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Reply Krystal Hethcoat
6:19 PM on July 12, 2013 
I feel for you! I'm living the same nightmare
Reply De'Antrel
1:43 PM on May 10, 2013 

Hey Rachel,

I'm De'Antrel. I'm a student at Poject Search at Grady Hospital. Ms Kropp is my teacher. We were talking about the past students today and your name came up. We found your website and I just wanted to tell you I am happy to see you success. Your picture are nice and you look great. I hope you have a great year. I am graduating from Project Search on May 29th. This program has made me very happy because I learned a lot from diffient jobs sites. My favorite site is the coffee shop because I like to soicalize with people and learn about the food and cooking. I hope you write me back.

Your buddy, De'Antrel Walker

Reply Nadine Hiser
2:46 PM on January 10, 2013 

my sister in law was admitted last night with a brain bleed, origin unknown, that bleed, filled her skull with blood, forced the brain to move to the right and for a large part of the left side of her brain to be damaged by the bleed and clot. They removed a large part of the clot and today, a follow up cat scan has determined her left side is perm. damaged, and tissue is dying. She is in a coma and the Dr says <5% chance she will live.

Please tell me what you can that I can bring to my brother and his two children to encourage them at this difficult time. I KNOW she is fighting. I KNOW she wants to see her kids grow up.

thank you and may God bless you.



Reply KC
9:55 PM on January 9, 2013 

Dear Rachel, I am writing this from Methodist hospital in Indianapolis. It is day 5 in the hospital since I arrived here after my father arrived with a gunshot wound to the head. We thought the worst but less than 12 hours of him arriving he squeezed my hand and is doing better everyday. He may not even need surgery on his brain or head only on his face and sinuses. I have been dealing with this well knowing that my families life has forever been changed, however, my mother is not as hopeful as I am. I believe he will make a full recovery and reading your inspiring story gives me more hope. However, my mother believes her husband will not wake up to be the same person he was. I am trying to stay positive and keep her head strong but I am finding it hard to get her to smile and be optimistic. Do you have any advice??


Reply Lorie Steller
5:04 PM on November 12, 2012 


I have visited your site off and on.  I work with your mom, Amy at St. Matthias.  I have followed your story through this site and through your mom.  She is so proud of you!  And she should be as you are an amazing young woman.  It is unbelieveable to read your story, see your photos and watch the videos.  In one of the videos, you spoke so beautifully and you were so confident.  It is hard to believe that this was the same person who was given  a 1% chance to live.  You are an inspiration to all.  Keep believing in yourself!!!  God Bless Lorie Steller

Reply Storm Walsh
3:00 PM on October 11, 2012 

I am so happy for you, Rachel...God was and is with you.  I just can't phatthom what you and your family went through, or why someone would want to do that to such a beautiful young lady.  My prayers are with you for a full recovery!  Thanks for letting me sign your guestbook,


Reply Alyssa Juros
10:46 PM on August 16, 2012 

Dear Rachel,

On July 31st my 16 year old nephew by marriage, Clayton Frink, was hit by a car and suffered a severe TBI and other injuries.  It felt like a nightmare those first few days when he was in the ICU at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital, with us hundreds of miles away in NJ .  I was researching TBIs and came across this website, which has been a great source of inspiration.  You are so blessed to be alive and well, although I know it must be frustrating to have memory issues.  When I told my 14 year old son Adam about you, he already knew your story through his school.  Clay is making slow and steady progress but it will take him many months to recover.  Our family has had tremendous support as evidenced by his Facebook page, Pray for Clay, which has had over 5,000 visitors.  It helps to read about you and find myself returning to this site time and again.  So a huge THANKS for sharing your story and I promise to keep you in my prayers. May you continue to feel the healing love of Our Father through His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  I ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to protect you always.   -Alyssa Juros, Glen Ridge, NJ

Reply Rachel
6:58 AM on July 28, 2012 

Hi Veronica,

First of all, just surviving this type of an injury says a lot about Ron's determination and strength. He sounds like a fighter! Early in my injury I did have an infection but managed to get through it. I have not had any infections since. I'll keep Ron in my prayers. Stay strong and keep the faith!


Reply veronica gutschall
3:56 PM on July 27, 2012 

Hi Rachel,

I am a Mother who knows your world.  My son Ron, was shot in the head on Jan 5,2011 and was given a 2% chance to make it through the night.  Miraculously, he has made it but, if now suffering from skull bone infection.  I am scared this time around he has come so long and is now battling infections that the docs tell me could be fatal.  Also, our battle this week is pneumonia.   I am keeping a very positive attitude and keeping my faith...that pretty much keeps me going.  i guess my question is have you had these kind of infections? 

Reply Mike
12:43 AM on July 5, 2012 

I was an anesthesia resident at OSU the night you were admitted. I had the task of evaluating you in the ICU in case we needed to take you to surgery. I remember looking at the CT scan thinking that there was no way an injury like that was survivable. I watched your progress over the next few months as I rotated through Children's and OSU. I'm so happy to see that you've made such a remarkable recovery. You obviously have a wonderful family and friends who have helped in your recovery. Keep up the good work. You're an inspiration to a lot of people!

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