Our Warrior’s Adventure (click ‘See All’ to read story)
Hello friends and family. Here we begin to share with you Jack’s adventure. Through the non-profit organization Help Hope Live, we are raising money to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with Jack’s Spinal Cord Injury. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Give button. Please Note: If you are planning to contribute, contributions are updated on the site every 24 hours. If you donate Anonymously there is no way for us to say thank you!
September 23, 2020
Sept 23, 2020
It’s hard to believe we have less time than more time here at Shepherd. Kip arrives on Friday to do the family training….I don’t think Jack and I have ever been more excited to see him! We are lucky, Kip and I, that we created these tiny beings who have taught us so much about love, family and hope.
I am guessing that family training will be a bit of a shocker for Kipper…..the first night here, I said to Chinwe, our night PCT, “You’re going to do WHAT to my kid???” I had never (probably like most of you) heard of a bowel program.
We have learned so much about the human body during our stay here. It’s truly fascinating.
It’s like one of those things, when you drive by a medical supply store or a Spinal Cord rehabilitation center and somewhere in your brain you think about it for a minute, but since it’s not your everyday life, it’s a fleeting thought.
I am happy to say that I am now the proud owner of a blood pressure monitor, a pulse ox and a set of those flashlights that hang around your neck;).
On top of what I have learned from the experiance so far, now I realize that I am just like anybody else who needs to concur a fear. It’s ok to be scared. Lately I have been thinking about fear. I think fear is mostly due to the unknown. I remember when I was pregnant with Maggie and I got a call from our doctor…she told me the amnio had come back and Mag would have Down Syndrome. It was scary only because it was unknown. But once I started learning it became less scary. Knowledge really is Power! Thank you, Thomas Jefferson!!! I finally get it.
This journey has taught me that we all have fear, but now I realize, it’s ok, and that it’s ok to lean on the relationships we’ve built over our lifetime and the new ones that are just blossoming.
Also, we have been extended to a discharge date of Oct 20th!!!!
4 more weeks of Inpatient Awesomeness!!!! Then it’s Day Program here at Shepherd or Back to Maine!
…..Oh and did I mention…..Jack’s left arm is joining the party:)
Love you all
September 8, 2020
It’s late at night here at Shepherd. Jack and I just got off the phone with Kip, Gus, Maggie and Patrick. These last 10 or so days have been filled with laughter….frustration….sadness….joy….fear….sorrow
Everyone asks us, how are you? How is Jack? Some days it’s like nothing has changed….Some days its like nothing will ever be the same again.
On the days where it seems like nothing has changed, Jack tells me his goals are to FEEL with his fingers, continue to follow in his dad’s footsteps and be an actor and play xbox with his brother Gus. He zooms around in his wheelchair (too fast), hangs out with his new life long friends watching movies and looking for fancy cars.
But on the other days, the ones where nothing will be the same again, I watch my kid cry because he’s not sure he will ever walk again and the realization of the life he knew has changed forever. He talks about how no one will really understand what it’s like, aside from his friends here…how he is intimidated by the water and he’s not sure he will ever want to go back in it.
It’s hard to say how we are
We are mad that we are stuck in this waiting game with no guarantees
We are grateful that we have found so many loving, kind souls who restore our faith in humanity
We are thankful that Jack is alive.
We are sad that we will have to leave our bubble here at Shepherd
We are laughing through tears because we make jokes about poop, dare I say SHIT, all the time
It’s no picnic, no ones life is. We all have struggles, mostly though, connecting on a genuine level and feeling love is all any one really wants. And if we can all do that with a little bit of laughter, tears and….shit…well then I think
“everything little thing is gonna be alright”-Bob Marley
Thank you everyone, for joining us on this journey. Love Cammie & Jack
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October 21, 2020
Thinking of you Jack and family!!
October 9, 2020
I'm only now hearing of Jack's story, but tonight reading it and your updates I was so moved but the love, hope and resilience you exude. My heart goes out to you all, and my wishes for comfort, peace, and recovery are being sent to you with love.
September 25, 2020
Hey Cammie, Jack and Leftie, So glad you decided to join the game and get involved! Glad Dad will be there soon and that you are going onto the next step of the journey soon. Soak up every opportunity to learn and have fun. Make peace with the water. Much love. Bernadette
September 24, 2020
Sending love, light and hopes for everyday being better than the day before❤