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Five years down

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM

As I look back over these past five years, it's hard to believe how far I have come. True, none of this journey has been easy but I have learned and gained a great deal. For instance: my vocabulary has improved immensly. I have learned much in the way of medical terminology.   I now know the difference between a Neuroseurgeon, a Neuropshycologist and a Neurologist. I've also learned the differences between occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapists. I'm also now aware of the differences bewtween closed and open head injuries.

I have met a wide variety of people I never would have met before: doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers, aides etc. I have gotten to know and have become friends with many wonderful people. Including those from my church, community, across the nation and even around the world, including special friends from  "down under." I have learned what true friendship really means. I have learned the overwhelming majority of human beings have hearts of gold. But on the other hand, I have also seen the darker side. There is a minority who are opinionated and mean-spirited.

I've learned my limitatons and my strengths: mentally, physically and emotionlly. Above all, I've learned that life can be challenging in every way but there is nothing without faith in God and love and support from family and friends. In many ways I have overcome the unthinkable and I plan to continue achieving my goals in life through hard work, a positive attitude and perserverance.

Even though most perceive me as always being positive, which I am most of the time, this journey has not been a walk in the park.  It DOES bother me when I feel like people are staring and almost seem to be judging my physical and cognitive limitations. It DOES bother me that I spent four additional years in the high school setting, while all my friends went onto college. When will it be my turn?  It DOES bother me that I need to depend on others for transportation because "they" say it's unsafe for me to drive. I just want to know when will it be safe?

Recently, I met with a new doctor who seems to be very aggresive in his approach. He has many new ideas to try out. Hopefully these ideas will help continue my healing for years to come.

Thank you for all of your past and continued support and prayers. Here's to the next five years!


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Reply Tara Pepiton
11:50 PM on August 24, 2011 
Thank you for your insight and fight. My son is also a survivor of a gunshot to the head that transversed from the right to left side. Thank you for the inspiration.
Reply Kathy
11:32 AM on August 24, 2011 
Father Reichert was right when he called you a miracle 5 years ago. We are both so encouraged by your progress and your endearing spirit and drive. You have been a true source of inspiration to Father Reichert since his stroke in December. Thank you for your continued support. We are hoping to get him back home in the next few months and then we will see what he blogs in five years! May God bless you and your family.
Reply Aunt Shawn
5:53 PM on August 23, 2011 
Wow, Rach! I can't believe it's been five years since I got that dreadful phone call and flew in from Kansas, thinking I might have to say goodbye. But, thankfully, you are a fighter and never gave up. You have fought so hard and come so far! As your Aunt Val, Aunt Carole and Aunt Tina said, you are a hero and an inspiration to all and we are all so proud of you! I hope you know how very much we all love you. And as you said, here's to the next five years! I know they'll be great!
Reply Aunt Val
8:06 AM on August 23, 2011 
I know these past five year have changed you but do you know they also changed me? Because of you I have learned to be more patient, more open minded, less critical and more flexible with my time in helping others. I have learned not to sweat the small stuff but concentrate on the whole picture. You are truly my hero and inspiration and I love you so much that it hurts. I can't wait to see what the next year holds for you! ♥♥ Aunt Val
Reply Aunt Carole
11:47 PM on August 22, 2011 
You are amazing and continue to amaze people Rachel. You are an inspiration to everyone that has the gift of meeting you, never forget that. I am so very proud of you my sweet niece and am nothing but proud when I tell friends about you. Stand tall, be proud, and continue to be as awesome as you are.........I love you girl, Aunt Carole
Reply Bev
9:41 PM on August 22, 2011 
You are truly a miracle Rachel. If you think people are staring at you, don't let it bother you. You are a beautiful young lady and have been through alot. I hope this new doctor can make all of your dreams come tru in life. I know your family has been there for you as well as friends, old and new. I'm so happy that things are getting better for you. You are loved by many and if things feel like they are moving slow, one day you will want to slow down and can't. Keep smiling and continue the improvements.
Reply Michael Shaw
9:18 PM on August 22, 2011 
You continue to be an inspiration of the highest level. I have an incredible respect for your perseverance of will, your positive outlook on life, and your ability to succeed in the face of adversity. Your experiences have laid bare a piece of you. They have allowed the world a glimpse of your tenacious spirit that continuously rises to the surface, never ceasing to shine through even the darkest of clouds. I can only imagine how difficult it is when people judge you, or tell you that you can't or are unable to do something. These people are ignorant and need go no further than your blog to see how incredibly capable and strong of person you really are. I have no doubt that for every naysayer you encounter there are at least 10 times that many people who have heard your story and know the incredible things you do every day. You have given us a great gift, a glowing example of how we should approach life. I had no idea how strong the human spirit could be until you. After 5 years of miraculous efforts I have no doubt that you will continue to progress and have new successes in all aspects of your life. As I said, you are truly an inspiration! Thank you for being such a positive force in my life.
Reply Tina, Chris & Cadance
8:59 PM on August 22, 2011 
It's hard to believe it's been 5 years since that night. I remember it so clearly. I also remember the hope that you gave us that night. The hope I felt from you that you were going to fight to come back to us. You are truly a miraculous gift from God. Not one human being alive can be positive all of the time, but when we are positive most of the time (as you are) wonderful things will happen (as they have). We pray for you every day and always will. You will always be a hero to us! We love you so very much and are so proud of all your accomplishments over these past 5 years. You are an Earth Angel, Rachel - here to inspire and give hope to so many. XOXOXO
Reply dkdeangelo
7:29 PM on August 22, 2011 
5 years!!! I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished. It is not an easy journey and I have adopted the "It Is What It Is" philosophy. We all have something we are battling and aim to do the best we can in those given circumstances. You have gained so much perspective and have journeyed so far! My love & support to you!!! Kim