Journal entry by John & Michele Maloney

One month ago today we received the phone call no parent ever wants to receive. One month ago today our lives changed drastically. One month ago today Ryan began the toughest fight of his life. It's been so hard to gauge time. On one hand it seems like an eternity has passed since we've been home, yet on the other hand it seems like he's making tremendous progress in a short period of time. He continues to get stronger and regain more motion every day while also gaining more independence. When laying in bed with his leg hanging over the side, he is now able to lift it to bed-height and repeat the motion. It's not easy and it takes great deal of focus and concentration, but he's doing it.  

He had a surprise visit from his dogs this weekend. 😊 It had been two months since he had seen them last and I don't know who was happier to see who! To watch Gunner curled up on his lap made everyone smile. It was not only therapeutic for him, but for other patients here as well.

There is nothing we wouldn't do to make this all better for him, but sometimes life gives you challenges you just can't get away from.  Despite the ongoing struggles, Ryan continues to remain positive and hopeful. I truly believe that with his "never give up" mentality he can and will persevere and come out stronger and better for it. Please keep praying!!
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