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It's been five years now since Taylor's accident. He was celebrating his 19th birthday with several friends while camping at the “Cinders” near Flagstaff Arizona, took his quad for a ride, and in the darkness veered off the gravel road and struck a tree.
Taylor sustained many serious injuries to his chest and head including skull fractures, facial fractures, broken ribs and punctured lungs. He was helicoptered via Life Flight to Flagstaff Medical Center where he spent two weeks in Trauma ICU.
He was then transferred via helicopter to St. Joseph’s Hospital / Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, where he spent the better part of one year in Neuro ICU, during which time he endured several neurosurgical and facial reconstructive surgeries.
Throughout the on-going recovery process,Taylor has exceeded all expectations of physicians and therapists. He has never given up, or even slowed down, and continues to be a shining example of how Faith, tenacity, positive attitude, humor and creativity, are tantamount to overcoming even the most harrowing of obstacles.
Taylor’s physical fitness is easy to see at first glance these days, with his 6’1” and solid 180-pound frame. You will also notice he walks with a white-cane, as he is now legally blind as a result of his injuries.
Taylor has been participating in outpatient speech and physical therapies, but insurance limits those visits to ten per calendar year. So in addition to what is provided by outpatient programs in the Phoenix area, various therapies are conducted in the home and around the community. His in-home therapies include several modalities to work memory, fitness, balance, speech and voice, assistive technologies and mobility as a vision-impaired person. He is very busy with his recovery, and a typical day is from 8am – 7pm with a three-hour lunch break.
A website for “Stark Recovery” (address to be announced shortly) will provide information on the types of therapies used, progress, and will include photos and video clips. It will also provide a place for shared information on traumatic brain injury recovery, living with a visual impairment and navigating resources.
In September 2015, Taylor relocated to the Minneapolis/St.Paul area of Minnesota, to a suburb named 'New Hope'. He will continue his regimen of strenuous in-home therapies, as well as utilize all the Twin Cities area programs have to offer.
December first he begins a Monday through Friday half-day class schedule at Vision Loss Resources, which will include everything from "Adjustment to Blindness" to cooking, wood shop and assistive technologies.
He is VERY excited to have moved near all his family - and there is a steady stream of visitors.
Feel free to email Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. He uses both keyboarding and voice recognition software to correspond, and he's having a great time recalling memories and chatting about them. It may take a few days to respond because of his rigorous schedule with school, etc., but at least once a week there is time set aside for correspondence.
So a new chapter begins in Taylor’s road to recovery, and he is all smiles.
In the Presence of God – there is a fullness of Joy!