It’s hard to believe it’s been three years already, since I’ve been in a wheelchair. I’m so grateful and blessed to have come so far. Looking back on my life, I’m thankful for so many things, but most importantly for being able to connect with God and grow in a relationship with him. I have a long way to go in my recovery but rest assured this will be beaten one day. I want to reach a point in my life that if I could take back the car accident, I would choose not to. I haven’t reached that yet but I feel like I’m on my way. I have met so many amazing people and reached out to many others that I wouldn’t have been able to reach if this accident didn’t occur. This accident has given me perspective on life and has shaped my mindset forever. Going through this hardship from day one has been incredible to see how the body of Christ has been working and moving together, from people praying and supporting me, to being there for my parents and family. I’m so blessed to have such a strong support system, so I thank you. I thank God for leading me through this! This has allowed me to take a step (roll) back and reevaluate my life, to see what is really important. This has helped my character grow tremendously. God has given me a platform to be able to share my story and reach out to people I could of never imagined. There is so much I want to do with my life and I’m eager to get out into the world and change it forever. It’s amazing to see the other side of things, looking at the positive from every situation, choosing to live life instead of letting it drag you down. I’m going to write a book one day and make a movie when I’m out of this chair…stay tuned.
I want to ask for continued prayers of God’s healing over my body, that he sees me through this one day. That I can play soccer and stand on a boat again. Thank you!
I heard a message today about uncertainty. There are so many things in this life that are uncertain. Our careers, our health, who we will marry, when will we die? When I look back on my short life thus far, I would of never guessed in a million years that this would be the life I now have to live. Anytime I’ve ever thought of a plan or thought how the future would play out it almost never happened how I expected it to go. There is going to be uncertainty in every aspect of our lives. But I can tell you one thing is for sure…When you put your trust in God and allow him to work through you he will open doors and take you places you would never have expected. I mean look at my life, who would have thought after such a traumatic accident I would be traveling the U.S. giving hope to people in similar situations like mine. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” When I got in this accident it took me a few weeks after coming out of my induced coma. Seeing and hearing everything I went through and knowing that if it wasn’t for God Id be dead, I had no choice but to let go and let God have the reigns. For some it may be harder to do but when I did the worries and fear of of never walking again left me. I know God is going to see me through this and heal me. But, for now this is his time and I must be obedient to his word. Sometimes God makes our toughest battles our greatest testimonies.
This morning I went to A Place In Time Christian Ministries, which is a church that is led by two very close family friends of mine, Pete and Tricia Heng. The ministry they are doing is amazing, you can see Gods glory shine so abundantly through them. I am so grateful for both of them. Tricia is the strongest woman of faith I have ever met, I look up to her so much. She has helped my faith grow stronger and has helped me to put my trust in God and letting him take control. She is battling cancer and amongst everything they are going through she put’s God first, for his glory. I am so blessed to have them in my life. And I lift up continued prayers for her healing and strength for both of them.
It took me six years but I finally made the move home for a while. I am living and going to school at FIU in Miami. I left just in time as the winter came and is hitting hard. I plan to finish my education here in FL. I would love to get involved and speak to teens or college kids about drinking and driving so if anybody has connections where I could reach out to the youth please let me know.
I ask for prayers for my brother in christ John, he lives in CT and is in a power wheelchair. He can’t move his arms and has to be taken care of 24hrs a day. I ask everyone who reads this to please lift him up, ask God to give him strength and to heal his body. For God to show him his purpose. My heart is heavy. John is an amazing individual. I can attest personally that the power of prayer is real and is the strongest form of medicine around.
Thank you and God Bless!
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.