4/8/14–Shane

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

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3 thoughts on “4/8/14–Shane

  1. Amazing video! It’s a breakthrough and probably just the tip of what researchers will be able to do in the future. This is so promising Shane. I pray you’ll be able to get in on that study in Florida. Your future is looking bright! Keep shining! Love, Miss Pat

  2. Hello Shane! You had not written in a while and I’m so glad to hear from you. As far as patience goes, I think you’ve had more patience than most people experience in a lifetime! You are an amazingly strong and courageous young man. With God, all things are possible, and I have no doubt you will get out of your chair and walk on your own again. In the meantime, the University of Miami study sounds like an amazing opportunity and I pray you get in. We live in Miami, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you need a ride, etc. You can always reach me at (954) 683-0829. The video you shared with us is truly inspiring and so promising. There have been so many breakthroughs in treating spinal injuries in the last few years, and God willing, looks like there’s more on the way. Congratulations on your great school grades, by the way! You and your parents are always in my prayers. Love, Raysa McNeill

  3. Hi, Shane! I was just thinking about you and wondering how you are doing!! Sounds like there is some good progress in research. Congrats on the grades and being almost ‘there’ re driving. I am certain you made a huge positive impression on the students …..GREAT you have been helping Southington, most do not think we have any problems. Have a wonderful Mothers Day with Mom and Dad!! Did I tell you today you continue to be my hero?? Always, Pat Hill Sent from my iPad

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