I thought it was about time to chime in personally to let you all know how I’ve been doing and how much I appreciate everyone’s support.
This past year and change has without a doubt, been the hardest time in my life. Since my initial injury, my entire life has been completely turned upside down. Because I’ve lost the ability to walk and use my fingers, I’ve had to relearn how to do virtually everything from using my phone, to brushing my teeth, to scratching an itch. Every task in my life has become a challenge, and it’s hard to fathom how much I took for granted before the injury.
In fact, the more I think about it the more I realize how hard it is to even talk about. The changes in my life are just so comprehensive that I don’t really even know where to start.
Without a doubt the most positive thing that has come out of all of this is the outpouring of support and love from family and friends. There is no way I could’ve gotten to this point without all of you. I can’t really even express properly how much I appreciate all of your support, but I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you.
One last thing I wanted to mention for now—another good thing that has come out of all this is that I have rediscovered one of my latent passions: art. Before the injury I was creative at work creating interfaces for apps and websites, but now since things have changed I’ve had to get “creative” so to speak and find a new outlet for my energy, and I am fortunate enough to still be able to use my hands to draw and paint. Despite everything that I am going through, when I am doing art, all is right with the world.
It brings me joy to create and share my art with my friends, family, and the world. It is my hope that by sharing my art, I can spread awareness about spinal cord injuries and what is still possible with the right attitude, and of course, love and support from all of you.
I will be posting some of the art on this site but also on my Patreon on page. Here is a link to check it out:
Today is a year since my brother's accident. Tonight is the last night Mom and Dad will be in Colorado with Chris, and tomorrow, after 7 and a half months living there helping him, they are flying back home to California. Chris and Brooke still have some logistical things to work out to make everyday life run smoothly, but even though it is hard to say goodbye (for now), it will be good for them to find their way back to their independent life. Today Chris, Brooke, Mom and Dad went to Rocky Mountain National Park. My mom just texted me some photos, so I created an album called One Year Later. She told me Chris took better photos, so when he sends them to me, I will add them. I also added an album with some beautiful photos of a hike Chris and Brooke went on recently with our friend Chris.
Jul 19, 2017
Last week was Chris' and our parents' last days at the apartment they rented in Littleton, as well as Chris' last days in out-patient care at Craig. The physical therapists in the NRN program made...
Jun 25, 2017
Dear Friends and Family, the last month and a half has brought some good news and some bad news. First of all, the good news is that Chris was able to get an FES bike for home, thanks to all of...
May 11, 2017
Chris is still working hard at Craig and creating art at home. He will be continuing his NRN program through June at which point, the current plan is to head back to Boulder. He is counting on...
Apr 11, 2017
I have added more photos to the album entitled Chris' Art. He has been creating a lot and I love seeing them all together because they are so colorful and expressive. I also created an album...
Apr 04, 2017
My brother sent me the photos that I took of him in his NRN while I was in Colorado in the beginning of March, so I have published them in an album here. My mom sent me photos of some artwork...
Mar 14, 2017
I spent the last week in Colorado with my brother and parents. Our good friend Chris Foehr also came to visit. He and my brother share the same birthday, March 9th. While we wish things could be...
Feb 26, 2017
Again, it has been a long time since I have posted an update. We all wanted more than anything to share some good news, but soon after Chris began his PT at Craig, the infections came back and he...
Dec 20, 2016
The transition from hospital to home was more challenging than we thought it would be, and because of this, it has been awhile since we have posted any updates. Just before Chris' homecoming,...
Nov 02, 2016
For the past several days, Chris has been quarantined in his room at Craig, due to an infection he got from being in the hospital environment. He and Brooke missed a Halloween party, but in the...
Oct 26, 2016
Craig provides a lot of good PT and OT, but they also have a Rec Center that allows the patients to participate in various activities. I created a new photo album called "Recreation at...
Oct 23, 2016
Thank you so much to all those who have donated. Chris has already begun to use the fund, buying a necessary accessible home furnishing he will need when he is discharged from the hospital. ...
Oct 18, 2016
It used to be that people who suffered from such injuries stayed at Craig for an average of 6 - 9 months, but now insurance companies push them to discharge their patients as soon as possible. ...