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The Six Year Update

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Well, it's that time again, another year past since that life changing night. It's hard to believe that it's been six years!

I'm still making abundant improvements in my life. Not only do I continue to work at a great job with people I respect and love being around, but my boss continues to add on more responsibility, which I’m more than happy to accept! On my weekly day off, I continue to volunteer at “A Kid Again” an organization which improves the lives of children with life threatening illnesses and their families. It feels good to make a difference in people’s lives by helping with whatever needs done in the office. I really love doing whatever I can to help these families, even if it's just from the office.

I just completed a ten week program called "Constraint-Induced Therapy" for my left arm. It was an intense program, which they often referred to as 'boot camp'. I went to therapy three times a week, and in addition, had my strong hand “mitted” for five hours a day, seven days a week. This forced me to use my left hand for ALL activities (this was very difficult and frustrating, but I managed). When I was tested at the end of the program, my left limb showed improvements in almost all areas! I plan on continuing on my own everything that I learned to even further my improvement.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I spoke at Columbus State Community College for Disability Awareness Month last October. I really enjoyed this experience and I hope public speaking is in my future. I would love to be able to share my experiences with others.

When I recently saw my Neurologist, he could not get over the improvements that I’ve made in this past year. He wasn’t just talking about my physical improvements; he was astounded by my cognitive improvements as well!

I continue to see a Neuro-Psychologist regularly. It's nice to have someone to talk with and help me cope with my day to day challenges. She really understands where I’m coming from. And at times it seems that she's the only one that does.

I am finding myself becoming more independent daily. More and more people are finally starting to trust my judgments and decision making. Sure, I’m not quite at a complete recovery, but just seeing all of the advancements I’ve made over these last six years is great motivation for me! Thank you to my family, friends, doctors, therapists and everyone else who’s been part of this recovery. I truly appreciate all of your guidance, patience and understanding and the role you each have taken in this journey. But most especially, thank you God for making this all part of your plan.

I don’t want you to dwell on this date and feel sorry for me. When you look at this day I want you to think Rachel not only beat the odds but she continues to fight to improve. I want to be known as a fighter. I do realize, especially after six years that there’s no quick fix, so I have to stay positive and keep pushing forward in order to accomplish my goals.

In a weird sort of way, what happened on this day will always keep me and my friends connected. Today, mass texts were sent out between us, reminding each other how grateful we are to have one another in our lives. The bond that we share is one that I can’t describe. Our friendship is just that special!

I love you girls!!

 

Thank you and please keep praying!

-Rachel

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4 Comments

Reply jplundine
9:24 PM on August 30, 2012 
Proud of you Rachel! You continue to do amazing things. You are one of the most amazing fighters I know! Always excited to hear how great you're doing. Keep up the fight, girl! You're still climbing!!! Jenny (& Ansley too!)
Reply Chris Karse
8:21 AM on August 23, 2012 
We were talking about you at dinner Last Night.
Keep up the hard work - it is continuing to pay off every day!
You are a Strong, Remarkable, Loving Person!
We Love You!
Reply stan weaver
8:09 AM on August 23, 2012 
Two thumbs up for you, Rachel. I know that this not an anniversary that anyone would like to celebrate. But, I am sure that your parents "Thank God" that you all can. On October 9,2012, we will celebrate my daughter's 5 year anniversary of Life. She survived a ruptured brain aneursym at the age of 20. Kimberly has come a long way since then, but still has issues with her left arm and leg. Maybe I should have pushed her more, who knows. I do know that I am very "Thankful" to be able to give her a hug! God does work MIRACLE'S as you and Kimberly have shown us all. Best of luck to you and your family. Just like I tell Kimberly, "IMAGINE"
Reply Aunt Shawn
10:50 PM on August 22, 2012 
Rach, you continue to be a shining light in all of our lives. We are so proud of you for all you have accomplished and continue to accomplish. Your amazing, positive attitude is one we can all aspire to have. We love you so much!