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Nov
26

Hi everyone,

 

Sorry we haven’t been able to update in awhile. We would love to be able to update more often, but focusing on Bryan as well as our personal lives makes it more challenging. 

 

A few weeks ago, in what seemed to be a spur of the moment decision, we got the OK from Bryan’s facility to bring him home with a caretaker for his first visit. Bryan was also invited by the Giants to attend Game 2 of the World Series! We knew going to the game in itself would be overwhelming for Bryan, let alone the drive up to San Francisco, so we had asked if they could not announce that he was there. The Giants were so amazing that they planned everything so that we could have as much privacy as possible. We were so honored to be there, and we can’t even begin to explain how it felt to be there with Bryan.

 

It’s a huge step that Bry could make the trip home but the day after the game he was exhausted. His being home gave us all a chance to get to know what it would be like when he does get to come home for good. It also helped us realize that he isn’t ready, and neither are we, as he still requires assistance with most things. These are things that we will learn together and eventually we will all feel comfortable when that transition happens, but we are preparing ourselves for the reality that a homecoming won’t be anytime soon.  But, we were so happy to have him home even if for just one day.  As you can imagine, saying goodbye was hard. 

 

We’ve mentioned quite a few times that due to his extensive injuries, Bryan has extra bone growth in all his joints, which causes him pain and limits his movement. This is actually common with TBI’s.  Bryan had surgery this past week to help with the bone growth in his hips. Of course, he will need more surgery, since it’s in all his joints, but they have to spread it out. As you can imagine, surgery for Bryan means a big step back. It will limit his therapies and cause him a lot of pain for the next 4 to 6 weeks.           

 

We continued to be so pleased with the care facility where Bryan is being treated.  They work so hard to make their patients feel at home, and they even recently hosted a Halloween party for all of their patients.  

 

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thank you again for your continued support and prayers.

Here is a picture with Bryan and his friend Jeremy Affeldt after the game. 

 

Comments

# Cristal
Monday, November 26, 2012 1:49 PM
Thank you SO much for keeping us updated! Through you all I have found that there are blessings to be thankful for everyday. I think about Bryan and your family often! You are all strong. God Bless
# cinandjules
Monday, November 26, 2012 2:33 PM
Glad to hear Bryan is making progress.

Glad he was able to attend the Giants game...and they respected his privacy.

Thoughts and prayers continue....stay strong Bryan.
# Deb
Monday, November 26, 2012 5:40 PM
What a nice surprise to see this new post! That's wonderful news about Bryan going to the World Series, love the picture of him and Jeremy. Almost every time Jeremy gets out there to pitch, I think about how supportive he has been to Bryan and the family. There are angels indeed!!

