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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

A New Year

Where to start?  The holidays have come and gone!  I see the reality of January 2016 on my calendar.  To most people a new year represents setting goals, making & breaking resolutions and looking ahead at the new year with great anticipation.  That's how I used to approach a new year.  Now as the calendar pages quickly turn my priorities are encouraging Steven along his recovery journey while ensuring that I take time each day to keep Aaron's memory shining brightly.  The sadness remains, another year without Aaron's physical presence in our daily lives.  A truth we will never get used to.

I appreciate & enjoy hearing from you!  We never grow tired of answering the question, "How's Steven doing?"  You won't be surprised to hear that he finished the semester with all A's.  Since he started back to college he has taken 6 classes receiving an A in each class.  How's that for a guy that was never expected to return to school?  Miraculous!  Steven continues to work closely with his OT and is enjoying being back in PT (seeing 2 pretty therapists might have something to do with this).  Upon doctor recommendation he will endure another round of Botox.  His resolve is inspiring.  Steven recently let us know that he wants to explore the possibilities of returning to the work world part time in conjunction with attending college.  I must confess this panics me a bit.  All the questions race through my mind!  Is he ready?  Will this be too much?  The bigger question...is Mom ready!  All of these major positive steps leading to independence puts me one step closer to facing my reality of letting go...again! 

Speaking of college, Steven's break passed quickly.  Today is his first day back.  He is relieved and looking forward to only taking one class this semester.  His professor advised him to take some time to really soul search to make sure this is the field he wants to be in.  By taking time to focus on one class he can do the other things that he is ready for like volunteering and figuring out where his part time job will be.  When I think back to 3 years ago this month Steven was having his first cranioplasty a week before school started.  He is truly a daily reminder of what a miracle looks like! 

Steven isn't he only one taking a class this semester!  I'm exciting about taking a writing class!  I will be starting this week.  Wish me luck, it's been awhile!  I'm so thankful for this opportunity and for the amazing support I receive every day from Carlan and Steven!  I'm blessed beyond words! 

Please forgive our tardiness in wishing you a Happy New Year!  We hope 2016 is filled with happiness & good health.  Take time to make special memories with those you love.  From someone that has loved and lost, my wish for you is that life slows down allowing you to be in the moment!  Take time to truly appreciate the many blessings you have! 

”Sometimes, the most perfect place to be is exactly where you are. Accept it . . .
Often, the most precious moment is the one you are currently experiencing. Embrace it . . .
Always, the best person to become is the ultimate version of yourself. Love it . . . “
~Dr Jeff Mullan

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Doris Bulaski
By Doris Bulaski
Thinking of you all and know that you Steven and your family are in my prayers!! Sounds like you like college----all A's congratulations !! I think you can do anything you set your mind too!!! Best of luck! Andrew ask about you most of the time and wishes you well !
Linda Kingery
By Linda Kingery
So good to hear that Steven is doing well in college - all A's!! You already have a gift for writing and I know you will enjoy the class. Best wishes to you, Carlan & Steven for a New Year filled with many blessings!
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Karen Hale
By Karen Hale
Norma -- what fantastic news for all of you!
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Nancy Anderson
By Nancy Anderson
Congratulations on enrolling in a writing class. You will excel in it I'm sure. Sounds like a new career to me.
As far as Steven working part-time, that doesn't mean you have to let go. I'm sure he would never want that. You just need to support like always. You know he can handle anything.
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Doris Brown
By Doris Brown
WOW so much has happened. Congratulations Steven for having set goals, great grades and looking forward to life. We are so proud of you. You are so amazing!
All of our love to you and your family,
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