Hi Rachel! I read you last update and had tears in my eyes as I cannot it has been three yeras already! Rachel I have not seen you as much as other members of the family over these past three years, but the improvements are amazing everytime I do see you! Rachel I have to tell you that you were an inspiration for me while I was in school as so many times I wanted to call it quits and say that I do not need this degree that I have a job. Then I would read your updates or the times I got to see you and knew that you have the strength and the improvements that strength brought also gave me that strenght and for that I say THANK YOU RACHEL! My prayers and Aunt Michele's and Anthony's prayers are with you every night. p.s. Everyone at work has asked how you are doing as you have touched many lives! :)
if you could email me by using the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page, then I would have your email address and we can correspond with each other. I would be more than happy to share information about my experiences. Thanks for your prayers. –Rachel
I read about your story while pulling up information online for a project I am working on at school for physical therapy. it was very touching and motivating to read it. I am not sure if you or someone will get this in time as my report is due friday but I am doing my powerpoint on you. obviously i can not copy your pictures but i wanted to know if you could tell me what type of physical therapy you incurred as well as any other information you can tell me about it from your experience. I appreciate your time and hope to hear from you. My prayers are with you and that this site will be a motivational tool for many.
Glad to hear you had such a wonderful vacation - I know how much you love the beach!
Curtis G. Gans, Jr.:
Dear Rachel: I study a lot of science and/ or medical science journals in my spare time. Also, I read many modern day medical remedies via the internet specifically the "Doctors" NBC program website. Therefore, your Neurosurgeon physician and/ or specialist should look into Stem -Cell research. Although the stem- cell technology has a tremendous amount of political debatable ramifications, it still may be quite helpful to you, your dad and mom. I heard in some medical cases that stem- cell research & technology has been used very successfully on patients with your similar medical condition, by brilliant doctors and scientist in certain parts of Europe and far east Asia. Remember dear, you look great and your doing really well in all aspects of life. You and your parents are strong, good people. Sincerest, Curtis G. Gans, Jr.(CURT):):wink:
HELLO FROM DOMINICAN!!!! you would love the cute boys and the sun! hope your summer is going well and i will be back before you know it. august 6th!! LOVE YOU BEAUTY
It is so cool that you got to meet Coach Tressel! He is truly one of the good guys, and I'm so proud to have him as the coach of our Buckeyes. I'm also so proud of your accomplishments every single day.
Hope work is going well for you. It won't be long until I see all of you at the beach, and I CAN'T WAIT! It will be a blast!
Love you bunches!
Rachel, Glad you are doing well. You look great from your progression of photo's. I went to college with your mom Drue. She has my facebook information if you would like to check my family out. You have gotten to meet some pretty cool people in your journey. I know coach Tressel and he is a good man. Keep rockin. Sincerely, Michael Palahnuk
I bet that made your day to met coach Tessel! How is your summer going? Going anywhere for vacation? We will be traveling to Phoenix in a few weeks. Take care and it was really nice seeing you at Cadance's party.
WHAT AN HONOR TO MEET "THE COACH" FROM OHIO STATE! I have never seen you this happy. You just glowed all over! I love you sooo much!!
We are still following your progress thru your website and it is great to see that you are so positive and doing so well. Congratulations on your graduation. No more studies for a while and you can now spend your summer near a pool. How good is that!!! We are heading your way in a week or two from our cold winter down under here in OZ so looking forward to getting some of that warm sun back into our bones and maybe getting to say hello to you.
Ian & Rosanna
Congrats on your summer job!
Hey Rach! i know i've talked to you on facebook but you didn't tell me you had a job!! girl that means ill get to see you more this summer!!! good luck girl and rock it out!! cant wait to see you! and keep up the great work! love and miss you!
Hey Rach!!! i feel like i haven't heard from you in a while!! How have you been? I have been pretty good, just glad to be finished with this year of school, but now i am working and staying busy!! So we are coming to Ohio at the end of July! I am real excited to see you, maybe one of these days you'll come to Kansas!! Hope all is well, Love Always, Katie
RACHEL, HI! I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ON YOUR GRADUATION. YOU'RE DOING SO GREAT! YOU REMAIN IN MY PRAYERS.
WITH LOVE, THOUGHTS, AND PRAYERS,
Hi Rach! It was so nice to see you and the family at Bailie's graduation party. You are beautiful - inside and out! I am, and always will be proud of you and everything you have accomplished. Congratulations on graduating from the career center!
Love you always, Aunt Val
Margie Crow, Anchorage AK:
My son was shot in the head on March 15, 2009. The doctors told us he had a 1% chance of survival and if he did survive he WOULD be in vegetative state. We took in every word they said & we believed our son would not want to live like that. But, since the very moment I saw him on the hospital bed, I had this inner feeling that he was going to make it. The hospital staff, my husband and immediate family told me to let him go. I have regretted this decision every since and do believe that he would be alive today had I not given the final word. I hate myself so much. Our family is trying to move on without our son & brother, but find it so hard since I still so believe he would have made it!! I am in counseling and trying to work through these emotions. I wish I had never listened to the damn doctors. The naysayers of belief... I will continue to pray for your recovery and please pray for ours. God bless and thank you.
WHAT GREAT NEWS - A SUMMER JOB, AND AT THE POOL!! YAHOO!! BEST OF LUCK TO YOU - I KNOW YOU WILL ROCK AT THIS!!
Hello Rachel, Ian and I will be in Worthington soon and I understand we are going to be able to get together and say hi in person. The two of us are so looking forward to this and are continually amazed at the determination and progress you have made thus far and are continuing to make. All the best, cant wait to actually meet you. Our love and prayers are with you every day. See you soon.
How fun about the job at the Pool!! Sounds like fun and what a great summer job that will be for you. I am soooo proud of you and your continued progress girly. Right now I am bottle feeding a kitten I rescued and checking emails. I found him in the middle of Russell st so I named him "Russell" (glad I didnt find him on Marvin or Virgil st !! ) I miss you Rach, stay strong, have fun, and I will see you soon....love and hugs and laughs, love you Aunt Carole
Hi Rach! Just wanted to say hello and say that I can't wait to see all of you over Memorial Day weekend.
Love you bunches!!!
What a wonderful display of hope, emotion and support!
I am so inspired by your Story, God truly is wonderful! Thanks for sharing your Story...
Hey lovie. everyone is home soon and schooooools almost out for summer. getting SO excited. can't wait for quality summer girl time.
LOVE YOU beautiful, keep smiling
I don't have the words x
GLAD UR WITH US AND ILL PRAY EVERYDAY U GET BETTER AND STRONGER.TAKE CARE RACHEL.
Thank you for sharing your story. Your courage, hard work and determination has made your path a bright one.
The randomness of the internet has brought me some place tonight that opened my eyes and my heart. You will forever be in my thoughts and my prayers.
I wish you health and happiness, from the looks of things you are being blessed with both.
HI, RACHEL! IT'S BRENDA. YOU LOOK GREAT! IT'S REALLY GOOD TO HEAR YOU JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER. I CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOUR FULL RECOVERY. YOU ARE SO STRONG AND DETERMINED. I'M SO PROUD OF YOU. ALWAYS REMEMBER- I WAS IN YOUR SHOES. YOU CAN ALWAYS TALK TO ME.
WITH LOVE, THOUGHTS, AND PRAYERS, BRENDA
I just came across ur site from Harry, I was a grade above you. Wow I'm so amazed of how far you have come. I'm so proud of you. Keep up on the great work and I will keep you in my prays.
Rachel, I check your progress reports often. You are so special, your determination is paying off big time. You are going to benefit all of your life from the many strengths you have demonstrated during this part of your journey. Say hello to Krista for me. LOVE and PRAYERS, MEL
I wish you could come Sunday but everything is so crazy with finals, see you in three weeks though. GET EXCITED FOR SUMMER. love youuuuu
SPRRRRRING WEATHER is soooo so great. cant wait to enjoy it together, my life is insanely busy right now, two jobs and 17 credit hours ad volunteering, but oyu know ill try my hardest for rach tcma time. miss you dearly. love you infinite amounts
I hope things are going great for you. You look increadable. we are all so proud of you.
Hi Rach! Just letting you know I'm thinking about you! Hope you have a great day!
Hello Rachel. It has been awesome to read about your wonderful progress and we have followed this with so much interest. We will be in Worthington at the end of June and we are staying with our friends Sandy and Phil Wigginton. We hope that we can finally meet you and have a chat. We are so looking forward to this. Keep on improving and going forward. Love fromus and Australia. See you soon. God Bless,
Ian and Rosanna Barton.
We met at St. Michael's Fish Fry and I was amazed at the progress you have made. You will be MY inspiration to keep going no matter what God throws at me from now on. It was a pleasure meeting and spending time with you and your father. I hope we meet again soon. Diana (D2)
For some reason I thought of your story today (after reading about it a few days after you were shot). I decided to do a little searching on the internet to see if I could find out how everything turned out.
