One year ago, our lives were forever changed. Its hard to believe that it has been a year since Bryan was hurt. The emotions we felt when we found out what happened are still with us to this day. Its painful to think back to that day, and the following days, weeks, even months, and think about what we went through emotionally and at times, physically. This literally took our lives and turned them upside down. We have always tried to take as much good from this as we possibly can, but to be honest, at times that is hard to do. Because Bryan still has so far to go, it's easy to get discouraged, feel down and even get angry for what happened to him. We feel sad for Tyler and Tabitha, who need their dad. We feel sad for Bryan, for having to go through what he's been through and what he will go through for the rest of his life. But, because he has his life we are forever thankful. We know we have each other to help pick ourselves up and remind ourselves of the times in the beginning, where there was really no sign of life in Bryan, when we sat there staring, longing and praying for any eye movement or hand twitch. Praying the seizures would stop and the infections would go away. Then we prayed for any sign of recognition, and then to hear the words we had missed for so long..."I love you." Then...the kisses.
Bryan is strong, there is no doubt about that. Along with his strength, he had all the prayers that were said for him to help get him through the roughest times. We know that they will continue to carry him through this, in what direction they take him, that we don't know. But we will be with him every step of the way. The song Patience was one of our first and its what we continue to live by.
Today we participated in the Walk for Thought. A fundraiser for the Brain Injury Association of California, which helps raise awareness and money for Brain Injuries and research. Dave, Ann, Erin, Bonnie, Mikayla, Jacque, Tyler and Tabitha, along with other family, friends and supporters walked a mile (in the rain!) for this great cause as team Get Stow-ked. We were honored to be a part of it and we couldn't have thought of a more fitting way to spend the anniversary of Bryan's injury; together, supporting a cause that is now so important to us.