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Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

Well folks. I’m at Manchester Airport about to enjoy some breakfast before I fly the pond again. Lovely lady from Virgin has given me a seat with lots of room to rest. I’m hoping that Audrey or Deborah will be able to set Will up so he can post some journals. I’ll be back in touch when I arrive x

Journal entry by Chris Park

I've just landed in Manchester so it's a very quick, bleary-eyed update on the short time I had with Will yesterday before I headed off to Atlanta airport.
We both nearly slept in after our weekend excursion but dragged ourselves to meet Cliff (Will's driver) on time. 
Will had a speech therapy session where he discussed his outstanding freshman year work that he's finishing off. It's all about giving him the tools to tackle academic work following his injuries.
He then had an outdoor physical therapy session in the yard. He shot a few hoops with some other Pathways patients. It was then my time to say goodbye and head off home.
It's been another eye-opening week for me. It's amazed me how much he's progressed since I was last here. The level of care has been astounding and everyone we've met have been friendly, helpful and just...really nice 🙂
Will's dad was landing as I was leaving and Amanda is landing tomorrow, then, hopefully, they're all flying home next week 🤞
Last thing I heard from Will was that he was getting his "dog fix" on the Beltline last night!!

Journal entry by Chris Park

After a good sleep and another great Audrey breakfast this morning, we all trooped off to the Borchers' church in Helen, where Will gave a 'testimony' of the ordeal he's been through and gave thanks for all the prayers and thoughts from everyone. Some lovely people, who Will hasn't even met, have had him in their thoughts, and for that, we're all grateful. Thank you x
On the way back to Atlanta, we stopped by Audrey's folks house and then called in at the mall at Lawrenceville before saying goodbye to Scott, Audrey, Cole, Kale and Ian.
I'm flying home tomorrow, so it was a sad moment to say goodbye to such an amazing family that have treated Will like one of their own. They didn't have to go to the lengths that they have, but we're so grateful they did. I hope I get to see them again. Thanks guys ♥️

Journal entry by Chris Park

Yesterday was a busy day off that wiped is all out, which is why I'm a bit late with this journal entry.
Scott and Audrey arranged for us all to hang out with some friends at Lake Yonah, which is on the state line of Georgia and South Carolina. Billy and Carlita have a lake house with a lake side dock house and were kind enough to have us over for the day.
The weather was a beautiful 26 degrees, which Audrey pointed out is "a bit off" for their summers 😒.
Will did this trip when he first arrived in the US last August so he's been looking forward to it all week. It was a real tonic for him to get away from Atlanta, hospitals and therapy sessions and relax in some beautiful surroundings with some fantastic people.
Although he didn't get to join in with the water sports, he rode on the boat, chilled on the dock house decks and got to watch the kids (biggest one penning this journal) go wild on the "tubes", the rope swing, etc.
I, however, did get to join in and pretend I was 25 years younger, which is why I am writing this in bed.... Because I'm too stiff to get up 😬👴
Thank you so much to Billy and Carlita, Scott and Audrey for such an amazing day that we won't forget ♥️

Journal entry by Chris Park

Hi folks. It was my last full day at Pathways with Will today. He had a session on the driving simulator this morning, which tends to result in him hurling abuse at other road users, but also tests his reactions, which seem to be faring well.
He's been back on the treadmill. His speed is increasing daily. Very promising.
He finished off with some group games, such as basketball and corn hole, before we went back to the apartment to get ready for the weekend.
Scott picked us up this afternoon. We're off to stay with the Borchers, who have been nothing short of amazing since all this happened ♥️

Journal entry by Chris Park

Good evening all. We're just chilling out in the apartment tonight, watching the golf after a pretty tiring day.
Will's been put through his paces physically this morning. He's had a double physical therapy session, the first one being a trip to Mason Mill Park for his first outdoor jog. He was particularly chuffed with that and cruised around, no problem.
Back at Pathways he did some balance work followed by his favourite past time...dog cuddling!
After the daily trip to the gym for strength work, Will dragged me down to the Beltline (local scenic jogging/dog walking spot) for a nice stroll until I realised it was mainly to pet more dogs! Only a couple of people ran away.
All in all, another good day 😀

Journal entry by Chris Park

Mostly cognitive stuff for Will today at Pathways. One of the photos you'll see is him in front of a big black panel. The panel has lots of buttons that illuminate in random sequence. Will has to hit each button that lights up as fast as he can. In the centre of the panel is a small blue screen. This displays random 5 letter words which he must repeat out loud to his therapist. When he's finished the buttons test he has to go over to a wipe board to recall and write down each word that appeared on the blue screen. Phew! I'm exhausted just explaining it!!
After rehab, we hit the gym where Will is doing a bit of strength work to replace the muscle and strength he's lost.
We finished off the day with a trip downtown to check out some tourist stuff and get some food.
We're both pooped! Good night all! X

Journal entry by Chris Park

Hello all. Nice to be back in Atlanta and great to see Will and how much he has progressed in just 4 weeks. It was nice to see some of his fellow patients that have also moved to Pathways from Shepherd.
It was a big mile stone for Will today. He hit the tread mill and ran for the first time. Yet another hurdle that Will is skipping over towards recovery. 
The Pathways centre is impressive with all the rehab being a considerable step up in difficulty and intensity. The constant is the amazing staff. He's in good hands.

Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

Will is having boys time now with Chris. Both working out this morning with PT at Shepherd. Will was running in the treadmill and all his vitals were perfect (gosh I’m getting so American). I’m at the airport and praying that I sleep on this plane 🙏😁x ..... Over to Chris....xx

Journal entry by Amanda Fraser-Gray

Chris arrived safely. Very tired but we ate out and he went to bed early. Will gave yet more love to yet another dog! Will met up with Jeanice (OT) who he missed saying goodbye to on the unit. More pics tomorrow before I fly home and hand the reins to Chris who hopefully will be more awake by then!!! 🤣

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Journal entry by Deborah Millier

For those who may not know about yesterday’s update, Will’s first CT scan showed a 10mm displacement. Thankfully by late afternoon that had reduced to only 1mm. That has not changed since last night. Please keep praying for the swelling to completely dissipate so further recovery can occur. 
William’s Story

Site created on April 1, 2019

Early on Sunday morning, March 31st, Will was involved in a car accident. As a result he sustained severe and life-threatening injuries. Surgeons were able to repair internal injuries to his liver and spleen. In order to deal with his head injury, a section of his skull was removed to reduce pressure on the brain. His brain trauma is serious, and his recovery will take time.

We are using this page to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement and will share these with Will in time.

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