Marc’s Story

Site created on November 28, 2018

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.  Seems like a lot of folks know but for those who don’t, Marc was hit by a drunk driver Monday and is still in critical condition in Denver he has made some minor improvements but is not getting worse so we’re hopeful.  We definitely appreciate your prayers.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Cathy Woods

Greetings from Ann Arbor, Michigan!
Since my last post, we were able to secure a placement for Marc in the University of Michigans' Aphasia Program (UMAP) and have made the 17 hour road-trip to get here. We are already in the second week of treatment. Since our arrival at UMAP, Marc has undergone an extensive battery of assessments in an effort to create individualized therapy sessions that will maximize his recovery.

Marc has been diagnosed with Severe Wernicke's Aphasia, characterized by severe auditory comprehension deficits, moderate-severe verbal expression, moderate-severe acquired dysgraphia (an inability to write coherently) and moderate dyslexia.

The UMAP program consists of: Individualized sessions/group sessions/individual technology labs/music therapy- that will all implement research-based treatment approaches for aphasia.

Praises/Prayer Requests-
  • Marc is making significant progress in the short time we have been here. His main therapist said that Marc is progressing faster that anyone they have seen thus far. 
  • Marc's positive attitude, determination, strong work ethic, quick wit and care and concern for others has not changed.
  • Recovery time for this type of aphasia is very long and slow and we still face many challenges along the way as well as the possibility of seizures. 
Thank you for your patience with me as I try to keep you updated. Also, thank you, once again for your prayers, love and financial support. This program is very expensive and without the generous donations of so many, this program would not have become a reality.
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