God Bless and update posts when you can, we all still check and pray for you.
# Mona
Monday, November 26, 2012 5:42 PM
Thank you for the update. I was never happy to see a Giants vistory than in Game 4. I was ectastic when reading how Bryan got to attend Game 2. The Giants Organization is most definitely first class, but then, so are all of you. :) Much love and continued good wishes.
# JEFF SCALIA
Monday, November 26, 2012 7:41 PM
Thanks for the update.. We were hoping all was OK checking in often this past month... It was god to see the update & always hope the news is better than the last...
Take care & we all pray that the future holds good news for all of you
Jeff Scalia
# Laura <3
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:24 AM
Oh, Bry I'm so sorry you are in pain. I'm sorry you had to have another surgery. However i guess the bright side is that you will feel better in the long run. You are a true HERO and I wish there was more I could do for you.
I am so happy that the GIANTs have treated you & your family so well. And I'm glad that you were able to go to the game. Most of all I'm glad that you were able to get there without all the TV crews. This was family time and it really is very important that they had that with you. Now don't get me wrong I love seeing you on TV but somethings are ment just for your family this was one of them.
I want you to know that I love you and your family and am so happy for you to be able to go home. As a mother I know this was something very special for your parents. As well as your sisters. Take it day by day and know you are love by many. <3
# Danika
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:37 AM
I have never posted here before, but have been following Bryan's journey from the very beginning. I am not a Giants fan(usually) though I did support them in the W.S., I live in Colorado and am faithful to my Rockies. I am though, a fan of Bryan...and his family, who continue to show the love and support I know my own family would show. I have been checking here regularly since the World Series, to see what role Bryan was able to play, if any. So glad he was able to support his Giants, with his biggest fans..YOU ALL. Thank you for being an amazing family!
# Tina
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:45 AM
So good to hear from you. Great news about Bryan coming home even for a short visit. Bryan, you are an inspiration to all. Your family and you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs.....
# Amanda
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 10:07 AM
What an AMAZING family you all are!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us and bringing a smile to our hearts. You all are an inspiration and my heart goes out to you. It made my day to read and see that Bryan made it to the game!!! Thank you!!!
# Joan Greene
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 10:36 AM
so sorry to hear that Bryan is in pain. and sorry to hear he is still far from going home. Thank you for the update, I think about him often. I look forward to the updates and pray that each one will be better than the last, until he finally recovers from this tragedy.
I will be thinking about you Bryan through the holiday season.
# Ed Evans
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:09 AM
Wow! He got to go to the World Series...that's fantastic! As a parent that cares for his adult son who requires full care I commend you all for your love and care for each other. I can tell you that there are many families who just could not do all of what you've done for your son. Likewise there are many who face the difficult daily circumstances that Bryan faces, but have not the support or belief that he has. Bryan & Family, you are all a wonderful inspiration. I hope you know that. Whatever comes....the surgeries, the surprises, the good times, the bad times....my word to you is.....Roll with it. There are no limitations but the ones you allow. Every day, every struggle, every good time is an opportunity to express your love while you have that precious moment. This is something I live by and am grateful for. I hope it bless you. Our God is an awesome God and He loves the Stow family.
# Michelle
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:44 PM
Bryan,
You are in my family's thoughts and prayers. We hope that you continue to grow strong and that you will be home soon with your two children.

Thank you to the Giants for sticking by Bryan, you are a First Class Organization. I am always proud to be a Giants fan.

Happy Holidays Stow family!
# becky tinlin
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:29 PM
You all have been through so much, but you remain strong and steadfast in being there for Bryan through everything. I can just add God Bless You to everyone and I think you are all angels on Earth. I can imagine how cool it was for Bryan to go see the Giants. Good for them and good for him. May all of you enjoy Christmas blessings and the peace of the Lord. Becky
# Paulio
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 3:15 PM
What a great update. I'm so happy for you all that you got to have Bryan back home, even if it was just for one day. And attending a Giants game during a historic World Series is just the icing on the cake. Like others have said, it's tough hearing that Bryan is still in pain and requires more surgeries. He's already been through so much. I've said it before and I'll say it again, but Bryan never asked for any of this and he didn't deserve what happened to him. But 15 months ago it was hard to imagine him doing anything at all, much less attending a baseball game. He's definitely come a long way and for that I know we're all very thankful.

If anyone is interested, here is a link to the mlb.com article a few days ago discussing some more specifics of Bryan's World Series visit and how it all came about: (The link is shortened with bit.ly but it's safe)

http://atmlb.com/XHe2Z3

And let me also tip my cap to Jeremy Affeldt, who is one of those people in this world who puts his voice and his resources to great use.

Thanks again for another update, Stow Family. Cheers, Bryan.
# Holly
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:47 PM
God bless you Bryan. I am always thinking of you and look for updates almost weekly. Your family is truely amazing and you are so lucky to have them and for them to have you. My prayers are always with you and your family.
God Bless you from Wisconsin.
# Linda
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:19 PM
Stow Family, I'm always amazed that you start out with an apology about not updating for a while. With all of what your family continues to go through everyday you still have time and the want to update this site. My prayers still go out to all of you. What an exciting moment when Bryan came home even for a day and got to go to the game. My continued thoughts and prayers are with Bryan and all the stow family.

