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.
Its crazy how this summer just flew by. Seems like it just started. I’m coming up on the one-year mark of my accident. I reminisce of how far I’ve come. Thinking about the days I was coming out of the induced coma. Then spending those two months in the hospital rehabilitating and learning this new life I’ve been blessed with. To look back at my accident knowing what I went through and how close I could have come to death. And just how truly blessed I am to be paralyzed. Out of all the possible outcomes that could of happened. I’m here. You never really think about death when you’re young. I mean it’s evident that death is inevitable. One day we are all going to die. But as a kid barely out of my twenties you think life is all-good until one moment can take it all away.
This past week on August 22nd I lost a good friend of mine in a car accident. It’s such a surreal feeling. Especially being on the other end of it. Twenty-one is to young of age to die. Life hasn’t even started. I shake my head just thinking about it. Life is so precious. Life is a gift. Every second we are given is a blessing from God. All I can do is reminisce about the good times I had with my friend and pray I see him in heaven one day. I love you PJ.
My triathlon is less than two weeks away. I’m pumped, nervous, and anxious all at the same time. Today I went to a golf clinic and was able to use this device called the paragolfer. It’s a three-wheeler that you sit in and when your ready to hit stands you up so you can swing normally. It took a little playing around to find a comfortable yet accurate swing. Like anything else though I just need some repetition. I told my dad he better watch out when I get the hang of this thing. School starts in a week. It will be good to get back into the school grind. Looking forward to learning about my degree in business. I can’t wait until I start driving. That’s the one thing that’s holding me back. I can’t wait to be fully independent. God is good. Give thanks for the life you have and the little things that are over looked blessings; a home, showers, food, water. I have recently started getting some new sensation on the top of my left shin. Just a small surface but I’m so grateful to be feeling anything. Praise God!! I ask for continued prayers of a full recover. All things are possible through Christ! I’m living proof of that. God bless!
For someone who believes in the power of prayer. And has seen first hand Gods Healing grace. I need everyone who has been reading this to pray for my good friend PJ. He was in a terrible car accident and is in ICU right now on life support. Please stop what your doing and say a prayer of deliverance and healing. He needs it. I know from being in a similar situation that prayer is just about all anyone can do in this situation. But prayer is powerful and heads the power to heal In Jesus name. Pray without ceasing. Thank you.
First off, I apologize for not updating my blog sooner. This summer has been busy for me. My training for the Triathlon is going great. Looking to not only complete the race but also compete at a high level. Therapy has also been going great. I recently reached a distance goal in my braces. Continuing to get better with each therapy session I use them in. I went to the Cape for the fourth and have been up there almost every weekend since. I forgot how much I love spending time up there and how nice it is to just get away for a while. Getting onto the beach hasn’t been too difficult. Having the beach wheelchair for the week I was at the cape, lets just say I was spoiled. It made getting into the water and on the sand, cake. Although, we make it work regardless. I recently signed up for two business classes for the Fall. I figure I’m going to ease into it. Then by spring start going back fulltime. Things are looking good, just waiting to start driving and there’ll be no stopping me! I recently went on a water ski trip I talked about in previous post’s. This news station up here was covering the sports association an asked to interview me. I’m posting the link on here. I want to ask for continued prayers of a full recovery and that Gods plan is revealed to me. Thank you.
These past weeks have been tough. I have been going through some ups and downs. I’ve been feeling low and upset with God. Not doubting his power but that he would choose to heal me. God can do anything he chooses. His plan for me must be great for he chose to keep me on this earth. I pray that his plan is revealed and the doors will open. I can’t dwell on the past and what could have been; that’s only going to put me down. I have to be strong!
I was watching the news and saw some of the videos from the tornadoes. My prayers go out to all the families and people affected by the disaster. Seeing how fearful and scared the victims were and the struggle they face now really hit deep in my heart. How can I be upset and discouraged with the position I’m in? I’m alive, I have my family and friends and so much love from everyone around me. The people in Oklahoma that were hit by this tornado have NOTHING. Grieving over the lost ones and having to start from scratch. I can’t fathom how that must feel. After watching the reports I looked up to God and gave thanks. I’m blessed more than I can imagine. The support and love I’m shown on a daily basis helps me get through each day. I know I’m going to have rough days like everyone else. I just have to hold on to my faith and the lord with make my path straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which past to take”
It’s so simple. It’s all about trust. I think that’s what I’ve been struggling with. This situation is so new to me that I fear the future. But I take comfort in the fact that The Lord Is always with me. I just have to trust in him.
I have started practicing with my leg braces. I have to work at it as much as possible. My arms start to fatigue quickly. I’m so anxious to be able to just stand in my kitchen! It’s going to be such a great feeling. I have been getting into my training for this triathlon in September. I am pumped to compete and excited to see what doors open for me. I ask for continued prayers. I ask everyone to pray for me that I can trust in the Lords plan for me and be at peace knowing God is with me always. That the sensation and muscle comes back to my legs. God Bless and thank you for all the love and prayers!!