I was happy to see that you are doing so well!!! Keep up the great work ...you are truelly an inspiration
Kelsey Long :
Hey Im Kelsey,
I Like To Say Im Sorry For Whats Happened to You
But I Hear Your Doing Well
Im Friends With Your Cousin Anthony
& The Nurse Who Took Care Of You In The Hospital is My Aunt Heidi Eddy
Im Very Happy To See That Your Doing Better
& Every Time I Think Of You I Cry Beacuse i Feel So Bad
But You Are An Incredible Inspiration
& I Hope Everything Goes Well For You
& Ill Keep You In My Prayers
Regarding Physical Rehabilitation after TBI:
Biofeedback Rehab Work by Dr. Brucker
hiiiii rach babes, I'm sad I probably wont be able to see you after school today, I have my last final at 3:30... you know what that means though, spring break for the next week and a half for me, aka no stress, and lots of time to hang out! love the picture from your birthday, I think it's a keeper haha I love you girl
aunt michele / uncle larry:
Good Morning Rachel, We Hope you had a Wonderful Birthday!!!Happy Birthday To You. The Big 20!!!!!! We Love you so much!!! We will see you soon.
love ya lots........Uncle Larry & Aunt Michele
Just another brain injury survivor here to wish you a very Happy Birthday. Hope you have a wonderful year!
Rita of Texas
P.S. you continue to inspire
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I LOVE YOU!!!!!
Oops forgot to say Happy Birthday. Twenty is such a good age.
Rachel I am enjoying the progress. My little girl (14 now) was involved in a terrible accident. Killing her little sister and her grandparents, Brandy was spared with a Tbi severe, and a lot of internal injuries. Reading your updates helps me to stay positive. Please visit her websight. http://www.carepages.com/carepages/BrandyRacy
I think Brandy would love to hear from you. We are one year post injury. She is progressing forward just like you.
Love Jennifer Racy
Happy Birthday sweetheart, You are still and always will be MY INSPIRATION! Love you to bits!
carrie and garret:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL!
We love you and can't wait to see you soon! -Carrie and Garret
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! AND MANY MORE!!!!
Love, Aunt Val
happy birthday! have a great day. love, U-C
Rachel, HI! You look so good! I'm glad to hear you're improving and doing better. The good news just keeps getting better! I know it's tomorrow, but I'll tell you today-HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have a great day on your b-day! You remain in my daily thoughts and prayers. As does your family, friends, and all your loved ones. Stay strong! You've already proven how very much you are! I'll keep raying. With love, thoughts, and prayers, Brenda
How have you been. Sorry I havent kept intouch for awhile. I've been a little busy! But I've seen how much you have improved and i wanted to let you know how proud of you i am! When I come down there this summer to see Tina. We'll have to hang out! go to lunch or something. love you and miss you rach!
I pray for your improvement everynight!
Im so sorry! I was looking up about teens being shot with a 22. My son was shot on Jan. 7th, 09 in the frontal lobe with a 22. He is going through the same thing as she is. This breaks my heart! I wish herall the best in life! I will say a prayer for her & her family! Your site is so touching & it shows the power of GOD!
Hi sweet girl,
Glad you are keeping your positive attitude and work ethic. I never doubted you for a second. Love you so much!
I am leaving for KY right now to compete for the weekend, just thought of you. I hope everything is going well. I can't wait to see you! Cross your fingers for sometime in March. LOVE you
MEL: Rachel every nite my prayers have you and Krista Babe front and center. Your continued RECOVERY is GREAT !!!!
GOOD MORNING! Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know I am thinking of you and to say I LOVE YOU! Hope your days are full of laughter. Can't wait for us to spend some time together. Love, Aunt Val
Website, not sight like your eyes!
Hi Rachel! I have never met you but I use to be really good friends with your cousin, Brittany. I heard about your sight and have been checking it over the last year. I am so inspired by your bravery and courage. Whenever I feel life is treating me unfair, I think of you and what happened. It really makes me about what is important! I am so proud of you!
Hiiii lovie. hope you are enjoying the warm weather;) makes me excited for spring and long walks! love you to death
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed our afternoon of cupcake baking (and I'm sure Kenzie and Joe loved eating them too!). Let's plan our next road trip to Marysville to visit Carrie and Garret soon - they can't wait.
Good luck with everything you are doing. I am very glad to hear your doing well!!
Good Monday Morning! I am thrilled to hear all the wonderful news you are receiving from the doctors. Keep up the good work!! Did you watch the super bowl with your dad? What a game!!! GO STEELERS! Love and kisses to you and your family!
Just wanted to say hi and let you know I'm thinking about you, as always. What a long day you've had with the neuro psych testing! Sounds like it's time for a nap! Tell everyone I said hello! Love you bunches!!!
Hiii pretty. Glad the snow is semi melting. hope you enjoyed your snow day miss you hope to see you sooooon
Hi Rachel! I hope you are having a wonderful time back at school and getting in the swing of things before finals. Good luck studying for those. I just finished up with the last day of sorority recruitment...finallyyy. I hope you can come back soon and meet my little. I am not sure who she will be yet, but I am sure you will love her. I am competing next week for Mock Trial at Wake Forest, so hopefully that goes well. I think there are some competitions coming up in Ohio my parents may go to, if you are interested you should join them! I really hope I get to see you soon, I am going to try to come home March 1 for a day just to say hi to everyone, so you betterrrrr be in town or else! Well keep me posted on life, i miss you a lot. Love you!
Hello Rachel We are from Australia but have friends in Colombus Ohio who know you through their son who I understand was a classmate with you. We read about the incident in a newspaper here just after it happened and our friends in Ohio also told us about it and the impact it was having on people in the area and at the school. We have tried to stay in touch with your situation via our friends as best we can from such a long distance away. Yesterday, during our last inquiry, our friends told us to Google "Rachel Barezinsky" as there is quite a lot on the internet about you. After doing so we have discovered a lot more about your story, what happened and the inspirational rehabilitation you are going through. We are visiting our friends in Ohio in late June 2009 and who knows, we may get an opportunity to meet you and say "hello" but we are in the hands of hosts so we can't presume anything on their part. Stay strong. We will continue to monitor your progress and with your wonderful attitude and fighting spirit the future looks very good. Love & kind regards Ian & Rosanna Barton South Australia
While on the internet I stumbled across your story. I am a 36 yr old single father of a wonderful 8yr old son...My eyes teared up while reading this story..I am so sorry this happened and am happy to see you doing better. You are a beautiful woman inside and out, and I wish the best to you and your family. God bless you, Rachel..Eric
Hi Rachel, I pray for you every night to get better. I love you and miss you.
Hi Rachel, We our really glad your better. Danielle, Mitchell and I miss you. You should come visit us.
I teach at TWHS. Though I wasn't there when your incident happened, I recently heard about your story and went to check out the website. You are truly a miracle and an inspiration.
awesome news on your updates!!!!!!
I had a brain injury in 2007 and found your phenomenal journey through youtube. Words are a bit fruitless when trying to describe my admiration for you. Thanks for updating those of us who need the inspiration. I'm on myspace if you or any other brain injury persons would like to trade traumas and miracles.
sup rach babes?! I love you and am so happy to be home for gooooood!! yayyy I love you so much
Good Morning! I just got done shoveling snow (ugh). Did Columbus area get any? They put our local schools on a two hour delay. Hopefully this is it for awhile! I can't wait for those warm summer days when we can lay by the pool and let the sun warm us from head to toe! I am thrilled for you that you are receiving such great reports from the docs. I knew all along you were tough - a true Barezinsky! I miss you sooo much! Let's get together real soon! Love you much!!!
hi rach! chris, cadance and i really enjoyed seeing you this weekend! we're so proud of you! i just sent the pics in a slideshow - you look great!
Hope the nails still look pretty my love!
HEY RACH....hope your enjoying the winter break. Looking forward to seeing you early Monday morning!!!
Happy new year my love! cannot wait for another year of improvements and memories! LOVE YOU
Happy New Year, Rach!
Rachel, you are a beautiful, strong, and courageous young lady and a role model for so many people. Your wonderful family has been there for you, helping you every step of the way, and in doing so helped make your miracle happen. We all wish you the best in the future.
I hope you will have a great Christmas and a good new year.
How is your cat doing ?
I forget do you have a dog?
Again hope you have a good Christmas,
WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!!! you never cease to amaze us with your progress--you are our hero! if we don't get to see you before, have a very merry christmas! we love you!
TCMA and Suey:
get ready for an acker invasion. me suey and grammy are planning on coming to see you this week. Miss and love youuuu
Hi Rachel, Just wanted to thank you and Greg and Drue for coming to Carrie Jo's program on Tuesday night. She was so proud to have you guys there.
Also...I hope that your mouth doesn't hurt too much. I still have my wisdom teeth, so I don't know what you're going through. Hang in there.
And on another note...Chuckie's basketball team won again tonight. They are 2-0!!!! GO HORNETS!
Have a good night.
Just wanted you to know we're thinking of you - hope everything went well!
Hello to you! How was the wisdom teeth surgery? When Jaimie & Hannah had them out they were the biggest babies ever! Make sure to milk it (like my girls did) so you can receive that "TLC" treatment! When does your Christmas break start? Hopefully, I can bring Pappy up to visit over the holidays. I know how much he enjoys spending time with everyone! Call me when your mouth is back to normal. Love, Aunt Val
PS I am so proud of you! Keep up all those positives! You are shining like the brightest star on a clear night!