Linda...
# ANTOINETTE
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 8:43 PM
JUST WANTED TO SAY WERE GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT UPDATES ON BRYAN STOW..GLAD HE WAS ABLE TO GET TO GO TO THE GIANTS GAME..AND ALSO BE ABLE TO COME HOME FOR THE DAY...STAY POSTIVED AND KEEP THE FAITH...MUCH LIVE TO YOUR FAMILY
# Colleen
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 8:54 PM
Lots of love to your entire family and Bryan - I pray for him every day. Thank you for keeping us up-to-date oxoxoxo
# Mae
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:22 AM
Stow family, you guys are doing such an amazing job. Thank you for keeping us posted and allowing us to share in your lives and experiences. Big hugs to all of you!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:08 PM
what an overwhelming & exciting time for Bryan & your entire family!!! It's so awesome to see a smile on his face in the picture!!! i can't even begin to imagen the unbelievable feelings you all must have- i wish Bryan continued healing & daily improvements. Prayers, Strength Laughter, & Love to you all
# Greg
Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:47 AM
Blessings and love from New Jersey. Stay strong!!! You are all an inspiration.
# camille
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 11:25 PM
Bryan looks wonderful and I am so pleased and thankful that he is doing so well. I have been thinking about Bryan and all of you -his family and I always send up a prayer asking for Love and healing Light to saturate and surround all of you and to keep you close and give you all the Love, strength, clarity and all you need to navigate through this time in your lives. I hope the beautiful and joyous times are abundant and that they keep your spirits up. You are such lovely people and you are an inspiration. May your holiday season be filled with joy. Blessings to you all Stow family.
# Mona
Monday, December 24, 2012 9:00 PM
Merry Christmas Bryan! I hope you and your family have a Happy day together tomorrow. Love and good cheer to all of you.
# becky tinlin
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:52 PM
Bryan and the whole Stow extended family..... May you have a blessed Christmas and enjoy the real meaning of it all. God's Blessings upon all of you, as you continue your journey. You all are such inspiration and examples of God's committment to us all.
# Bridget
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 11:07 PM
MERRY CHRISTMAS BRYAN and BRYAN'S FAMILY! I wish you all the best. Thank you guys for the update. Bryan looks great.
# Renee
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 12:15 AM
Merry Christmas to the Stow family! You are still in our thoughts and prayers. I'm sure you had a special Christmas because you are all such special people.
# Carleen
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 10:35 AM
Wishing the Stow Family a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed, Happy 2013!! Still praying for you Bryan.
With love and hope from Carleen in Vancouver, WA
# pj sneeringer
Saturday, December 29, 2012 4:08 PM
hello there! i suffered a TBI in july of 2010. I'm still improving so me hearing your story and struggles is very relevant. I'm now going through a divorce(its pretty peaceful) but stressful as well! i still can't walk! by myself and I'm still going to speech therapy,but I'm very thankful its not worse! I'm a huge Phillies fan,so i know brains pain, not going to games! I'm currently living with my mom and her fiancé and my brother and sister! well my whole family wishes you the best and a speedy(nothing ever is withTBI) recovery! take care bryan and u got me rooting for the giants(when they don't play the phillies!)
# pj sneeringer
Saturday, December 29, 2012 4:12 PM
2013 is gonna be a great,new year!!!
# Jen
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 2:42 AM
Bryan- the Flynn family in Las Vegas, NV wish you a very expeditious recovery and a very happy 2013!
# claudia
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 11:20 PM
Thank you for keeping us updated with his recovery, Bryan is a true hero and I am deeply inspired by his strength to keep fighting his battle to recovery. I continue to pray for him and his family. May God bless you!
# Cathy Araiza
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 5:31 AM
I am glad to hear Bryan is recovering. I wrote about a year ago about my husband's recovery from a TBI in 1992, and I knew in my heart Bryan would recover also. I wish doctors wouldn't give up on people and tell their family there is no hope. If they would trust in God and believe in His powers of healing, and not give up to medical science there would be many more stories of survival. God gave doctors the ability to heal, but somewhere along the way He has been forgotten during the healing process. God Bless you Bryan and your family. So happy you are getting better, I know you will continue to get stronger, and tho you have so much pain, your faith can get you through everything.
Blessings for 2013, The Araizas, Cathy and Walter
# Michelle
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 1:08 PM
Blessings for the new year to the Stow family. On my heart daily and in my prayers. Miracles of the tiniest proportion happen every day, Bryan's body is working so hard to do what it needs to do. Remember all of us out here sending our love, prayers and cheerful thoughts to you all. With Love, Michelle

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Double hugs as I don't think my initial post went through. Bryan, you are truly an inspiration and are loved by so many, myself included. That goes for your awesome family, too. I am so sorry to hear about the seizures--how scary :( Please take care and I am also so thankful that the trial of the trial is behind you all. God Bless all of you.
Update July 21, 2014
Hi Bryan!
You are always in my thoughts and prayers and best wishes. I greatly appreciate your updates. I even had prayers petitions for you at St Joseph Church in Mountain View where I live. I will start another prayer petition very shortly for you and your family. You have a loving and caring family. God bless you and keep you in his care as well as your wonderful family!

