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Jan
01
Wow. What a year. You would think that March 31st would have been what defines 2011 for our family. But actually, it’s what we take away from that horrible day that defines it. We have witnessed so much love and support. We are praying 2012 will be better for Bryan, Tyler and Tabitha.

Bryan continues with his therapies, exhausted at the end of each day. His therapists are working with him on using a manual wheelchair, instead of the electric one. His arms are so stiff and his reaction time is slow, so they want him to practice bringing each arm up onto the wheels and pushing down. He is able to move the chair little by little, but he has to be reminded to bring his hands back up to the top each time and it is a slow process. He got Botox in his left leg to loosen his ankle since his left foot doesn't go flat when they have him standing at the pedestal. We mentioned to the doctor that if they happened to have any extra Botox, we would be happy to take it off their hands. Wouldn't want it to go to waste, would we?

Jacque, Tyler and Tabby would like to thank everyone for your love and support. Tyler and Tabby received gifts for Christmas that were sent from people they have never met. We know that throughout this, they have learned of all the good people that are out there. People who are standing behind them and their dad every step of the way. Its a lesson they learned the hard way, but its one they will remember forever. Jacque: Tyler and Tabitha could not have had a better support system than what they have with you, Sam, M, and the people surrounding you. We love you guys.

Since March 31st, the 4 of us have been devastated, humbled, torn down and lifted up again. We are far from being a perfect family and we have never claimed to be. This year has shown that we will be united not just the four of us, but Bryan included. We have remained by his side from the beginning and will forever be by his side for as long as he wants us there.

Along the way, we have met some incredible people who will be a part of our family for the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, it also brought people into our lives who have hurt us, made us doubt ourselves and tried to tear us apart. It’s because of our love for each other and the support we have received from our family, friends and thousands of strangers that have helped us overcome the negativity that came along with this. And for this, we will be forever grateful.

Comments

# Paulio
Sunday, January 01, 2012 4:33 PM
Happy New Year, Stow Family. I know I'm not alone in hoping this year will be a better year for your family.

I'm so glad to hear that you aren't letting one day, horrible and traumatic as it was, define who you are and how you want to feel. Obviously what happened to Bryan that day has forever changed the course of his life and yours, but that still doesn't define you. You were a family before all this happened, and you are a family still.

Now, nine months later, many of us who were touched by Bryan's story are still following along on this website. That's why I'm writing this post. It's New Year's Day and I've got plenty to do around the house, but somehow Bryan's name popped into my head, as it does just about every day.

So here's to you, Bryan. You're an inspiration. I know we'd all turn the clock back if we could, and restore you to your old life. But since we can't do that, we can at least cheer from the sidelines and tell you that your determination and strength are truly breathtaking to behold. I hope 2012 brings you continued improvement and progress. Keep up the hard work. And do not share your botox. Your sisters are beautiful enough without it!
# laura
Sunday, January 01, 2012 5:55 PM
oMG I have tears, Your posting often do that to me. The fact that you are not bitter is unreal to me. Each and everyday you teach me (and others) how to act. How to not let one thing define us. I have a lot to learn from you. As I have I will continue to pray for the whole family. Bryan you are my hero and I am so proud of you. Keep up the good work I know it hard on you but you can do it!
Love your humor, it's incredible. You always seem to make me smile after I cry. Thanks. Hope to meet you one day. But until then we will pray for you.
Love Ya and happy 2012
# Renee
Sunday, January 01, 2012 6:01 PM
Happy New Year! Please remember that you are always in our thoughts and prayers. My son and I think of Bryan often and pray that God would give him strength and courage as he continues on his journey. Your family is amazing and an inspiration to all of us as we watch Bryan's progress. We wish you all many blessings in this upcoming year.