Hi Rach. Good luck today when you get your wisdom teeth out. I had mine out years ago, and it wasn't so bad. I sure am going to miss you in the kitchen the next few days. You are always the highlight of my morning, and seeing and talking to you is a great way to start my day at work. Take care.....Much love to you and a big hug!!!!!!
I know that you are having your wisdom teeth removed today and wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you! Your dad is right - you've been through worse! But it's still not the most fun you'll ever have, that's for sure! Hang in there and use this an excuse to have extra smoothies & ice cream. See you soon and love you bunches!!
Good luck for everything from Italy...
Hi pretty! Hope you stuffed yourself silly on T day and that the fam time was great! My whole fam misses you and you were one of the things we were SO thankful for on thanksgiving. Youre amazing. keep on smiling beauty.
Hi Rachel - thanks for the heads up about you being "not so quiet"! I'll remember that the next time I see you! I hope you have a wonderful fun and family filled Thanksgiving. And - if hugs are going around, please give one to your stepmom Drue and to your aunts Brooke and Shawn from me!! Love, Lisa
Rachel I first want to send a hug, second I bet the feeling (from the update) has passed. Right? Well Rachel you are one of the bravest people I know. It is ok to have a down day once and awhile but try to shake it as fast as you can. I do know what your feeling, I have had to tie my shoes with one hand, I know the feeling of your friends going thier own ways and even the little struggles thouout the day. It can get overwhelming. But.. please know Rachel that there is always somone who truly does understand and and email me any time you need to, ok? I never had anyone who had been there there to say it will be ok but now I do:). YOU give me hope and for that, thank you. Things will be ok, I promise. A little trick I learned while at Dodd Hall was the thoght that there is always somone out there that had it worse than me. And boy did that help on the lowest days. Anytime you need, I'm here ok? I will be your cheerleader if you need. Hang in there- it does get better. Never give up! Amy Chafin
Erin Desmond :
Rachel...It was great to meet you at my Aunt Shawn's today! I had fun looking through pictures with you. You are a fun girl to talk to. I'm sure I will see you at the Lavelle's annual Christmas party Have a great Thanksgiving!
Hi beautiful girl, I love the pic of you and Krista all ready for the OSU game! Your hair is getting long too!! I read the update on your site. I know you get frustrated.....I totally understand. When I was fighting cancer, "why me"?? was my common phrase. It stinks I know, but you are an amazing person and you give strength to everyone around you. Keep up the good work, if you have a down day then have a down day. Just know when those down days happen that you are a hero, an inspiration, a miracle, and one of the most fabulous people I know. Stay strong Rachel, I love you bunches,
I just wanted to say hi and remind you of how very much I love you! U.P. and I will be in Columbus on Wedneday morning for the Thanksgiving weekend (although we will be going to Cadiz for part of the time) and cant' wait to see everyone!
Love you bunches!
HI pretty Girl!!! How are you?? We have had snow flurries here in KY, any in Columbus?? I sure miss you, hope to see you soon!!!
Heyyy pretty girl, I feel so special to have gotten a shout out on your memo page. haha butttt I am coming home next wednesday for thanksgiving break until sunday, so we will have lots of time to hang out. how about our usual panera trip? maybe twice? hehe yayyy
and then after xmas im home for good. I CANNOT WAIT. I love you so so much pretty girl, hope you are having a good start to the week! I LOVE YOU!
...I always wondered where all those cookie crumbs in my bed came from! Now I know! Love you, Rachel.
HEY PARTNER IN CRIME I hope you're ready to get in some trouble I come home in 4 days and I'll be on break for almost 6 weeks! Which means a lottttt of KenzRach time. Cookie dough? Oprah? Nap at my house? Let me know how that sounds.
Love you to the stars and back.
Hi Rachel- I'm Drue's second cousin and you and I met in Grove City this past August at the family picnic. You are such a sweetie - and have a much quieter voice than I thought possible for a former cheerleader! :-) Seriously though - I stay updated through your website and you and your family continue to be in my prayers. Good luck on the job search - I have high hopes for you! Take care and please give hugs to everyone! Lisa
Hey Rach!!! How have you been? I miss you so much, and can't wait to see you! I don't know when we will be able to visit again but hopefully soon! You look great in your newest pictures and i miss you! Love you and hope all is well!
its me a i got my smiley faces backward lol on that last message well g2g luv ya bye
its chuckie im watching the steelers right now its halftime an we're losing
i made the basketball team yay!!! we have pictures tomorrow well g2g the games coming back on
morning pretty girl!!! :) even though I'm sure you have been up for a couple of hours, but I just got up about a half hour ago, which is actually pretty early for me.. There was pounding at my door, and I opened it, and one of my residents was crying.. Her and her room mate got into a huge fight, and she didn't know what to do.. It was so sad, they were not very happy with one another, so I think one of my favorite residents is going to move out :( I'm sad, I loveeee her. But oh well. It won't matter much soon because I will be coming home FOR GOOD! :) I am so so soooooo excited. Isn't it so weird I am going to be an official buckeye? Geesh I am too excited. I will be home soon for Thanksgiving, so I will see you then pretty thing. Unless I come home sometime before then, which lets face it.. Will probably happen! haha I hope school is going well, do you still see Christopher Derosa? (spelling?) if so, tell him I said hey! oh and your fav Kendal! :) hehe I love you wider than my arms can go! and miss you even more than that!
So glad the guestbook is back! You continue to be so amazing and inspirational. Hope we get to see you on Thanksgiving. Cadance is getting so big and is so much fun - come see her sometime!
Hiiii Rach girl!! So it is official!!! I AM GOING TO BE A BUCKEYE!!!! :) yayyy I got into OSU a couple of days ago, and I know we have texted about it, but I just thought that I would remind you because I am SOOO over joyed. haha I cannot wait to come home, and this means we get to spend a lot more time together now too!! YAYYYYY! I just chatted with you earlier when my momma was picking you up, and you sound like you are doing great. I think the next time I will be home will be over Thanksgiving and I will obviously be coming to see you, but December 19, I will be home FOR GOOD!!! :)
yayyy no more Toledo for me haha.. I love and miss you pretty girl! So excited to see you over thanksgiving, I am sure your hair will be 5 feet long by then! hehe I LOVE YOU PRETTY GIRLLLLLL!!!!
Thanks so much for the visit last night! I was so surprised and excited to see you and Drue. It really made my birthday extra special. Hugs and Kisses
Hi! My name is Emily. Your Aunt Linda is a good friend of mine - she watched my girls for me while I taught at Licking Heights. I just wanted to let you know that you have someone cheering and praying for you in Maplewood, OH too. I check in on your website from time to time and I am amazed by the progress you have made!! You are truly a miracle and an inspiration to others. Your dad sure is devoted to you - that is awesome. Anyway, hang in there. Good luck with your daycare job search.
You get prettier every time I see you! I am so proud of everything you have accomplished. Hopefully we can catch up during Thanksgiving. I love you so much!
carrie and garret:
Just wanted to let you know we were thinking about you this weekend! We love you and we miss you!
-carrie and garret
Hi Rachel. I just wanted to let you know what a joy it is having you help out in the kitchen with us each morning. Your such fun and I love joking with you.
Since I was the last one to sign your guestbook before it was closed, I wanted to be the first to sign it again. I just like to remind you how much you are loved! It was wonderful to see you and the whole family last weekend. It was fun to meet Adam Taliaferro with you and hang out with you at Atchygate and at home. I love seeing all the photos from the game. Can't wait to see you and the family again at Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Hi Miss Rach,
U.P. and I are in Washington DC right now but I just saw all the photos from your vacations in Virginia Beach and N.C. I wish we could have made it to V.B with you this year. Hope to make it to the beach next summer with all of you! Oh, and you and the family all look fabulous! We love you bunches! See you in a couple of weeks.
Jeff and Maribeth Krzys:
I am your dad's cousin and I work with your Aunt Kathy. We looked at your website this weekend and congratulations on your fantastic recovery.
Keep up the good work and wish you continued success.
Jeff,Maribeth,and Janie Krzys
Mike and Christy Bass:
Hey Rachel... I met you at the bank my wife and I wanted to say hello and God bless. We will look for you at mass you can meet Emma.. Have a good vacation
I'm a high school friend of your Aunt Shawn. I emailed her today and she gave me your website info. My home is now Ocala, Florida where I work for city government. My husband is in the Dutch Navy and is visiting me this week. Yes, we live on two different continents. Weird, I know, but we have to do it for two more years and it has been three already. My My brother, Jani, (pronounced Yanni)was in the same class as your stepmother, Drue. He lives in Knoxville. Keep the faith. You are a beautiful,and intelligent girl. Best of everything to you. Barbara-Astrida Trupovnieks
Good morning Rachel,
Just wanted to wish you a great vacation in North Carolina - I know how much you LOVE the beach so I'm sure you're excited! Kenz and I will be over to visit next week when you get back. See you then!
You missed a great game last night! The team Chuckie played has only lost 2 games...until last night :^) Chuckie assisted in the final out of the game. I was very proud of him! Caitlin plays tonight in Johnstown. Wish us luck!!!
