First off, Glory to God! When I saw defeat God saw opportunity. He is the only one that could take a situation like mine and flip it to become the greatest thing that has happened to me. Although I want to be out of this chair and in do time that is going to happen, I believe God is showing me things and opening doors for me that are with out question going to bring me a more fulfilling and abundant life.
I have been on the move quite a bit. Working as an Ambassador for Ekso Bionics has been such a blessing. I sometimes have to stop and catch myself because I still can’t believe I get to travel around the U.S. to stand, walk, and talk with people. San Fran, Florida, I mean who would of thought an opportunity like this could come out a predicament like mine. I recently traveled to Arizona for a demo, and just this past week flew home from Toronto from another conference. You can say I’m international…LOL. I am so blessed to have the injury I do and the ability that has come back. I know in this time, which is God’s time he has closed certain doors and opened others and even though I might not understand certain things and get frustrated with life, I trust his plan. I am currently working towards a few other demos in these upcoming weeks. Having to balance being an Ambassador and full-time student is definitely a challenge but I’m taking it in full charge. I leave for Birmingham, Alabama in a few weeks then I fly to San Diego for a big conference in November!
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God is doing amazing things in my life. Without him I would be nothing. My situation would have been complete opposite of this if I didn’t have my faith. This past week was the Hartford Marathon. I flew home from Toronto Friday night before the race Saturday. I was a bit hesitant to go because it was supposed to pour and temperatures were in the low 50’s. I flew in around 11:30 at night Friday and had to wake up at 5 am for the race. I decided to go because I would have been disappointed in myself if I bailed due to an account of a little water. The race was great! I love the atmosphere of marathons everyone cheering for each other. I completed the 26.2-mile marathon on a hand-cycle. I was leading the pack and pretty much had a police escort the entire race. I finished the race in 1:52:46. I had the fastest time out of anyone that day. My average mile was clocked in at 4min and 18sec. I give the glory to God and thank him for allowing me to have the ability to use my hands and upper body. This journey is going to be amazing and I’m excited to see where God will take me from here.
I ask everyone to pray for a close family friend, Tricia Heng, she is the strongest woman of faith I know and I look up to her so much. Just ask for your prayers of strength and healing over her body in Jesus name.
I’m so great full that I’m able to see twenty two. Although it’s not the most exciting birthday in the world, blessed is the only word that comes to mind when I think of my birthday. God is opening a lot of doors for me. Leading me to places and opportunities that I never would of imagined coming out of a situation like mine. Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” He is faithful.
I finally started driving about three weeks ago. The freedom of being able to take myself where I need to go is amazing. I have hand controls set up in the truck,it didn’t take me long to get use to them. I have a full-time internship working for Travelers Ins. In Hartford. It’s pretty interesting, looking forward to learning the whole spectrum of the insurance world. Another opportunity came to my door a few days ago. The company that I do the Ekso Skeleton bionic walking suit in has contacted me about possibly becoming and Ekso Ambassador for the East coast. Traveling to put on demonstrations of what the Ekso can do. I’m flying down to Tampa June 9-12 to try this new opportunity out and see if I’m a good fit for the company. I ask that everyone lift this up in prayer and that I do well and am what the company is seeking. I’m real excited about this opportunity.
I ask that prayers are kept being lifted up for more sensation and muscle return and for a full recovery. I also ask that everyone pray that for all that I’m lacking physically, mentally, and spiritually that I can lean on God for help. I tend to try and do things on my own instead of use God as my crutch.
Lastly, I ask that who ever reads this will lift up a few people I know who are going through chemo therapy. That God remove every cancerous cell in there body and that He can be there source of comfort and strength.
Patience! Patience! Patience! Boy is that something I do not have. If you were to ask me I was ready to be out of this chair yesterday. But, I do have trust. Trusting in God’s plan to prosper me and to lead me through this. Knowing that no matter the circumstance He is with me, right by my side and will never forsake me. I truly believe God is using this for me to grow closer to him and that when the time is right will take me far beyond this chair.
