spencer's accident. Your eloquence about your family's remarkable journey and life's lessons has captivated us all.

Each year has brought steady, maybe even exponential growth to Spencer's capabilities. It warms my heart to see all of the progress Spencer has made towards independence. Last year I witnessed firsthand Spencer walking entirely on his own, answering the front door while standing, walking down the stairs in front of your home, pulling computer cables from under his computer desk...I was blown away at how much progress he's made.

I remember all of the hard work and painful waiting for the adaptations to his car to be finished. I vividly remember the day you informed us all of Spencer passing his driving exam last year. Now he has an automobile that he can drive to school on his own, run errands for the family, and venture out to a friend’s home… no caregivers needed.

I've been to numerous water events with Spencer but the Swim Mike event last year stands out in my memory: him jumping into the water without a life jacket, and working his way across the pool with friends and family cheering him on. Those original doctors are eating their words: "never" is not in Spencer's vocabulary!

Yes it may seem like the results have been, well, miraculous. But I think it has more to do with your positive attitude and persistence. You are setting a wonderful example for your children and all of us that are lucky enough to know you. I see those wonderful traits in Spencer every time we meet.

I look forward to reading your next entry and will continue to support Spencer in all his efforts towards independence in any way that I can.