All my love,
Hope your enjoying this gorgeous day!!! If you're not doing anything tonight..come out and see Chuckie play ball. Call if you're interested and I'll get you the time and the place. It's not too far from my house. The girls are going to a Clippers game with their daddy. It's team night and they get to walk on the field and have their names announced. They're pretty excited. Be good and we'll chat soon. Love me!
Rachel...here's wishing you a wonderful summer! Hope you have some fun things planned. Take care!
Hugs to you, your Dad, and Drue :-)
Hello gorgeous. It's one of your favorite lunch ladies. Just want to wish you a wonderful summer. I sure am going to miss your smiling face everyday. See ya next year......
We here at Lakewood Middle have been following your story, thanks to Aunt Shawn. I know you have received many unknown prayers and well wishes. I cheer every time I hear or read about your progress. Your attitude is a great inspiration...much like your Aunt's. God bless.
Hey Rach!! I was just sitting at work and thought of you! You look soo good in the new pictures! Well i hope that your summer is off to a good start. I've just been busy working! Last weekend Ashtyn got married, it was a very beautiful wedding. I'll tell my dad to send you guys some pictures! Alright well i love and miss you! Katie-
Hello Little One! I was just thinking of you and thought I would write you a few lines. Are you enjoying the summer days with your friends now that school is out? Hannah is staying at OU to take summer classes, Jaimie is moving to Pittsburgh next month and is also taking summer classes and Joe is working for the school cutting grass (he came home with poison ivy). I am so proud of you and everything you represent. You continue to shine even on a gloomy day! I miss you and can't wait for us to get together. Remember you promised me we can lay out by my pool and maybe take a swim. Don't forget! Love you forever! Aunt Val
aunt michele :
Good Morning Rach,
I just viewed your site and seen your picture for May 29th. you look AWSOME!!!!
You are a true angel in my eyes. we are so proud of you. keep up the amazing work.
Are you out of school now, hope it was a great year for you. Anthony finished friday, He had one Exam. we pray for you and love you bunches!! Your FRIENDS are awsome-you can tell they love you lots!!! your sites are great.
We will see you at Cadance's birthday party the end of June. you never seem to amaze us. keep up the good work.
love ya Bunches, Aunt Michele
Life is busy up here with exams coming up but only like a week till its summer for both of us!! YAYYY cannot wait. see you soon lovie. hope the end of your year goes swell
Aunt Carole :
Hey cutie patootie! I just checked your site to see "what was new"! I watched the video "remarkable support" from YouTube for the first time. I loved it!!! What AMAZING friends you have. I am so thankful for all of them, we should all be so lucky to be so blessed!! I love ya girly and I (and Todd) will see you the weekend of June 7th!! You continue to amaze me. Love, laughs and many hugs, Aunt Carole
Rachel, I live in Oxford, Ohio but I am from Columbus, so I read the Columbus Dispatch everday. I read your story last year and wow! You really are a miracle. I had a traumatic brain injury when I was 21 yrs old. I am 43 now. I was in an accident with a semi-truck on 71 N near Worthington. While our circumstances are different, many of your pictures are similar to ones I have of myself-the hospital, therapy, the friends. I had no short term memory for awhile but it did come back. I bet you've been told "your youthful age is a plus" many times. I got tired of hearing it, and may have even doubted it, but it really is true. You have everything going for you-brillant doctors and therapists, supportive and loving family and friends, and the inner strength and work ethic to perserve. Congratulations on your stunning recovery and keep fighting! Get lots of sleep and if you can tolerate strenous exercise (aerobic, cardio) that seemed to help me then and even 22 years laters, still makes a difference with my memory. I will keep you in my prayers!
hiii sweet girl,
hope you enjoyed the panera date with all the girls i will see you again soon. keep being amazing i loooove you
Hope all is well with you!! Track is done and school will be done this week, so i'm pretty excited about that! it was really good to see you over spring break! Well hope your classes went well and i miss you and hope to see you soon!
I miss you Rach!! all my friends here at school love hearing about you and the amazing progress you are making, and they would LOVE to meet you so get your big butt down here and come visit me!! they just put a Chipotle in uptown and I think it has Kenz and Rach lunch date all over it!! love you forever and ever!!
I am the school nurse at your Aunt Shawn's school, and have been following your life since your accident. I think about you often and continue to pray for you. You are such a beautiful girl and an inspiration to us all.
thinking of you! Nurse Janet
Good morning, Rach,
Just wanted you to know that Kenzie's Grandma Taylor (my mom) had a request from her lunch table at Stygler Village Retirement Center for an update on "Rachel" - not many of them are hooked up to a computer so Grandma wrote down all the highlights I gave her of your last few months and read it to her lunch table. They all "ooh'ed and aah'ed" and you received a huge round of applause when she was finished. They thanked her for the update and said they continue to think about you often and keep you in their prayers. Just thought you would want to know!
Rach babes! wellll I think you did a fabulous job at slate hill, and I think you should become a public speaker hehe
well IM HOME FOR SUMMER SOOOO SEE YOU SOON LOVER GIRL!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!
hey whats up? today i hit a in the park homerun!!!!!it hit the fence i was flying i was going so fast i shoulve had 2 but the ump called me out at home luv ya
Thanks for the updates - they made my day (I get really excited when there are new pictures!)! Give Amy and Drue a big Mother's Day hug from me. See you soon.
Hi Sweetie!!! I am so very PROUD of you!!! You did an awesome job today at Slate Hill!!! Way to go!!! I LOVE YOU!!!! You are an inspiration to all of us!!! Kisses and Hugs
Hi Rachel. You look awesome! Drue talks about you all the time. I'm so glad to hear you're doing so well. My daughter, Rachel, asks about you all the time. You're amazing! Keep up all your hard work. You are an inspiration to so many people. God has wonderful plans for you.
Rachie -- we found your missing earring!! Remember last week when you came to my house (and I snuggled in your neck and made you giggle!!) and we watched Grey's with Mags and Tessa's roomies? Well, I found your earring this weekend and i will give it to you WEDNESDSAY when you come over for dinner with Tessie and the girls and me and Grammie, ok?!
I hear you had oh so much fun at Champs on Saturday. I'll ask you about it when I see you on Wednesday, ok?
I love you my precious,
Hi Rachel how are you? Your father sent me this site, its wonderful. I'm so proud of you and think of you and your family often. Take care, Never give up!
Rachie, it was SOOO much fun seeing you Thursday night. Do you remember what we did? (hint: TV show). Do you remember what we ate? (hint: you asked for no mushrooms).Your hair looks AWESOME! You are such a sassy thing.
Last questions: Who's coming to town this week and wants to see you? (hint: she's related to me) And what day are you and Mags and Tessa and her roomates coming for dinner? (hint: it starts with a "W")
I love you madly, as always.
"UC" uncle chris:
Hi Rachel, what a busy life it is right now, working these hours and playing with cadance every waking moment that I have. still trying to finish this album, but it's going way too slow - just not enough time! anyways, I was thinking about you today and thought I would write and share something with you. as I watch little cadance grow up, thoughts of how she will grow up enter my mind daily and one thing that is a constant - I hope that she can grow up and be as courageous, beautiful and powerful as you are. you are every bit of amazing as you are wonderful. I hope you know how proud I am to be your uncle. come and play with cadance one day, she is standing now and babbling like crazy. take care and see you soon. uncle chris
hiiii pretty. Cant wait to see the new hair! hopefully shawnie can bring you up to campus for a lil visit! I miss you and love you so so much!!
Hi Sweet girl! Okay, who is the Cutie Patootie you are with at the TWHS game on your website? The most recent picture of you? I love your Tie-Dye Ohio State shirt!
Love you, Aunt Carole
rach bare you look absolutely beautiful in the picture of you at the softball game.. I swear everytime I see you, your hair is an inch longer! but GUESSS WHATTTT?!
I come home for summer TOMORROWWWWWW!!!!!!!!
ahh can you believe that? i am so excited. sunny days, poolside, with some jamming tunes.. GET PUMPED pretty girl.. I love you!!!
GOOD MORNING! How are your classes coming along? When do you finish up with school? I just wanted to say hello and tell you that I LOVE YOU and think of you often. Can't wait for us to lay on the rafts and float along all day. (Make sure to bring your sunscreen!)You make me proud! Love, Aunt Val
I love you so much sweetie!!! And your hair looks BEAUTIFUL!!!!! XXXX's and OOOO's Shawn
Hello, my darling grandchild. You received a message from David Eiteman today. He is a very special friend of mine from long ago. He lived right up the street from me, and was in my grade at school. We used to do lots of things together--ride bicycles in the street--we were so proud that we could ride backwards--sitting on the handle bars! We walked on top on the sewer line that ran through the Duke Forest to the treatment plant. This sewer line was at least 20 feet in the air--if our mothers had known they would have killed us!!! I think we may have had a sort of crush going in our growing-up years, but, alas, David and his family moved away somewhere in our high school years. I still remember making pop-corn with him in his kitchen. He is a very special friend---so many wonderful memories of growing up on Pinecerst Rd. in Durham, N C.---love always to you, my wonderful granddaughter. Reebs
Rachel, HI! Brenda here! You are such an amazing young woman! I'm soooooooooo proud of you! We both are truly MIRACLES! I want you to know you are NEVER alone with your tragedy. We have both been thru so much. Yet God is on our side! I'm here for you always! I just love your Daddy! He keeps me posted! Great man! You are very lucky to have him! Anytime you want or need ANYTHING, or just want to talk to someone who can relate, I'm just an wmail or phone call away! Keep getting better! You have already improved so much. You never cease to amaze me! Always in my thoughts and prayers! Love, Brenda
Hey Rach! I was thinking about you today and thought I'd say hi! It's been forever since I've seen you but you look amazing in pictures =) I'm so glad to hear and read you're doing well! Love you girl!
