Of all the wide range of emotions this journey has revealed to us, defeat has never even been considered. But this week I feared I saw it for the first time on your face. Utter defeat is void of hope, It is paralyzing. It sucks the life force out of the room leaving only a shadow behind. Defeat is more terrifying than anger or rage, but we saw those as well this week as you battle to reassert yourself.
Megan, Forrest and Nathan. Awesome cast and Crew members of Stink!
The amazing inspiring and talented "Stinky" Cast and Crew !
PLEASE come. Bring your family and friends. You will be glad you did!
We cried, or rather I cried, then we scraped our game faces off the floor, linked arms, gathered strength from family and friends and went after the demon. We refuse to believe that the Come Back Kid would give up. It has to be side effects of the medication making you so depressed and frequently either non-responsive or angry. It's just not YOU. We cannot let the medicine that is supposed to protect you, instead rob you of your personality, your humor, your optimism. After multiple consultations the doctors have agreed to begin lowering your first seizure medication sooner than planned. There are no guarantees, only calculated risks. We hope and pray this is the right decision, that you won't have another seizure, your sparkle and shine will burst through the fog and your humor will re-energize Team Forrest.
We are grateful beyond belief for the many messages of encouragement, faith, and support and the visits of your friends this week; Gio, Shayna, Tori, Nick and Derek. They bring the most wonderful energy and light into our lives! The incredible cast and crew of APTB Summer camp have been patient and supportive, while they challenge you to keep moving forward. Austin and Tami create humor and patience where it doesn't exist, just when we need it most.
So tomorrow morning we begin decreasing the suspect medication and are hoping that within the following 48 to 72 hours we will begin seeing more and more of the Forrest we adore.
There is a show to put on this week end at the culmination of A Place To Be summer camp. And the musical "Stink" needs its dragonfly bartender, Forrest, to be in fine form!
Please come cheer for Forrest and the amazing cast & crew! It promises to be a most creative and humorous look at a Stink Bug named Stanley and his dreams!
Paying it Forward: Austin's CCI puppy Martin will hopefully change someone's life like Toliver has Forrest's. (photo by Sharon Hallman) Check out Sharon's other Martin photos and follow Martin's journey at https://www.facebook.com/martincci
Celebrating the most wonderful Pops on Fathers Day with your first venture into the pool
With Faith Love and Renewed Optimism,