Since being in this accident and dealing with the insurance companies I know first hand how frustrating it is to get the results your seeking form these companies. That’s why it’s been such a blessing that I’ve been able to attend therapy for this long. But unfortunately that time has come to an end. I am no longer going to physical therapy but am still able to walk in that Ekso suit twice a week. With the new software called variable assist which allows me to use the muscle I have and the machine will power through the rest, I feel it’s going to help strengthen what muscle I do have in my legs. I am traveling down to Florida to meet with a neurologist from the University of Miami who works with the Miami Project: an organization trying to find the cure for paralysis. I’m meeting with him to talk and to get a second MRI to see what’s changed. My ultimate goal is to be a possible candidate for a research study. I ask that everyone lift that up in prayer. I also am pretty close to finally start driving. Which I am most excited about! To finally get my independence back is going to be indescribable.
A friend of my Mom’s sent her this link– http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/08/paraplegics-stimulation-paralysis/7420027/. I think this is a huge break through with the fight to cure paralysis. The amazing thing is that all these patients who did the study had injuries higher than mine. I can only imagine what would be the outcome if I’m already using braces and I was able to be apart of something like this! Please also lift this up in prayer!
School is going great and my grades are looking good. I know my Grandma is going to be most happy about that! Lol. I am speaking with an auditorium full of high schooler’s on April 25th. I ask that you lift this up in prayer as well, that Gods words will flow through my mouth. And that I can reach these kids.
I also ask that you lift up one of my friend’s father who recently was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I pray that the Lord heals his father and brings his family closer to Christ.
Thank you for your continued prayers and love! God Bless
Much Love, Shane
I’m So Blessed! I can’t thank everyone enough for all the prayers and love that’s sent my way. I have been through so much this past year and a few months. But, I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the love and prayers I’ve received. It’s overwhelming knowing how much I’m loved and cared for. Thank you God for putting such a great support system in my life.
Mannn life is good! I have been able to spend sometime down in Florida visiting with friends and family. I have been staying with my sister for the most part. I have had such a great time with her down here, we are really close. She is one of a kind that’s for sure. I was able to visit my old church and spend time with my family in Christ. My good friend Eileen, who I look up to so much picked me up along with her husband and they brought me to church. I was able to spend some time fellowshipping with them, it was great. While I was down here I went and visited my old soccer club. Got to hangout with one of my coaches, coach Tony. Who has been so good to me and my family. It was amazing to be back to my old stomping grounds. Seeing the new generation of west pines united. That soccer club was like home to me. I can vividly remember practicing and playing soccer there. I can remember when Coach Tony let me practice with my brothers team. I loved when I was able to do that especially when I got to go against my brother. Believe me no mercy was shown and that’s on both ends. I promise you I will be back on that field playing soccer one day in Jesus name!! I love being back home. Although things are different physically it’s like I never left. Back in my other home, Connecticut, I’m starting my spring semester. I’m excited to be back in school and pushing forward to get my degree. I am doing great things with the Ekso Skeleton suit. Pushing the machine farther each time. Now only if they could make the machine faster we’d be in business. I am going to be helping out with training for the Ekso with a new software program they received for the suit called variable assist. The variable assist allows me to use what muscle I have in my legs and the machine will compensate for the rest. This will help build the muscle I do have in my legs in hopes of getting them stronger. I am also doing well with my leg braces at home. I can’t tell you how nice it was to be in a tank top for a month missing that negative degree weather up north. But, it’s back to reality for a while.