Dear Rachel, Your grandmother, Karen Nielsen Judd, gave me the web site for the history of your accident and recovery. Karen was a childhood Durham neighbor of mine, especially during our elementary school days. She had wonderful pigtails, and trying to pull them was one of the highlights of any day was if I succeeded in tugging them! (Such was how 3rd and 4th grade affection was demonstrated!) I am so impressed with what I guess could best be called your saga. To have gone through all you have, and to recover and be of good spirits is wonderful. Although I know it was much more difficult during the process than it appears in pictures after the fact. I even recognize the Ohio State football helmet on your head, having gone to Michigan myself. (I guess it's too late to send you a Michigan-style helmet.) However I was born in the Ohio State University Hospital, so I guess than counts for some proximity to your situation. My very best thoughts and wishes to you, and admiration for you, as you continue your recovery and your life. Sincerely, Dave Eiteman
Rachel, Hi there! Girl! You are amazing! I love your Miracle website! You keep looking better all the time. And it seems you continue to improve with each day. My heart goes out to you! You're just wonderful! You will forever remain in my thoughts and prayers! ALWAYS! With much love! Brenda
I'm so glad that you were there last Saturday you look GREAT. keep up the GOOD WORK, LOVE AUNT SHARON
Rachyyyy!!!! Miss you girlll!! I'm sorry I have been soooo busy and haven't had time to talk to you!! But summer is comingg sooooo soon so hopefully we will get to hang out then!! Hope you had an awesome week at school!! Love you!!
I MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU LIKE A LOTTTTTTT
It was great to finally sit down and talk with you. You are a miracle. I thank God for you and so do a whole lot of people here at Ascension Church. We'll continue to keep you in our thougthhs and prayers and ask you to keep us in yours. I pray that you can join us for at least a little while at our parish picnic. We'll keep you posted as to the date and time. God bless you and your wonderful family.
Much love and prayer, Fr. Reichert
How's everything in Columbus? We miss you and think about you all the time! Joseph and Jordan still remember the great times at the beach!!!
Suzanne and John Blute:
So nice to see you and your Dad today! You look wonderful and you are wonderful! We enjoy your website so much, it is great! Your smile was such a beautiful gift to us today! Love, John and Suzanne Blute
it was lovely to see you at hesters on thursday. Your hair is soooo long and adorable. I love you sweets
Aunt Michele :
Good Morning !!!!We heard you looked awsome as ever yesterday.We are sorry we didn't get to see you, but, Uncle Larry and I had to work so we were unable to be there.
We are both so happy that you are really doing awsome. We will see you real soon.
Have a great week at school.We Read your updates on the site and you are doing wonderful. every day is a true blessing with you. we love you bunches!!!!!
Aunt Michele & Uncle Larry
I love you
I just watched your Rehab power point presentation - GREAT JOB. My favorite slide was the very last one - perfectly worded!
It was great seeing you today at Carrie's communion. You look stunning (as always) and it tickles me to see the continued progress you are making.
Uncle Chris says hi and he's sorry he didn't see you today.
Aunt Tina, Uncle Chris & Cadance
Hi beautiful niece! Just thinkin about you, checked out your website, looked at newest pictures to see your pretty smile. Enjoy the beautiful spring!!
Love you, Aunt Carole
you never cease to amaze us, each and every day! we are so proud of all you do! garret and i can't wait to have you out-you'll have to come and beat garret at wii, cause i sure can't!
love you bunches!
HI! My family has been following Rachel's story since day 1. The web site is great. It keeps us informed and answers a lot of questions. We will keep all of you in our prayers. Keep up the good work. We are in Elyria, Ohio , but I am childhood friends with Brooke, Shawn, and Drue.
Hi there. I had the privilege of meeting Rachel by chance one day and was immediately captured by her smile, her spirit, and her openess. It's amazing how chance encounters can linger in your thoughts and remain in your soul. She is truely her father's daughter, because the bravery, stength, and hope that emminates from within her surely must be a reflection of what you as a father have weathered right there beside her, as you so poignantly have portraited in this beautiful website. Thank you for sharing so much of your family's hearache and milestones with the rest of us in this wonderful website. My prayers are with you, Rachel, Drue, and all of your loved ones. P.S. Uncle Chris' song is truly beautiful.
hiiii pretty. just a reminder that i love you and miss you more everyday. hopefully this weekend we can get together. have a wonderful week. kissies
Holyyyyy Moleyyyyy! I just watched your powerpoint rach and you did suchhhh a fabulous job!!! I can't get over it! I am so very proud of you, and all of the things you are doing each and everyday... You are so wonderful pretty girl. I especially loved the picture of bennet in the slideshow.. he was looking handsome as usual ;) hehe But anywhoooo Julie and I went to Chicago this weekend to visit her sister, and we had so much fun! I have come to the conclusion that sometime this summer all of us girls need to go up there and SHOP. because the shopping is wonderful, and we can walk alllll around the city. Sound fabulous? IT BETTER! I am home in less than three weeks and I cannot wait! Have a good week at school pretty girl.. I LOVE AND MISS YOU!!!!!!!!! (oh yeah and next time I get home, I am teaching you a new wii game because I don't know if I can take Cooking mama's voice ANY longer! hahha) I love you rachbare!!!
I am so proud of you Rach!!I miss you like crazy, especially eating loads of cookie dough and watching oprah in bed before going and getting in trouble at cheerleading practice and getting yelled at by Mer for giggling too much!!
The weather is getting nicer and nicer and Athens is getting more and more beautiful which means YOUUUU need to get your butt down to OU for a visit! It would be amazing!
I LOVE YOUUU TO THE STARS AND BACK!
so i will be home in 4 weeks..ahhhh!! how excited are you for summer? pool time all the time. and DQ visits non-stop. I hope you enjoyed our blizards the other day. Hope you are having a fabulous week and enjoying this beautiful spring weather. I know you are loving it! See you soon! loveyouuu
Rachel- I'm thrilled to read the progress that you've made! Keep up the good work! Hope you are enjoying Spring so far- Take care! Joan(Kennerly's Mom)Pell
Hey Rach, I was talking to the fam the other day and they were telling me how great you're doing lately, so I had to come check your site and see for myself. As usual you continue to amaze everyone with your progress!! I'm trying to get Kenzie to come see me this summer, maybe you could give her some French lessons before she leaves? Hope to see you soon, keep up the good work!
Hi girl! Reba just sent me a picture of you and Ryan at prom and your hair looks great!! I love the style! Sure was fun taking walks and playing with you over Easter! Keep being your amazing self girly.
We love you bunches,
Aunt Carole and Uncle Todd
Love your website! I just wanted to let you know how much it warms my heart whenever I see you. You are such a beautiful person inside and out and I am very lucky to know you. Keep rocking!!
21 days from today I will be home!! yayyy
hiii rach babes just wanted to say that it was so wonderful seeing you over the weekend... butttt I won't have to say that soon because in 3 little weeks I will be home for the WHOLE SUMMER yayyyy
I hope you are doing well and you are having a great week at school pretty girl.. I love you TONS AND TONS!!!!
This is an absolutely wonderful website! The true facts surrounding the incident, the videos showing the heartache of family and friends, and the photos and updates showing Rachel's progress are all both emotional and informative. The song by Rachel's Uncle Chris is a perfect touch! Thank you for creating this website and sharing the miracle of Rachel's survival and her recovery process. Rachel, you are always in our prayers! We love you!
You continue to amaze me with the progress you are making!!! I truly believe that God has chosen you to be the positive spirit and story to motivate all beings, both those with and without trauma injuries. I can absolutely say that you are an inspiration to me!!! Keep up the hard work and you will surely be rewarded!!!
LOTSA LOVE!!! GARY BRUCK
PS...I have an entire cupboard full of 3/4 eaten bags of chips that have your name on them!
Hey Rachel, my mom told me that she saw you the other day at one of Gillian and Bailie's softball games and you gave her this password so I could write you a note. Just thought I would say hi. Hope everything is going well!
carrie and garret:
Hey Rach! Just wanted to let you know that we're thinking of you, we are SOOOOOO proud of you--you're my hero!
we love you and hope to see you soon!