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Update July 21, 2014
Dear Stow Family,
I followed the trial and prayed for more than you got. I continue to keep Bryan, your family, and friends and caregivers in my daily prayers. Those seizures sound very frightening, especially the after effects. It seems to be one step forward, two steps back, like so many other things in life. You are all awesome for what you do every day and night, making all the difference in Bryan's life. Stay strong!
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Update July 21, 2014
Hello to the Stow family: the prayers never cease for all of you. Bryan and you have been through such a long horrible journey, I am sure you wish you could just wake up from this nightmare. I thank you for this update.....there are many of us out here who continue the prayer circles and the prayer vigils....thank you for sharing this recent event. I truly wish there was something I could say that would ease the pain and the heartache. God Bless You All.
Keep fighting Bryan.......you have a lot of prayer warriors on your side.....you are a gem ! ! !
Update July 21, 2014
Hello to all your family. What incredible challenges Bryan, and you, are facing. Last fall, I started the Marty Lurie Fan Club; first as a joke, but it quickly evolved into a way to raise money for Bryan's fund...it just seemed like the perfect way for Giants fans to contribute to our larger community. I'm always happy to hear about the various fundraisers. Good luck to you as you travel this road.
Best, Billie Forer
Update July 21, 2014
Continue my prayers for Bryan and the family. I just
Still can't believe that a human or humans could do that
To another person!.. Is totally un forgivable!
May God continue to give you strength and bless you!
Update July 21, 2014
Thank you for the update. I hope that Bryan and the family know how large is his community of suppoters. If there is anything that we can do to support Bryan and his family just say the word!
Update July 21, 2014
Thank you for sharing and yea we know you been kinda of busy so don't ever feel the need to say sorry. It's great that Bryan will be taken care now wit the settlement I would assume it makes your parents and (you two) feel better know he is going to get the care he needs and should have. Not sure if you will be able to put his behind you but, it can move to the side or the back of your mind and your family can maybe somehow focus on their own life for a while. No amount of $ or time serve from the SOB will change anything. Bryan has a new normal. Try to break the OCD if you can. IT's a nightmare. Get him help for that. Usually when they get on mental disorder then more come to follow, keep an look out. Give him lots of love and no matter what and where your family is being though of
Update July 21, 2014
Much love to all the family as always--we are right there with you and will continue to be. Your family's strength and determination are amazing, Bryan:) Good to hear you are a movie buff--me too:)

XOXO and Go Giants--love you buddy!
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Update July 21, 2014
You have an amazing family! Wishing a speedy recovery from Iowa!
Update July 21, 2014
Hi Bryan-Know that you are frequently in my thoughts and are never far from the forefront of my mind. Wishing you days of happiness and love.

Update July 21, 2014
All the best to Bryan. Prayers from Santa Cruz. We miss his smile and love for our town. Thanks to the caregivers!
Update July 21, 2014
Bryan, Dave, Ann, Erin, and Bonnie,

It was such a pleasure to meet all of you in Los Angeles. I'm glad that part is behind you and you can focus on being with Bryan and helping him every day. You are all a huge inspiration to me and I look forward to continuing our friendship :)

Dina Currado
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Hi again, Bryan!
It always touches my heart to visit your site and it's beautiful to see how much love and support is present. You and your family are an amazing inspiration. Much appreciation!

If you're in town, you may enjoy this awesome event, coming up on July 19th. I’ve volunteered for Shared Adventures Day on the Beach events – some of the best days of my life. Hope to see you there!

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Generous volunteers lay down over 170 pieces of plywood on frames, creating a unique 5,700 square foot platform on the beach that enables those with mobility issues to travel over the sand with ease to all of our activities. We also offer beach wheel chair rides as an opportunity to explore the beach in a new way!
Every year we have free live music and entertainment, free food, sandcastle building, and much more! Participants represent a diverse range of ages (4 to 83 years old), and come from across the state and even the country to attend.
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With heart and big hugs from Santa Cruz.

March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
I hope Mr Stow gets better. Lucinda Andrade posted
Your story on my Facebook wall- terrible. I wish you
All the best sir.

Semper Fi