I can’t believe my accident happened one year ago today – March 12th! Looking back I am feel so blessed to be able to do what I’m doing right now… walk over to the desk, sit in the chair, and type this message. The smallest things seemed like they could be an impossibility 12 short months ago.
It has been one heck of a year. Today, I am feeling strong, but very aware of the fact that I still have a long way to go. Physical therapy has moved to a new level. I now feel like I am really working out and getting stronger. I am riding the bike, doing intensive “gate” training, and doing the stair master! I have set goals to run a 5 or 10k and want to hike up to the top of Half Dome again. What is so cool is that I know I will be able to do it!
I could not stop and reflect on my one-year anniversary and not think of the people who have gotten me through it. First and foremost, I think of my wife – Kristen – and thank her for her incredible love and support… I am so thankful for you. Additionally, my whole family has been amazing. In fact my brother just called me 30 minuets ago to tell me that he was thinking about me. I thank my dearest friends and my Life Group. Of course, I’ve got to give a shout out to Rock Harbor for supporting and loving on Kristen and I in such tangible ways through our crisis. I am forever impressed and thankful for the church at large… and know that so many people were praying for me when I needed it so desperately. And Lastly, I think of all the professionals who cared for my broken body… the fireman and paramedics who carefully picked me up from the side of the road and took me to the hospital; The ER and Trauma staff who began to mend my body; The nurses and nursing aids who faithfully performed the thankless tasks of bathing me, empting my bedpan, and serving me in my broken state. My favorite Physical Therapist, Rebecca, and Occupational Therapist, Donna, who guided me back to normalcy by helping me get out of the hospital bed, and dress myself, and take my first shower, and take my first steps. I am forever indebted.
Thank you God for saving my life, for healing me, but most importantly, thank you for the people you’ve put in my life and the ways you’ve used them to minister to me.