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Steven’s Story

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.  

Latest Journal Update

How has one month has passed since last update?!?!

I can't believe that an entire month has passed since my last update.  But then again, maybe I can.  I truly need to go back to my younger days of keeping a daily diary! 

This is not a typical "Steven Update" ...
This time of year is extra special...Aaron loved fishing!  Any chance he could sneak away, you would find him on a riverbank!  When I see young fishermen at Green Hill my thoughts always takes me back to hearing the enthusiasm in Aaron's voice as he would share his fishing adventures.  I would often say, "Now Aaron, honey tell me again how big that fish was?!"  Oh how I would cherish hearing one more fishing story!  Another thought near and dear to my heart is one of Aaron's best buddies wife is expecting their second child.  I'm so happy for them and at the same time my heart aches as I think about how our hopes and dreams for Aaron experiencing being a father is no longer a reality.  He would have been a wonderful loving Daddy.  We experienced a moment of healing as we delivered one of Aaron's baby blankets to Kayla along with one of Aaron's stuffed bears to Anna their first born.  Aaron would be in love with Anna just as he would be with their next precious daughter.  These moments provide a time of reflection of what's truly important.....creating memories and sharing Aaron's things with those that he loved. 

Okay....now about Steven!  What's there to say other than he continues to keep a positive attitude!  As you can tell by the attached pic, he's the picture of what living a healthy lifestyle looks like!  He is looking forward to returning to college this fall.  His new major will be Human Services which will open doors as a parole office, case manager, social services, etc.  He wants to use his journey to make a difference in the lives of others.  He is enjoying the Horseback riding program at Healing Strides.  As he continues to be more and more independent we are reminded that he needs his own vehicle!  In time, God will provide!  All of Steven's recovery efforts continue to make Mom, Dad and Aaron very happy and proud! 

As for what's next for Mom....I have some ideas!  Stay tuned as you will be a part of my next chapter! 

As for today right this moment we are so very thankful for our beach angel that is once again providing us with a family vacation.  A much needed vacation which would not be possible or as special as being able to return to the same spot that Aaron loved and adored.  We have so many special memories in this piece of Heaven upon our earth.  We are overwhelmed with thankfulness! 

I have a challenge for you!  Get outside!  Enjoy nature.  Take in the scent of honeysuckle!  Be a noticer!  Share what you experience!  I'm totally a believer (thanks to Aaron) in nature being the best medicine for the soul! 

Please pray for me as I exam options for what's next.  Also pray for Steven as he will be seeing doctors about the possibility of tendon lengthening surgery.  We will explore consults in the Roanoke Valley and beyond as this is a huge decision! 

Lastly, please pray for our safety as we travel.  We so desperately need this time of renewal....individually and as a family. 

My dear friends.....I leave you with this:  "Trust Your Journey!" 
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

Signed with hugs and much love!