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Reply Mrs. Gaines
2:05 PM on December 21, 2015 

Hello Rachel,

     I remember you as a middle school student!  I keep you in my thoughts often and wish you only the best.  You deserve it!!!

Reply T.K. Cellar
11:38 AM on August 14, 2015 

Hi Rachel,

I still think of you everyday. You remain on my prayer list and I wish you the best always!

Reply Jessica DeShetler
3:58 PM on December 16, 2014 

Dear Rachel, 

Thank you for adding me! Drue is my son's preschool teacher, and I can tell she cares about you SO MUCH! She told me about your blog after I revealed my own diagnosis to her. Thank you for sharing your story. You are such an inspiration and give us all HOPE. 

Prayers and Blessings,

Jessica DeShetler

Reply Diana Lopez
10:34 AM on June 26, 2014 

MY name is Diana Lopez. I live in Bradneton, Florida. July 27th, 2013 My 4 year old son Davien was shot in the head when a car was shooting at another car in front of our house. Throughout this past year it had been the most stressful time of our lives. My son suffered bilateral frontal lobe brain damage when the bullet pierces through his left temporal side of his head and traveled down and across his face and logged in his right jaw while fracturing it. The bullet tore through his right optical nerve making him completely blind in his right eye. To look at him now you wouldn't be able to tell that anything has happened to him besides from seeing the scars. Physically he his fine, we are now trying to deal with the anxiety, mood disorder, PTSD, ADHD, Intermittent Explosive disorder and him being blind in his right eye. You are very brave, and very strong.

Reply Mary Kaye Potenzini
11:01 PM on June 21, 2014 

Hello to Greg and Drew--So glad me and my husband, Boze, were able to meet you tonight.  I have read Rachels story and she is a true miracle.  I will place her name on the many prayer list that I know.  Thank you for sharing her story with us.  Prayers for all of you--Mary Kaye:)

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

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