-carrie and garret
GOOD MONDAY MORNING TO YOU! You never stop amazing me - you are truly my HERO! Looking forward to spending some time with you later in the month. Tell everyone I said helllo! Love you much, Aunt Val
Rachel's Miracle.com has flourished since its origination. So much information has been added and we thank you for doing that. Every time someone asks us how Rachel is doing we refer them to the website. I have read through the posts and articles, watched the videos, listened to "For A Lifetime", and looked at the photo album countless times. I have done this with the mindset of an aunt, sister, friend, spriritual healer, and even just trying the mindset of a stranger looking in. No matter how I chose to look at it, one thing is for certain - I know that I have witnessed the largest miracle that I have ever been blessed to witness. You have touched countless lives - you have awakened people spiritually who have been asleep - you have given them hope and faith in something greater than earthly life and modern medicine. God kept you here for a reason - you are one of His great teachers and you will continue to enlighten more lives. We love you all and pray for you all every day. Love, Uncle Chris, Aunt Tina & Cadance
This is amazing what you have done with this website! I am sure you are tired of everyone asking you a thousand questions and by being able to go on to this site is very helpful but emotional also, its hard to believe this even happened! my heart feels for you and all her family and friends that love her so much. rach's progress is amazing and she is a true angel. I just read A FATHER'S AGONY- i couldn't even begin to tell you how strong you all are. very emotional.be strong and we are still praying for a full recovery. love all, michele & Larry
Good Morning Rach! How was your week. We are so happy for you with your improvement, go with that Lefty. You are amazing as always. summer will be here soon, so you know what that means- bathing suit shopping with your girls. can't wait to see you again soon. we love you bunches and have a good weekend in what ever you do. tell dad and drue we said hello! have you been to any games of bailie or krista lately. tell them also we said hi! love ya, Aunt Michele
Rach babes, I am so proud of you and am thinking of you constantly.. I am so excited that in less than a month I am home for summer!!!! ahhh so wonderful, there will be lots of jamming and laying out for us to do! lets go swim suit shopppingggg! hehe
I love you see you sooooo soon pretty girl!!!
Rach!! Congrats girl!! You are amazinggg!! You have come so far and are improving more everyday! I can't wait to see you soon hopefully!!
Like everyone in this world, I am SOOO proud of you for lefty's accomplishment. You are incredible. Hope to see you this weekend! keep amazing everyone! its what you have always done best
Love you rachy babes
Rach Babes! I read your update this morning and that is FANTASTIC!!!!! By the time I'm home for the summer (Less than 1 month! ) I am sure you will have all of them moving individually I am so proud of you!!!
Soooo like I said above, I am home in less than a month and then SUMMER STARTS!!! laying out and jamming will be happening on a frequent basis pretty girl! I will see you soooooo soon!!!!
I LOVE YOU!
Woo-hoo!! Congratulations!!! I've shared the good news about leftie with everyone at work and we're all celebrating with you! Your accomplishments never cease to amaze me...
GOOD MONDAY MORNING TO YOU! Congratulations on your new accomplishment! I am so proud of you that I am telling everyone at work that you were able to move your index finger and they are rooting you on! Pretty soon you will have all those little fingers moving at different times. Keep up your hard work. I can't wait for you to show me on the 19th! Hope you have a wonderful week! Love & Kisses!
I'm sooo excited for warm weather to come and it makes me think of riding with windows down and jamming with you!! can't wait! We'll have such great walks in the spring time! YAY
love and miss you sweets!
i hope you are having a great time on spring break and i miss you! i believe i might be coming home april 5th so we should hang out : ) but have a wonderful time relaxing this week, summer will be here soon! i will be home in 5.5 weekss woo hoooo. i love you!
Just about to go to bed and thinking of you... wish we were snuggling watching friends! I miss you so very much and can't wait until I see you next! Hope school is going well, tell Heath I said hello! I'll call tomorrow so we can chit chat! LOVE AND MISS TO THE HEAVENS
hello my precious. I miss you and it has been way too long since I've made you giggle by snuggling my nose in your neck! So I need to see you very soon -- this weekend if not sooner. I love you madly, truly, deeply – Suey
GOOD MORNING PRETTY LADY! I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and wishing you a week full of sunshine, laughter and beautiful dreams. Miss you much and love you even more! Aunt Val
HAPPY EASTER RACH BABES!
Love you girlfriend
uncle larry,aunt michele:
good morning Rach on this sunny Easter Sunday. we just got home from church and we wanted to wish you a Happy Easter!!! Uncle Larry is already eating Anthony's candy. i think i should of got Uncle Larry a Easter Basket-hee hee. do you have class in the morning or are you off til tuesday. we can't wait to see you real soon. you are doing GREAT!! you look amazing. keep up the good hard work and we love you bunches. aunt michele, uncle larry
Hi beautiful niece!! Happy almost Easter!! Your hair is getting so long!! You look absolutely fantastic girly! I will see you soon.
Love, hugs, and laughs, Aunt Carole
HiRach, loved seeing you this past weekend. you are improving so much. i am so proud of you. sounds like alot of freinds will be in for easter weekend. have fun with them, laugh and enjoy the time. you deserve it more then anyone. you are so upbeat, and it shows. see you real soon, til then, love you bunches, aunt michele—
i am officially home for about a week and a half which means we will have PLENTYYY of time to get into trouble together. i miss you unbelievable amounts and can't wait to see you. ps i might be coming over tonight so uhh lock your fridge. I LOVE YOU TO THE MOUNTAINS AND BACK
ps-papabare the site looks wonderful!!all my friends at school love to look on here and get updates on rach.
Rachhhhellll! I have some fabulous news! Since this weekend is Easter, I will be coming home!!! I have some community service stuff to do saturday morning, but I will be heading home right after that, and I will for sure be hanging out with you on saturday or sunday.. and I have to give you your birthday present I know you are dying for that! Are you going to be at your moms or dads this weekend? I will text or call you sometime today or tomorrow and find out! I love you, and hope you have had a good week at school!
SEE YOU IN 3 DAYS!!!! yayyy
I love you pretty girl and miss you even more than that
GOOD MONDAY MORNING! It was sooooo nice seeing you yesterday. You look amazing! Keep up the hard work because it definately is working! I am looking forward to our next visit in April - maybe the weather will cooperate a little more and we can take our walk. Love you bunches! Aunt Val
rach, i need spell check on this, as you may of noticed i didn't spell all my words correctly. i will do better next time. love ya to bunches.
it was sooo nice to see you at pappy's birthday party. you look great. i loved spending time with you. hope you trip back was okay, hopefully you were able to get some sleep.til next visit, keep up the good work and e-amil me anytime. love you lots-aunt michele
LOOKING GREAT AS ALWAYS. HOPE YOU THE BEST,THEBEST IS YET TO COME.LOVE,CHRIS'S MOM,KAYE
Heyy! I hope you had the best birthday ever, and you got the card I made for you!
LOVE you girl!!
Hello my beauty! Tessa has your belated birthday present, so you need to get together with her this weekend,ok? WE LOVE YOU!!!
Hope you had a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY! Did you get the text message I left? What fun things did you do for the BIG 19?!! Talk to you really soon! Love you lots & lots!
Dearest Rachel, I just looked through your website. What a wonderful family you have. Only knowing your mom, dad, stepmom and brothers and sisters, I had know idea you had such a big supportive family.
You look fantastic, girl. What an inspiration you are to EVERYONE. What a gift you were as a student and what an unbelieveable gift you will be as a teacher. I look forward to coming into your classroom and reading to some of your kids, or maybe I'll teach them a little math!! Keep up the good work in your recovery. Give my love to your family. I will be in touch. Much love, Mrs. Main
P.S. Boy, do you look like your Aunt Tina!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEAUTIFUL! I hope your day was a good one. Enjoy what's left of it. God Bless.
Uncle Chris, Aunt Tina :
HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY! We love you!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRETTY GIRLLLL!!!!! YAYYYY I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE FINALLY 19!!!!
I left you a voicemail and texted you so make sure you check those, buttt I love you so very much and I hope you have the best day ever.. Wish I was there to celebrate with you, but next time I'm home we will have a birthday sleepover and you'll get a present and you'll get to hug me hehe
I love you pretty girl and wish I was with you today to celebrate, but that just means more celebrations when all of us girls come home!!!
I love you HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
The Hrnjak Family:
We hope you have a wonderful birthday. Una will be home soon to see you and can not wait to hang out with you. We will need to have you come over soon, we will make you your favorite dinner with your favorite cheesecake. Have a good day, we can not wait to see you!
Una and Tessa:
TCMA came to pick UNA up for your birthday present!! we will be home tomorrow and can both wish a HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYY in person!! Panera is def on the agenda for tomorrrrow. Cannot wait to see you, you 19 year old! You are incredible! love youuuuuu
Rachey, I just wrote you and I can't believe I left Grammy's name out at the end! She loves you too -- you KNOW that!!
19 years ago today a tiny miracle occurred. A wiggly, wet little thing, weighing just a few pounds, entered our world and and made it a more beautiful place to live. As this little miracle grew, so did the happiness of those around her. The sun shone more often and the birds sang in harmony. The moon was always full and the breeze stayed soft and warm all year long. But even bigger things were meant for this little miracle. She began teaching lessons on how to live life fully and completely and unselfishly, with grace and compassion, and with a smile radiant enough to penetrate the galaxy. As people learned these lessons and began practicing them, the world became even more beautiful. This is when the little miracle became a big one. Happy birthday, you great big miracle. Much love from Suey and Steve, Tessa, Brinn and Ian.
"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Rachel, Happy Birthday to you!"
Hope all your wishes come true!
Love you, The Brucks.
Happy Birthday Sweetie!!!!! We love you!!!
