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On 8/13/12 Steven & his brother Aaron were in an automobile accident. Aaron didn't survive the accident. Steven sustained a severe TBI. He was airlifted to CRMH where he was on a vent, underwent a craniectomy & medically induced coma.  On 9/7 he was transferred to Shepherd Ctr in Atlanta, GA for rehab until 10/6.  He began outpatient rehab at Pathways in Decatur, GA on 10/8.  Steven left VA not being able to sit up, he left GA walking unassisted! A MIRACLE! His recovery is one day at a time with God, Mom, Dad, Aaron, family & friends.  



Steven's Birthday

Apr 21, 2014 7:40pm

As parents our children's birthdays are always special!  For us celebrating Steven's birthday is more joyful than our hearts can hold!  We will never look at celebrating our sons birthdays the same again.  While we will never be able to "physically" celebrate Aaron's birthday together here upon this earth, one day we will celebrate again....and oh my what a celebration it will be!  Until then, we will make sure there will be a celebration in our home & hearts on every August 9th!  If it were up to us we would give Steven a big birthday bash every year, but we will respect his wishes this year for a quiet family day.  We will make sure his day is very special!  Thank you for all the birthday wishes! 

Our original plan was to be in Atlanta with our Shepherd family for Steven's birthday, but due to other upcoming obligations we had to consider the budget and postpone Atlanta until the fall.  We miss our Shepherd family so much and truly hope to make the fall trip a reality! 

We made the best of Easter weekend by spending as much time as possible outdoors in Aaron's element.  Guess what?...butterflies are back!  What perfect timing!  During the Easter weekend, we spent time at the accident scene.  I must say being back was more surreal after reading the recent article in Our Health Magazine.  As I watched Carlan plant Aaron's tree and other plants it was if I had more of a realization of what truly went on that night not only to save Steven's life, but also the sadness felt by everyone there because of not being able to save Aaron..  As I watched Carlan comb the area looking for "Aaron" connectors I could feel my heart break a bit more.  Steven was the brave one as always, but a Mom knows when their child is hurting!  We gave him the option of not going with us.  His reply was, "I need to go."  We spent time sharing hugs and reflecting.  I'm thankful that we went...including Aaron in our holiday weekend meant so much to me.  Our prayer is that as others see Aaron's memory cross and the plantings that they slow down as they make their way down the mountain and for those that know Aaron may they take time to remember their special memories of our amazing son! 

Steven decided to continue with a regular therapy day on his birthday.  We also have another Bioness arm system fitting scheduled for the afternoon.  We haven't heard from Friends of Man yet, but it's early.  We're keeping the faith that the news is positive. 

Steven will receive the results from his MRI on Friday.  We're hopeful that some questions will be answered.  Steven continues to work hard at being healthy.  Honestly, he is an inspiration to us each day.  He starts his day on the treadmill before going to therapy, he has cut out caffeine and is limiting his sugar intake.  Carlan isn't all the way on board, but we won't give up on him :)!  Steven is easily the poster person for not only other survivors but for each of us!  He is a true genuine example of what a changed life looks like...someone that is embracing every minute at a second chance of truly living; of making a positive difference while refusing to give up!  We are so blessed and thankful! 

Steven's college semester is winding down.  We know he will do great on his exam!  He is looking forward to summer break and has his classes scheduled for the fall semester!  Never a dull moment! 

We hope your Easter was a special memory making day.  Please slow down and enjoy the spring season.  It's such a special season...you don't want to miss a minute! 

Thanks for staying in touch.  You truly are our extended family!  We don't take a minute of your time, prayers and encouragement for granted! 

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