Dear Friends, Dear Family,
I want to tell you why I so strongly believe in Jamie’s recovery. A few years ago, my beautiful young cousin, Ashley, was in a terrible car accident that nearly claimed her life. She suffered a C-4 spinal cord injury, along with her ankles being shattered. Ashley was told she had a 3% chance of ever walking again, that she would be in a motorized chair for the rest of her life, that she would need a ventilator to breathe and would probably never talk again. Here are some videos documenting Ashley’s continued recovery.
Ashley walking with a regular walker at the Project Walk event
Ashley walking unassisted on a treadmill:
Ashley’s Therapeutic horseback riding video, riding unassisted:
Ashley proved them wrong. Her recovery is long and slow and yet she has made continuous progress. Ashley proves to all of us every single day that the human body has a tremendous ability to heal itself and that the power of the mind is far beyond our understanding. It is also important to understand that, yes, no man is ever an island unto him or herself when it comes to recovery (or life). Ashley would not have been able to achieve all that she has, had she not had the support of family and friends surrounding her BELIEVING that she is capable of recovery.
A few friends have mentioned Jill Bolte Taylor’s recovery from her stroke experience, which she speaks about so movingly in her TED talk and in her book, “A Stroke of Insight”. In her book, she outlines the extreme importance of a positive mindset and HOPE.
This word, H O P E is not a word that one utters when all is lost. This word, HOPE, is a REAL INTENTION that indicates to us the mountaintop that we KNOW in our hearts we can climb. I am so happy to report that not only is Jamie improving and building strength in his core and continuing to make steps, but now, over the weekend, after having tried “mirror therapy” with his hands, he was able to purposely move the paralyzed fingers of his right hand, as witnessed by Jamie, Jo and I.
And to confirm the event, Jamie was able to move them again, today, Monday January 14th. Not only was Jamie able to make these fingers twitch, but he was also able, for the first time, to feel them. This makes a tremendous difference given that up until now, even though he was able to take some steps he could not detect them. Today he felt the steps and he felt the fingers. This is progress, big, massive, huge, joyful, happy-jump-in-the-air progress.
I am asking each and every one of us as you read this to please send out your good positive vibes for our Jamie. Let’s not back down the mountain, but back Jamie UP in this unexpected journey we are on! Lets get up that mountain. It’s almost winter and we have some steps to go before we reach basecamp.
“Strangers on this road we are on,
we are not two, we are one”