Tighe Hutchins's Journal
Written May 8, 2010 10:19amHi Team Tighe,
I wanted to share this wonderful article that Ron Kroichick wrote in The San Francisco Chronicle today about Tighe's ordeal. Among all of the chaos and saddness that has hit the lacrosse community this week with the death of Yeardley Love I hope this article brings you hope and strength. Yeardley Love and her family are in our constant thoughts and prayers, especially today as they celebrate her short life. Here is the article:
Love to all,
The Hutchins Family
Written Apr 12, 2010 8:55pmHi Team Tighe!
Wow, it really has been a long time since I have written. The first thing I noticed was caringbridge now has an iphone app - wish they would've had that a few months ago! Anyway, we have big news. TIGHE'S GOING BACK TO BERKELEY TOMORROW!!! We are SO excited and proud of her. Tighe and my mom leave for Berkeley tomorrow at about 9 AM and will be back at Command Center West by 3 PM.
It is so amazing how far we have come in this whole journey. From the CCW to the CCE, from hospitals to home, from a horror story to a life changing experience. It has been a whirlwind but we are so happy everything turned out as it did. As we sat at dinner tonight, the whole family plus our special guest Sally Mack - it was so special to see everyone laughing and being together. We have come full circle.
Although I probably won't post often you all are always in our thoughts. As Sally said tonight, it takes a village - and this village is truly special. We can't thank you all enough for all of your support - look where it has brought us, taking Tighe back to Berkeley. Although life is not always easy it's the tough moments in life that define us and test us. We do not see who we truly are until we face adversity - and what wonderful people you have proved to be.
Thank you so much for everything, especially the prayers. They have lifted us up and brought Tighe to where she is. Although her leg still has some recovering to do, we are so hopeful and happy for how healthy she is again.
For everything, we owe you all the world. And hey, one day, you may even see a book about all this...you never know :)
Written Feb 3, 2010 8:48pm
Hi Team Tighe!
I’m sorry it has been so long since I wrote an update! All of us here in the Hutchins family are doing VERY well! Tighe continues to improve everyday! It is neat to see her improvements from week to week. Every time I come home it seems she is doing 100% better from the last time I was home.
We had some great news a few weeks back! Tighe went in to get an EMG on her leg. We were hoping for the best but expecting the worst. We were pleasantly surprised when the neurologist told Tighe that there had been some muscle regeneration in one of the three muscles in her right leg! This is amazing news and we are again cautiously optimistic (this phrase seems to keep coming up in Tighe’s recovery). Nerve regeneration is an extremely slow process so to already see some improvement is very positive and hopeful news! Tighe still does not have feeling in her right leg but peggy (her trusty brace - short for peg leg, have to find humor in these things :) ) keeps her moving along.
Speaking of moving along, as I write this Tighe and my dad are actually in Sanibel, Florida! They are soaking up the rays down there and I am joining them tomorrow night! As I said in a previous post, my grandmother goes down to Sanibel for January and February each year and so as something for Tighe to look forward to we planned a trip for her. I spoke with Tighe tonight and she said they've been bike riding (yes - she can ride a bike, WOW), sitting on the beach, taking beach walks, shelling and just relaxing. She said she even got a little sunburnt today, I can't wait to get down to that warm weather...we sure are getting a lot of snow up here!
Anyway, as I said, peggy really keeps Tighe moving. Last weekend Tighe and I went to the mall and every week she is able to walk a little further. She barely has a limp anymore and she is dancing around the house like her old self. It is a miracle. She even did a video chat with the Cal Lacrosse team (see picture in the photo section) last weekend to pump them up for their play day, go Cal!!
As I've often said in my posts, looking back on this whole ordeal it almost doesn't seem real. But I couldn't be happier with the outcome. This tribulation truly shows that hope, strength, faith and love conquer all. Support is what holds us all together and what amazing support we have had. Thank you all again for all of your continued prayers and encouragement, it is inspiring. Please continue to keep Tighe in your prayers, that her leg keeps improving and feeling begins to come back, that she continues to gain strength and her spirit continues to lift us all up.
I hope you all are having wonderful winters and again, all of our thanks to all of you, you mean the world to the Hutchins family.