XXXXXXXXXXX's and OOOOOOOOOOOO's
Caitlin, John, Maggie, Scott, Shawn, Sadie, Murphy and HANK
Hey rach babesss!! I thought I would write you a quick message and say happy last day of being 18 WAHOOOOOO! TOMORROW IS YOUR BIRTHDAY YAYAYAYYY!!!! I'm surprised I didn't hear all last week how it was your birthday month, butttt I am very excited you turn 19 tomorrow, you can join the really cool club! I will call you tomorrow and wish you a happy birthday, and give you your totally awesome gift next time I'm home.
I love you and had such a great week with you pretty girl, you always know how to bring a smile to my face! HAPPY LAST DAY!!!!
Hi Rachel...It's Marian, the cool lunch lady that always says "HI". Just wanted to stop by and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Una's sorority sister:
Hey Rachel I recently got initiated into the same sorority as your good friend Una (who i love dearly) and I just wanted to let you know how much your story has touched me. I haven't even met you or talked to you; yet, you are without a doubt the strongest person I know. Stay strong girl and you better come over here to Miami like Una said! I can't wait to meet you!
(i couldn't help but notice that your birthday is coming up! happy birthday!!! have a great week!
Hellllllo birthday week girl! cant believe how soon the big 1-9 is!! Unfortunately, tomorrow i will be going to miami to get una, but i will bring her to you as your birthday present. I love you to pieces and will see you soooooon!! Have a great pre-birthday!
chuckie caitlin carrie:
chuckie: hi rachel how are u? im fine we had so much snow that it went up to carries thighs we went sledding at sharon woods it waz so awesome!
caitlin:hi Rachel. How r u im fine luv ya see u soon
carrie: Hi Rachel we had fun yesterday we had a lot of snow how about u we went sledding bye
GOOD MONDAY MORNING TO YOU! Heard you had a blizzard this weekend! I am so tired of snow - I want to see daffodils and tulips and crocuses! So, you turn 19 this week - any big plans for that special day? Can't wait to see you this Sunday! I want to hear all about your birthday! Love you sooo much!!!
Hi Rachel! I am a very good friend of your Aunt Shawn in KC and everytime I talk to her which is quite often I ask about you and your family. She keeps me up to date on your progress and can't be more proud of her niece. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and you have a remarkable family behind you. Keep up the amazing progress and don't ever give up! I can't wait to meet you someday. A friend from afar. Love, Liz
Hey Rach! Hope all is well with you! so only one more week until i finally get to see you again, can't wait! Just want to see how you were doing and how classes are going!
hi rachbaby. hope youre doing welll. YOUR BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP. yay! im so excited for you. i cant beieve you are turning 19 already ahh. whats the birthday wish list? ill be coming home next weeeek! im so excited, but midterms are not fun at all. i hope you are getting excited for spring break, it will be nice for you to get a break. i want you to come here soooon. ah. ok i love you! –Una
Rach!! I just wanted to say hey! I know you have a birthday coming up!! Payne and I really want to come and see you this weekend! I hope it works out for you. We will have to think of something fun to do! I hope you know how much you have inspired me, and I think I can speak for most people when I say that! You are AMAZING, and I can't wait for the summer when we can hang out! I love and miss you LOTS! keep working hard!
Joseph, Jordan and I are remembering our great time in Virginia Beach with you this past summer. Joseph keeps talking about playing Hangaroo with you! And Jordan enjoyed celebrating her 2nd birthday with the whole family. We miss you!
Your cousin, Tisa :-)
my hello my beauty. Just sitting here studying for math, remembering your math skills (or lack there of) heh kidding. Good times in banks math class aye? i miss you to pieces. cant wait to see you again soon. thank goodness im not too far away ;)
Rach Babes I had so much fun at our sleepover the other night.. you crack me up, and breakfast was just wonderful at cafe de la rachel haha And shopping was fabulous and very successful if I do say so myself hehe.. Three beautiful new shirts, hopefully you are wearing the green baseball tee today because I think that one is my favorite! I am going to pick you up from school today, and bring you back here, and I am sensing some mama's cookin on the wii!! what do you think?! I hope you are having a great day at school can't wait to see you! and I can't wait for lunch this week with you and heath, that will be fabulousss! alright love you pretty girl see you sooooooon!!!! Magggggggggsss Lavelle
GOOD MONDAY MORNING TO MY HERO! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I took Pappy out on Sunday and we had a nice time visiting together. He really misses you and can't wait to see you and your dad. How are your classes coming? Keep up the good work - I'm rooting for you! Maybe we can go for a walk and have some girl talk when you come in on the 16th! Love you so much!!
good morning! hope you get to enjoy this beautiful day we're going to have. i think cadance and i will go to the park. can't wait to see you at pap's b-day!
Guess what, this is Isabella Bradford from church. Your mom told me the code to talk to you... I wanted to tell you I was born in Russia. Thought you would be interested. My sister Victoria was also born in Russia. We lived in a baby house until my mom and dad came to get me. Hope your family is doing well!!!! You pictures are very great and the song by your uncle is excellent. Where were you born? Do you have any pets? I have a dog named Saint. Chant died 2 years ago. See you at church. Bella
I am Jessica from Mrs.Sergio's 4th grade class. You visited our class in December, telling us your story. We loved to learn all about you! After you left, we could NOT stop talking about you! We did not want you to leave! I looked on your website to look at all your photos and I saw that Mrs.Sergios class was in there! I'm the one who is whereing the pink glasses in the front row!;) We all love you and pray for you! I hope you have time to come into our classroom again soon!
It's been a while since I've seen you, but it sounds like you're doing so well and improving so much! You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers! I hope your Early Childhood classes are going well at the career center =) Continue to stay strong and keep improving..I will have to make a stop by the house for a little hello over spring break...sound good? Love you girl! Tell the rest of the family hello for me! oh and you know if you ever need anything just call 1-800-rachandkell =) haha
Joel and Pen:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you always - We praise Him for supreme miracle for His beautiful Angel
Hi there Rachel! It's your cousin Kalyn from Cadiz I miss you...I haven't seen you since New Year's Day, but I think about you often. Take care...I love you!!!
Garret and Carrie:
Hey Rach! We just wanted to say hi because we haven't seen you in forever and we miss you! We hope you're doing great and we can't wait for you to come visit us at our house--the chips and salsa are waiting!
We love you and we're praying for you!
-Garret and Carrie (and Bear!)
Bonjour Rachel! I love your website, it looks so good. I haven't seen you in a while now, but Kenz and my mom have been keeping me updated. I'll be home again soon so we'll have to pencil in a visit at the Bruck house...! Chris says hi too by the way. We're living proof that you literally have people all over the world praying for you!! Tell your fam I said hi and keep up the hard work, you're doing great. Love, Mandy
Rach! We all admire you so much. I think this summer we should make some visits to my mom's daycare so you can see what you think about her little toddlers. Rach I believe so much that your future has so much in store. I cannot wait to see what you make out of it. And know, that no matter what happens, no matter how far away we are at school, NOTHING will ever change how much we care about you and love you. The things we have all overcome together will never be forgotten. I hope you know that we all miss you so much. I will be home in a few weeks for Spring Break, I cant wait to hang out with you! Well have a great week at school! Call me when you have some free time. And p.s. Rachie..I joined Sarah Carey's sorority at Miami, and mind you there are SO many girls who want to meet you. Im sensing a Miami visit for you soon in the spring : ) Well i love you, and your family. I hope to see you guys soon. Smile baby : )
Hi Rach! How are you doing my favorite? I hope you are having a good day. I just woke up and I had an amazing dream about all the good times we used to have in Florida. I vote we arrange to do that again sometime. I mean I would hope you would be game for the beach, some tanning and some swimming. ah I want summer so bad! I can not wait for everyone to be home, pool time at my place, and we can make as many pizzas and servings of chips and salsa as you would like! But anyway, I hope you are having a good day, I know you are working very hard in school and at the career center and I know I speak on behalf of many people that we are all SO impressed with how well you are doing, how much more confident you are in yourself and how much stronger you are.
Just wanted you to know how disappointed I was Kenzie and I couldn't hook up with you and your mom on Sunday - but I'm sure Waffle House was worth it!! I love the website and reading all the updates. Tell Krista she looked gorgeous for the dance by the way. Keep working hard - as always, we remain incredibly proud of you!
Jill and the rest of the Brucks
Hey Rach Babes! How is your day going? I am on break from my classes, and thought I would write you a quick message... My momma told me you are with her after school today, which I am very excited for because my mom could certainly use the company, and I know you are the perfect person for the job... You have made her life so much better by hanging out with her after school, she would go crazy without someone around to chat with! hehe Butttt you better start getting excited because my spring break count down starts today. and I come home Thursday so that puts us at t-minus 4 days! WAHOO! :D have you decided what sorts of things we are going to be doing next week? sleepover of course, and a sierra turkey at panera, what else shall we do? Alright baby cakes I'm off to lunch here with Julie, she says hello! I love youuuu! Can't wait to see you at the end of this week! Say hey to heather and the family for me! love you pretty mama
GOOD MONDAY MORNING TO YOU! Sounds like you had more excitement than I did this past weekend! You'll have to fill me in on the party you attended - sounds like it was a hoot! A girlfriend of mine came over and helped me reupholster my dining room chairs. They ended up looking pretty nice - if I say so myself!! Then, Uncle Randy and I went to a friends house and sat in their hot tub and watched the stars. (Someone said that Uncle Randy did something nasty in the water!) That pretty much wrapped up my weekend. I am still counting the days until Pappy's birthday so we can spend some time together. Make sure to tell your dad, Drue, Bailie, Krista & Joe that I said hi and love them and YOU BUNCHES!
