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Posted 2014-07-23T03:13:12Z

It's been a year...

Hi all, Shannon here.  I can't believe it's been a year ( July 18th, last Friday was the one year anniversary) and it felt so short and yet so long.  I have not had any huge improvements lately, but I have found new ways to get most things done with what I've got.  I am learning to accept that I will never play the piano again or cook, garden, or bicycle like I used to, but I have modified pruning sheers to hack away at my plants, and a modified cooking knife which has not drawn blood yet.  Everybody tells me I am doing so well and asks me how I manage and the truth is that I have an amazing support group.  Early on I was lamenting on all the things I could no longer do and a wise man told me that anybody that has lived long enough goes through the same thing, mine just came earlier then expected.  Another day I was super frustrated at how much I need to rely on others and another wise man told me that I need to spend some time each day being grateful for my blessings. 

I have so much to be grateful for, most of all my family.  Eric is a rock that gathers no moss because he is crazy crazy busy.  Yet somehow he always manages to find time to take care of all the details of caring for a quad.  The boys have had some difficulty adapting but now are doing quite well, especially when they found out that they can skateboard quite quickly when holding onto Mom's wheelchair.  I know that when I am down I can always count on my sister Suzanne to give me a pep talk.  My friends Colleen, Mandy,Tracey, and Jamie are always there for me.  I look forward to their comforting presence and appreciate their help. I can not believe how much support I have received from my neighbors, my work, my friends from college, and my community.  Your kind words are an amazing support.

I continue to go to physical therapy once a week.  My therapists Shelly and Ryan are awesome.  We celebrate the small victories, like the return of my left tricep and the fact that I can feel my pectoral muscles. My current goal is to be able to exercise on the exercise machine longer then it takes to get me on it. 

So, before I get all blubbery, I want to thank all of you for your help. I am strong because of all of you.

If I manage to do it right I will have posted a picture of a selfie that Kirin took.  It makes me happy every time that I see it.

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Comments (6)

  • Kathie Petersen
    Kathie Petersen

    Thank you Shannon for sharing your continuing story. It has been an amazing journey for you with many trials along the way. My Prayer Group has been praying for you from the beginning. We all praise the Lord for the progress you have made during this past year. We continue to pray for more progress for you on a daily basis. We believe in miracles and pray for a miracle in your life.

    6 years ago · Reply
  • Rick Sweet
    Rick Sweet

    You continue to be amazing.

    6 years ago · Reply
  • Jamie Corr
    Jamie Corr

    Wow, it has been a year! You have so amazing to go through to improve so much! Recently on Friday night we got together for dinner, I was watching you talking to Paul, Sam, Tracey and Eric. My jaw dropped because you are able to mobile your body, arms and head so much! I was in "WOW". Also, you have been so independent to do on your own, that is a WOW! I am so happy for you that you have been so much in progress of everything. I want to thank you, Shannon that I am able to be there for you whenever you need me. Thanks for sharing your story.

    6 years ago · Reply
  • Kristin Laughton
    Kristin Laughton

    Think of you often Shannon. You amaze me! Tell your family, the Laughtons said hello! 💗

    6 years ago · Reply
  • Michelle Ruiz
    Michelle Ruiz

    You may have succeeded in not becoming blubbery, but I did not... :) I've told you before, and I'll say it again, you and your bravery are always at the forefront of my mind. Lots of love!

    6 years ago · Reply
  • Ann Dalkey
    Ann Dalkey

    We knew you could do it! Keep up the great attitude and perseverance! - Ann & Barry

    6 years ago · Reply