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It’s hard to believe the fall season is in full swing. As you know by now, fall was Aaron’s favorite season. His presence is absolutely everywhere, especially this time of year. As a family we make an extra effort to get more "Rusty" walks in. Take longer hikes, anything that allows us to linger in Aaron’s element. Every day I try to be a noticer, cataloging God’s beauty in my heart. The sights and sounds of fall are mesmerizing. Take time to slow down, take deep breaths and let nature be therapy to your soul!
I’m behind in keeping you updated on Steven. I would apologize, but I know you understand our busy schedule. Steven has graduated (once again) to a custom made resting splint. The splint's job is to aid in keeping Steven’s hand stretched out which allows his therapist to work more intensively. Dr. Torre continues to be pleased with Steven’s improvement. While Steven is ready to see more than “trace” movement he keeps working hard toward the goal of regaining functional use. But, as I type that sentence it’s important to say that Steven’s bravery & determination has helped him accept that his limitation does not define him. He is an overcomer; a true champion!
Right along with being back in therapy Steven is balancing a full school load. He is fine with me sharing that there are times he is totally overwhelmed with his schedule. It’s fair to say he is counting down to this semester coming to an end. In my opinion Steven is a natural in the Human Services studies. He’s not sure if this is where he will stay but he is learning and growing with each class.
As Steven’s Mom I have the privilege once again of watching Steven mature more and more each day. He is such an amazing young man, such a tender heart. Always looking for ways to reach out to others. To give away a smile. Just his presence brightens the gloomiest of days! As I witness his ongoing progress, my mind often goes back to seeing his unrecognizable body lying in a cold ER fighting for his life. I remember thinking as I made myself take a peek at that small frail body beneath all of those bandages and tubes that there had been a mistake. That couldn’t be Steven. But, the thought of a mistake being made left my heart the moment I very cautiously took his hand and gently laid it in mine. I knew it was my son. The connection between mom and son at that moment was like a bolt of electricity connecting our hearts through that one simple but precious act of holding hands. I share that as a reminder of how far Steven has come. As we have watched his every move of progress I’m reminded that as parents we have to learn to let go all over again. This time in so many ways is more complex than the first time. Learning to let go after what we have experienced is full of more emotions than my heart can hold! I will stop there as I have a complete article formulating in my heart just ready to be unscrambled and penned! So, stay tuned.
Speaking of being penned, I feel privileged to share my newly published article. I’m very thankful to my friend and mentor Rosemary Rawlins for believing in me. She understands our journey on a personal level through her husband’s very similar story. She is such an encouragement to me. I’m forever thankful that our paths crossed, especially at such a critical time for me. For me writing is one important form of therapy. Sharing our journey is healing. Our prayer remains that God will allow us opportunities to reach out to other hurting hearts in hopes of being a tiny dose of encouragement. If you know of anyone that can benefit from my articles or other resources that are available through Brainline.org, please take time to share.
Thanks for being there! Feel free to email me or jot a comment right here. I enjoy hearing from you. When I hear from you it’s always a sweet reminder of how blessed we are to have such an amazing community of support.
Now, let’s get out there and enjoy this beautiful fall weather. Be a noticer! Count your blessings! Above all make sure that those you love know they are loved!