Friday, January 3, 2014


Yesterday afternoon, Forrest and his entourage departed Washington Hospital Center and journeyed home to snowy BrightWood.  Forrest is receiving IV antibiotics around the clock and has family members staying with him at all times.  Balance continues to be an issue as his body adjusts to life without his "lid".  He is anemic, has lost ten pounds and tires easily.  We are so thankful for the countless prayers, caring texts, phone calls and visitors that helped us bring him home again. Tonight his spirits were visibly lifted when multiple visitors stopped by the ManCave to welcome The Champ home.  Music and laughter filled BrightWood as Forrest played guitar and sang with Hunt and Sue Lyman, friends Nick and Peyton, Austin and Grandmom Norma.  So tonight the stars shine a little brighter and laughter sounds a little sweeter as we fill the house with healing love and energy...thankful for Forrest's unfailing courage and perseverance.

With Gratitude,
Team Forrest


  1. We are constantly thrilled that so many of Forrest's contemporaries have continued to visit, email, post on FB, sing, and party with and for Forrest. It's remarkable that, while immersed in their own busy lives of graduations, starting college, traveling, making new friends, etc., so many have made staying close to Forrest a priority. We KNOW that it lifts the spirits of your beleaguered family, as well as gives Forrest both grounding and optimism for the future.

    These latest surgeries have seemed such low blows yet, knowing Rae as we do, we're sure that she can/will find the glimmers of opportunities they have presented. Some of the comments in the previous posting have already reminded us all that each procedure has provided another stepping stone forward AND that Forrest's story is, undoubtedly, a source of hope and inspiration for others struggling with similar medical challenges.

    For now, settle into your cosy home, Forrest, and let your body continue it's healing journey. Dad's cooking, Mum's smoothies, Austin's jokes, Trisha's thumb wrestling, Grandma Norma's smiles, and the "Atta boy" attitude of all around you will help. Get lots of rest and don't play any football over the next few days :)

    We love you all.

    Diane and Jay

  2. I'm so glad you are all home again! Not only that, but you had a welcoming committee to welcome you back!! That is so neat. We're keeping the prayers going up for you, Forrest, and for your great Team!

    Love and Prayers,

    Joyce and Wilbur Ellis

  3. So glad Forrest made it home! Owen hopes to visit sometime soon. You remain a champion in our eyes and we are praying for continued healing and recovery. Bless you Forrest and all of Team 44.

  4. Forrest, so glad you are home! I know all your friends at WHC were glad to see you, but its good to know you're back in the Man Cave! I know this holiday season was not the season Team Forrest was visioning, but lucky for y'all it is 2014 now. And, since we're finally back to a year with a four in it, this is YOUR year. Forrest, I can't tell you what great and strong feelings I have about this year being the year of 20-FORR-teen (I'm still good for a corny joke, promise! :) ). Keep up all your hard work and keep fighting, champ! Give everyone a hug for me and make someone give you a big hug from me! I can't wait to hear about all the wonderful things you accomplish this year!

    Sending lots of love from South Carolina,

  5. So glad you made it home safely Forrest! You look great!
    Best wishes!
    Fraley Coles

  6. Thrilled to hear that you are back home. So love seeing the photos of you playing the guitar with Hunt Lyman :-)
    Know and believe that you are celebrating the New Year and the POSITIVE things that will come with it! I am in awe of YOU, forrest. xxox

  7. Welcome home, Forrest and Team 44 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No treatment or antibiotic is more healing than home with love and friends !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Prayers and awesome thoughts continue your way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Congratulations on your home day of the year so far...but it is just the beginning!!! 2014 is the year you will conquer all obstacles big or small and triumph!!! With the Man-Cave, Brightwood's wonderful staff, family and friends, as well as your faithful companion Toliver, life is sure to be so much better...Beds and food at home are always the best recipe for healing....all the best as you grow stronger and, Sharon

  9. So happy you are home!!! I know you will test much better there and grow stronger every day! Thinking of you! Amy and Fallyn

    I am so glad to see you are home. It looks like the fun continues at Brightwood despite the hurdles that present themselves. You are astounding. Nothing holds you back or keeps you down. (Never give up, never back down, never surrender!)
    I REALLY want to come out for a visit, just waiting for the ok as the boys would like to come too.
    We are all praying for you and thinking about you and wishing you all the BEST for the New Year.
    I love seeing the pictures on the blog with your smile as big and bright as ever.
    Blessings and love,
    Nurse Karen

  11. Hi Forrest,

    We're so glad you made it back to the man cave, where it looks as if you are having a great 'jammin' session. You're the man--the miracle man, and I'm sure your amazing doctors, team, and parents will come up with a fantastic groundbreaking way to manage going forward. Keep up with the best smiles in the world, and all your progress. You are the ultimate 'cool guy'!

    Lots of love from Jim and Gail.

  12. So glad you are back home!! Hope you feel better and better each day!

  13. Just stopping in to say hi. Wondering how you are feeling today Forrest! It's COLD!!!

  14. So glad to hear you are back home. Stay safe and warm in your Man Cave!! Thinking of you and your family.
    Best Wishes,
    Mary Thomas