Forrest, its your Mum. You are working so hard each day and making steady progress for the first time since last October. You are healing at long last. We know there are incomprehensible obstacles still ahead in your journey, but you are strong. You have proven your courage and resiliency beyond measure. And your cadre of supporters, led with determination and grace by Austin will lift you up when you falter or grow weary.
There are exhilarating and heartwarming moments every day now. Your amazing Aunt Tricia reassures me that working with you on a daily basis may be really hard, but it's great because she knows what she's doing really "MATTERS." That clear sense of what really matters in life is a gift you have bestowed on everyone who has been touched by your journey. We continue to be blessed by friends, family and a community that offer support on a daily basis. Just this week Dr Gallegos graciously came to BrightWood to check out your teeth and advise us on oral care. Drs Falkenstein and Lee have helped us through innumerable medical challenges and your core friends rally around you every chance they get. It's exciting now for them to see the huge gains you are making. They have been by your side offering hope and faith when you couldn't respond. Now you can repay their devotion with a smile, a fist bump or a quick response. You soak in their energy and optimism and return it back ten fold.
The power of friendship and family, of that human connection we all rely on, I believe, is the real secret behind your ability to keep fighting day after day, to never give up. No matter how hard the challenge is, you offer your crooked smile and a thumbs up, your way of clearly saying "Bring it On"!
With love and gratitude for all our Angels,
|Forrest shaking Dr. Gallegos's hand|
|Aunt Tricia(dog trainer extraordinaire), on left, facilitates Forrest dropping the ball for Sundance to retrieve|
|Whitney & her Mom visit|