I Love You and can't wait to see you soon!
Good afternoon Rach. what are your plans for this weekend. another snow day!glad to let you know anthony's back will be okay-he needs some P.T. on it and will be good as new. he went to a pittsburg hocky game with a friend, so it is quite here at home for a change. it seems you are busy with your girlfriends, that;s great. you are loved by so many people.have you been to the mall shopping lately.they already have spring and summer clothes out.lots of cool colors. i know how you love to shop.i am making uncle larry's fav-cheescake, i know how you love cheesecake from the cheescake factory. he is sleeping right now. so i am enjyoing the quite time and reading a book with his 2 babes (maxine & Sherman) right next to me. they are cute as a button, can't wait for you to see them. you will love them. enjoy your saturday evening and keep up the awsome work you are doing. we love you lots and we can't wait to see you again real soon.glad your girlfriends are home from spring break and coming home soon. thats aswome you are hanging out with them. you are so loved by your friends and family. tell your Dad & Drue we said HI! be good, have fun, and laugh, its great for the soul. love, us.....
Rach babessss it was fabulous hanging out with you last night! Good dance party on the way home... I can't wait to come home for spring break next week and spend a whole week with you! that means LOTS of panera trips hehe
LOVE YOU GIRLFRIEND
It's will cadigan
Just saying hi
It was so wonderful having you here last night. Hope you enjoyed the good old TCMA's bed. I miss you already! lakehouse soon? te he he he looooove you
THANK YOU for coming to my birthday party last night. The only thing I wanted for my birthday was YOU, and I got it!!
I love you, little miracle!
Hi Miss Rachel!! I sure do miss you! Todd and I both are doing jobs right now...he is redoing a friends basement (until the rock world has a job for him) and I am designing wedding albums. I really love it! The first job I have had where I can be creative! Jackson misses you too, he is such a great dog, he sure loves the snow but his feet get cold.....maybe we will get him some boots (if he would keep them on!!) Your hair is looking awesome (I told you it would grow back!) Please give Krista a big kiss for me too. Keep rockin' little niece, you are doing great and are an inspiration to SOOO many people (many you don't even know). I love you girly,
Another snow day!!!! Another day off with the kids :^)
Enjoy your day...I hope it's awesome! Loved chatting with you the other night...you know you can call anytime! I'll let you know how the kids do in their last games tomorrow!
Hugs and kisses,
Aunt Linda :^)
hello rach! how was your day today. did you get any more snow. it is very cold here and they are calling for more snow and ice thursday night! i hope not cause that means friday they will have no school.also, me and uncle larry have our once a month going out on a date. so lets hope for no snow! your have to see uncle larry's new babies(there his doggs) 2 black labs, maxine & sherman-cole. they are cute as a button. anthony hurt his back and is down for a little while with weight lifting at school.well enough of us, how are you doing. did you paint your nails pink and red. we can not wait to see you all. take care and keep up the good work. tell bailie and krista we said hello.love you lots, aunt michele, uncle larry
Hi Rachie. Yea, I get a day off of work and it's Caitlin's birthday! She's so excited! I'm making her favorite meal and then she wants cake and ice cream...not too mention she wants cupcakes for her class tomorrow! I'm just glad I have the day off! Chuckie and Carrie's team won their basketball games on Saturday. Poor, Caitlin...they haven't won any. But...she's playing GREAT! Chuckie had a double/double game..whatever that means :^) I'm still learning. Carrie was on her game as well. She rocks this year. Well, pumpkin...I better scoot, feel free to stop over this evening for cake and ice cream. I already told Greg and Drue about it! Take care. All my love, Linda (Aunt Linda )
GOOD MONDAY MORNING! How was your weekend? I had a full house this weekend because we were celebrating Jaimie's 21st birthday! Boy am I getting old! All my kids were in and we celebrated at Undo's restaurant (she ordered a glass of wine just to see if they would card her) and than had cake and ice cream at the house. Jaimie got a Betsey Johnson purse (whoever that is) and a necklace. It was nice to have everyone together for a few days. I miss them and I MISS YOU TOO! Looking forward to visiting with you - and thanks for the phone call! I went to sleep with a smile on my face. Love you lots! Aunt Val
Hey Rach. Hope you are doing well. I havn't seen you in a while, hope I get to for Pap's birthday on the 16th. I'll be coming in from college that week for it. Can't wait to see you.
hi rach! hope you had a good valentine's day. i know i did. i had school and really we only went one day this week and it had to be valentine's day. i have already started lifting for football with Coach Bahen. hope you guys can come and see us play at game this year. have you been to any bailie or krista's games this year. hopefully we will see you at pap's b-day. see ya later cuz.anthony
Hey Rachel!! Hope you had a good Valentines Day!! Mine was ok! I hope all is well your way! i don't know if you heard but we are coming up for spring break and for pap's birhtday party so hopefully i'll get to see you a lot! i have seen you in forever! can't wait and miss you!
Hey Rach, I hope you had a great Valentine's Day. I know I didn't! I had to work all night!! I miss you and I can't wait to see you. Hopefully you are coming in for pap's birthday party!!
I love you!!!
hope you had smiles on your face and giggles in your heart this valentine's day!
we love you,
aunt tina, uncle chriS & CADANCE
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!!!!!!
uncle larry aunt michele:
hello Rachel! so you had a night out with the guy friends-sounds awsome. whay did you do. tomorrow is valentine's day, so do something fun, like paint your nails pink and red.8) your our valentine and a true blessing to have around. so what did you think of all this snow we are getting, anthony likes it cause of no school. i wish we would get atleast 10 inches, then kick into spring. we can't wait to see you again, soon. love ya lots:tongue:how is school going. i love your site that is set up good job!! love ya lots, aunt michele, uncle larry and anthony! your have to ask him how is first dance went. he left his date a few times to stand at he bar to watch the game! must be a guy thing. e-mail us anytime, loved to hear from you sweetie.
Hi Rachel! I am a close friend & teaching buddy with your Aunt Shawn. We have been friends for almost 20 years! I wanted to let you know that I have been in constant prayer for you and your family. It is so exciting to hear about all the wonderful miracles God has blessed you with! He is such an awesome God! Your perseverance and optimistic outlook is a testimony to all of us. Keep up the great work and I will make sure your lovely Aunt keeps me updated!
By the way... I simply love your website! I am a graphic & website designer and this is awesome.
Overland Park, KS
Rachelll. Well I'm with you right now.. and um it's pretty greattt. haha.
Keep improving, you're doing fantabulous :]
Hello Rachel. How is my hero doing? I can't wait to have some girl talk when we get together for Pappy's birthday. I have so much to tell you! We have been busy updating our house (what a mess)! Do you rememer that old, broken lounge chair we had downstairs? Well, it got pitched and we were able to purchase new furniture along with carpeting. I can't wait for you to see it! Love you too much! Text me sometime real soon! Aunt Val
Haven't seen you for a long time and we need to get up there soon. I hear you are doing well and we are all extremely pleased about that. I also hear you are busy, busy, busy. When you get a monment fill me in on what's going on in your life. We just finished redoing a lot of the inside of our house. I like it a lot except the pink and yellow walls Aunt Val picked for the upstairs. My hopes and wishes are with you every day. Looking forward to seeing you soon.
I love you
Just checking in to say you are an inspiration to so many of us. I love your humor and perspective. You are also blessed with an awesome family. Let me know when you're ready for the next pizza lunch! :-)
Hey Rach, we are so proud of you! you are a true miracle to us and we love you so much. every time we come up to visit you, you look awsome. keep up the greatwork aunt michele, uncle larry & anthony..
Aunt Shawn :
Hi Miss Rach,
This beautiful website is such a great tribute to your faith, your determination, and your attitude. You are truly our miracle and an inspiration to all who are lucky enough to know you. We hope you know how much you are loved and how very proud of you we are!
Lots of Love,
Aunt Shawn & Uncle Paul
You are truly amazing! We love you more than you will ever know and are so grateful to have been touched by an angel (that's you)! Keep shining brightly.
Lots of Love,
Aunt Tina, Uncle Chris & Cadance (and Ace and Annabelle too)!
Hey Rachel---I'm sure I'm one of the lucky ones, because I'm able to see you every week, and watch your marvelous recovery. Your story is a true miracle, and a testament to the power of prayer; and your positive attitude and your determination to improve yourself every day. You Go Girl!! Love always, Reebs
We are excited to hear about your progress. Paps keeps us updated. Your strong will; the support of your family, friends and the community; and the grace of God Almighty has truly made your miracle happen. We are anxious to see you. In case you haven't heard, we plan to visit Ohio for Spring Break (March 15-22). Hope we can spend some quality time with you.
Love you lots and always praying for your complete recovery.