Hi Everyone,

It’s hard to believe that one year ago today Corey had tendon lengthening surgery. At that time she was just beginning to eat soft solids, still had formula during the night in her feeding tube, couldn’t move her left arm and was just managing to propel her left leg forward as she walked.

Today she worked out on the arm bike, without direction from Elaine, for 20 minutes. The Lokomat was under repair but she walked 400 ft. throughout the halls with Natalie. For dinner she had chicken tortilla soup, salad and a chicken breast with green beans.

What a difference a year makes!

As we sat at the kitchen table Corey told me, “I don’t want people to think I have a disability”.
C – I have a brain injury but it’s not my fault, it was an accident but I don’t care, I’m going to get better.
M – That’s true; it’s not your fault. You could let it be an excuse to keep you from working out but I think that is why you’re getting stronger. You refuse to live with any limitations.

M – There are many days for both of us when a small voice whispers ‘just give up, it’s too hard, you’re tired, stay home, go back to bed’…but that’s when I think of Dedema’s mantra ~ Its not the challenge you face; it’s how you face the challenge.

It doesn’t matter what got us to where we are today, it’s what can come from it that is important. The only direction we have a responsibility to follow is moving forward, which is great because it means we can take our life in any direction we want! Wonder where we’ll be this time next year? xoxo