Much Love,
Renee and Austin Cartwright
# Mona
Sunday, January 01, 2012 6:16 PM
Happy New Year, Stow Family. Thank you for continuing to share such eloquent updates. Through this site you have given us (your world of fans) the privilege of rooting for Bryan (for all of you) on a more personal, daily level. I have come to think so much of all of you and truly do feel lucky to "know" you. I continue to wish Bryan the greatest of recoveries and all of you his biggest fan club the strength to stand by both him and yourselves. Please don't forget to take even a few moments each day to relax in whatever form that may be. All of you make such a difference and are most definitely a wonderful definition of human triumph and kindness over horrible evil. Peace, Love, brighter days, including first pitches ahead. :)
# Deana
Sunday, January 01, 2012 6:33 PM
God bless you all. I still continue to pray for all of you, especially Bryan, every night of my life. I thank God for all of Bryan's progress & will continue to do so. 2012 is going to be a good year. Bryan will continue to get stronger, as will all of you, including Tabitha & Tyler. Continue to do what you're doing. It's working!!
# chad mochrie
Sunday, January 01, 2012 7:05 PM
Wishing Bryan and the entire Stow family a happy new year. Nothing can change the past but following Bryan's story since it happened has become a source of hope for me. It's amazing how people from all walks of life can pull together and bring out the best of humanity. It's so inspirational to see Bryan's fight and I hope 2012 will bring much progress to his recovery. Praying for a miracle that he will have the courage to rise above the expectations of his doctors and be completely healed in the near future. All the best to the Stow's and extended family in 2012.

Chad Mochrie
Burbank, CA
# Bryan's Fan
Sunday, January 01, 2012 9:21 PM
Happy New Year!!! Thank you for being an inspiration and a bright light in this world; you are an amazing man, Bryan. Thinking of you all and sending best wishes your way. Happy 2012!
# becky tinlin
Sunday, January 01, 2012 9:33 PM
That is a beautiful letter that brought tears to my eyes, but I am also aware of what you say...the best of the best come out in love and support when the chips are down and the chips for your whole extended family were waaaaaaaay down. But God is good and meets us where we are and I am so excited for this year for Bryan. He is full of determination, that is for sure, and I am so happy for all of you. May THIS year be joyful and healthy and Bryan...you are a rock star! ! ! ! Bless you all.
# Jacque Kain
Sunday, January 01, 2012 10:01 PM
An ubelievable year has finally come to an end...Though it was hard and many life changes occurred, I have tried to remain positive. Not just for me but for my kids and everyone involved. To my Stow Family: Simply put, I love you. I admire your strength, determination and your love for one another...it is absolutely amazing. It is very easy to see where Bryan gets his strength from! To the 1000's of people who have been there for Bryan and his children from the beginning:....Thank You! From the bottom of my heart I thank you. Your support, love, encouragement and strength is felt with every passing day by my children and myself. Words could never express just how much it has helped us all. Happy New Year to all and we pray that 2012 will bring more strength, positivity and love.
# Gina Fiore
Monday, January 02, 2012 2:31 PM
Your postings continue to inspire. It will be the beginning of my third year since my stroke. Whenever I get depressed about the slowness of my progress, I think about Bryan and all that he is going though, and I draw strength from his strength. He has such a global support system and an anchor in his family. You are all an inspiration. I don't believe the doctors when they talk about limitations. I believe in miracles. I have seen them happen. And Bryan will triumph. I have great faith in that, with his family behind him, supporting him.
Keep the faith!
Gina
# Michele Pearson
Monday, January 02, 2012 4:37 PM
Happy New Year Stow Family! I for one hope to see Bryan back at AT&T park this upcoming season and watching a game! Seeing him up on the big screen will be monumental and mean the world to me as well as thousands of other Giants fans! He is a true inspiration and to each of you, you inspire him everyday so don't ever forget that. What a struggle you have been through but I truly believe 2012 is looking up for you!
In my thoughts and prayers daily!
Michele
# Freda
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 1:00 PM
Happy New Year Stow Family,