I ask for continued prayers to be lifted up for more function back in my legs. That this year I will get more sensation and muscle back in my legs. I also ask that you pray for more function and sensation below my waist. As well as lifting up my friend John, that God will give him more sensation and control in his arms. God is good and will provide. We just have to stay faithful. Thank you.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog and I want to let everyone know how I’m doing. Fantastic! I have come so far in this journey but still have a LONG way to go. I thank God for allowing me to be in a situation to help others and for putting such amazing people in my path. I never would have fathomed what people with disabilities go through everyday. God has really opened my eyes to a whole new world. I am inspired by so many people that have come into my life and not just people with disabilities. I see how truly blessed I am that I think God has spoiled me. I mean this paraplegic life is tough, it takes a lot longer to do things but in reality THIS AINT NOTHIN. Well at least for me. Of course I get upset and struggle doing small things sometimes and not being in control of your bladder or bowels is frustrating as hell. But I’m here, alive and well. Moving forward with school and driving. I’m playing basketball, which I love and just recently completed 26.2 miles in the Hartford marathon in just about two hours. I am weeks away from bringing my braces home to be able to walk around in my house. I’m so anxious to be able to stand in my kitchen. Videos to come (if I can figure out how). It’s safe to say things are looking positive. I plan to hit school hard these next few years and complete my bachelor’s degree in business.
I ask that who ever reads this will take a second out of there day to lift up a friend of mines brother. Who just recently had a brain aneurism. Pray God’s healing grace over his recovery. Also my friend john, that he gets more function back in his arms and legs and that the swelling in his cervical around his spinal cord goes down. I believe the best healing is done through prayer. I am living proof and have only been injured for a year and month. Thank you for taking the time to check up on me and pray for me.
Well, it’s official. This past sunday makes a year since my accident. I can’t believe how far I have come. Looking back over this last year I just have to pause and give God the glory. I am so thankful for what I have accomplished. Since getting home on Christmas day I have gone snow and water skiing, have completed a triathlon, am currently on a wheelchair basketball team and am riding in the Hartford marathon in two weeks which is a 26 mile bike ride. What I’m most proud of though is where my heads at. My faith in Christ has helped me get through each day and continues to draw me closer. I believe God has put me in a situation where he wants me to focus on him as all I need. I could have gone in so many different directions coming out of the hospital in a mental standpoint. Haa, “stand-point.” The challenges I have overcome and still continue to over come everyday fill my with gratefulness. I have gotten some return back in my left thigh with some sensation, and my left hip flexor with some muscle. I’m praying this next year will bring me great amounts of muscle return. I started talking to high school kids through this program called Think First. It’s about spinal cord and brain damage injury prevention. I’m hoping to be able to talk with college students as well, telling my story and about the repercussions of drinking and driving. I’m blessed more than I can ever imagine. God is great! I ask that everyone can keep a friend of mine in there prayers, his name is John. I just ask that you pray healing over his life and for God to use him for great things. He is dealing with a lot more difficult situation than I could ever imagine. But I can tell from talking to him that he has a very strong spirit. God bless!!
So this past weekend I competed in a triathlon! My total time was two hours and twelve minutes. The swim was the most difficult do to the open ocean and current. I had a blast racing and the atmosphere was great. A perfect day on the shore line in Connecticut. I loved the fact that all the athletes there were cheering each other on and encouraging each other to keep pushing. One of my friends from town, Heather who competes in these races woke up super early to show me support and cheer me on. It was really nice of her to do that. I think I might be addicted to competing. I plan on entering a half marathon in Hartford during October. I also started playing with this wheel chair basketball team. I believe that competing in any physical activity is my get away from being in a wheel chair. Its so difficult going through each day knowing that I can’t play soccer again for a long time. From hiking to jogging, it legit makes me depressed and upset. I tend to try and stay away from those thoughts. But, One thing is for sure. I am blessed to be on this earth and live life. It can always be worse. And even though these thoughts of what could of been and what I am missing out on are always in the back of my mind. so is the fact that I could be dead. Which only makes me more upset knowing that one of my good friends isn’t here with me. I guess we all have our good and bad days. We just need to hold on to our blessings and the gifts God gives us on a daily bases. Always reminding ourselves that each day is a gift and to not take it for granted. I pray for peace. For guidance and to find strength to keep pushing forward everyday.