Hey Forrest, as I write this, you, Maylin, Nurse Z and I are watching a DVD of you playing the part of Jem in the Creative Youth Theatre production of "To Kill a Mockingbird". The rain is pouring down outside and the fire is crackling warmth in your Man Cave. We are all transfixed, watching you so young and talented, hearing your youthful voice. I ache to hear your voice again, Forrest. We know you understand language and we hope and pray that you will find your own voice again soon. You have so much to tell us.
While we wait for your surgery date, still planned for March 23rd, we focus on those things that we can impact. Each day we recite the many blessings we are grateful for. We are blessed with your indomitable spirit, a loving family, an incredible team of caregivers, extraordinary friends, our Spring like weather that has allowed you to spend so much time healing out of doors, and our caring supportive community. With Tom and Melissa's determination we link arms and battle with you to find your voice. With Del and Valerie's guidance we concentrate on keeping your muscles and joints limber. Austin and Maylin create endless reasons for you to smile and laugh. We take you outside every chance we can, We feed you wholesome organic smoothies. We are by your side night and day to protect your airway and together we celebrate every victory.
Each day you face your demons head on with strength and grace as you fight to regain your life. Recently, after months of coaching and encouragement and with huge effort, you finally found your own hands and when the dystonia allows, you open those hands to the world around you. You and your brother are my inspiration, my heroes, the light of my life. You will succeed.
Forrest and his Team are really excited that Spring is just around the corner and are hoping Spring Break will allow Forrest's faithful friends time to stop by and catch up. His whole being brightens when his friends are around! And they reinvigorate Team 44 and infuse the Man Cave with youthful energy and enthusiasm!
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With love from BrightWood,
While Forrest spends time on the tilt table, Panda Coach Austin helps Forrest regain control of his hands using the familiar feel of his LAX stick.