I just got through reading your post. It brought tears and also memories of when my husband was going through physical therapy. I can only imagine what your going through because it effects people in many ways and sometimes I know what your going through. This whole tragic incident did bring you a lot of people into your lives. And like you said, some of them hurt you by their words. Its unfortunate that there are people out there in the world that say things and they have no idea what your family has gone through and what you guys go through each and every day. Is hard..very hard. But by the grace of God you will get through this!! And what those people say..You know it makes all of you stronger people. And the people that say great things it makes it even a better day. Just remember we all have our faults but the main thing is to stand as one and hold onto each other...Family is very important. I am sure Bryan really appreciate it as well has his children. Just be there for each other. When things get rough for you all sit and cry..it will make you feel better. I still continue to pray for all of you and you will all pull through this. It won't be the same but you all have each other.

Is a New Year and better things will come along for you all. Take care and I will continue to pray for Bryan and his loving family and friend. Take care and be strong and be positive even when you reach a low point and when things are not going right.

I am glad you keep us posted on Bryan progress...Keep up the great work you are doing Bryan!!

Lots a love,
Freda
# Sharon
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 1:18 PM
Happy New Year Stow Family

What a wonderful Christmas Bryan gave us by being able to tell you that he loves you.

Have a better 2012.

Sharon Mommy to 3 dogs
# Kathleen
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 4:51 PM
Happy New Year Bryan & family!!

During the Christmas of 2011 there was not a day that went by that I did not think of you and pray that you were ok. Since the new year, I have been praying that this year is so much better then 2011 for you and all of you. From the most recent post, the love, the support and your pure dedication to recovery I know it will be.

I continue to think positively, continue to believe and know that with Tyler, Tabitha and all of the Stow family by your side, you will have a great 2012 and really succeed in your recovery. Plus don't forget, they are expecting you at spring training in Arizona!!

All the very best to you Bryan and your great family.
# Bryan's Fan
Thursday, January 05, 2012 2:04 AM
A note to Jacque: Your thoughtful comment touched my heart. Wishing you, and Tyler and Tabitha, a Happy New Year!
# ?
Monday, January 09, 2012 11:04 PM
Hello Bry,
Hope all is going well for the start of 2012. just looking at your photos and see how handsome you are. I am glad you are still rocking your good looks and hope. Sop what is going on with all the cute women coming to visiting you? First you were notices the hot TV women and now ppl are coming to see you. You are like a Rock star. Are you working in sign your name? because you will defiantly will be doing a lot of that when you make your appearance at Giants game. How art class going? have you thought about selling some of your art ? I would buy it. Just have your sisters' post it on the fun raising part of the web site. Have you been able to do any water therapy? It would be best for you to have an out door pool so you can get the tan back. But that will be hard to find. Maybe you can just hang out with your shirt off in the sun. Can't wait to hear the new up date. You are such a huge part of our family. I wish you well. Give your mom a huge hug when you can. As a mom I know she needs it. BTW how the hands and feet going? Are you letting your sister take care of that for you? Go ahead and let them. In a year from now you will not need them to do it. Rock on!
# Angie
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 11:53 AM
Happy New Year Bryan and Stow family,

God bless you all, I continue to remember you in my prayers and hope that 2012 is a year of much healing and happiness for you all!!

Love and hugs,
Angie
North Carolina
# Glenn
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:48 PM
I'm sure I'm not the only one but I do wish Bryan & his family the best of luck. Bryan I hope you get better soon. I was sadden to hear what happen but its 2012 and this year will be alot better.
# Kathleen
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 5:53 PM
Hi Bryan,

Well here we are, the 11th day of the new year, new month and I am just hoping & praying that you are doing well. I was doing some errands during my lunch break and heard some songs that reminded me of you; ie. Ozzy singing Crazy Train, Imagine (even though it is not the genre you like....) and another one that I can not quite remember.

In any case, wanted to drop a note, let you know that I was thinking of you and your family. I along with my family continue to pray & hope that your recovery journey continues to go so well and you continue to improve.
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