I can only describe your outlook on the drive home as "High On Life"! You have been so patient through so many setbacks, that your elation now is even more profound. Explaining to friends last night you exclaim, "I have my whole skull back! I'm ME again!!!!" Darlin' you have been you, and only you, every day of this journey, but now at last you see your whole self when you check out your reflection in the mirror.
You are already game to jump back into your hectic schedule. Last night when Del called to welcome you home, you began planning your work outs telling him " I'd really rather not become a stick again!" Patience Darlin', Patience. You still need time to heal, but there's no stopping you now!
We are so thankful for all your faithful friends and supporters, especially to the guy friends who have been hanging out overnight to keep you company and safe at home. Last night your first night home from the hospital was a bit rough with some pain and your good friend Ben was there to help you get to through it. God bless Ben.
Hello all! Ben here, one of Forrest’s friends! This is my first time writing for the Team 44 blog (and first time writing a blog in general), so take it easy on me! I am so glad you are home man! I am beyond relieved that your surgery went well. I am constantly in awe of your incredibly positive attitude. Every time I think I may have a bad day, or think I am going through a rough time, I just think of you and your mentality. I think, “What would Forrest say right now?” A lot of times you help me realize my true potential that I don’t even see in myself. Your contagious smile and ability to laugh and light up the entire room is something not many people possess.
There are times where I may doubt myself, but then just hear your resounding voice in the back of my head telling me to keep pushing forward. For that I just want to say thank you! You are there for me more than you realize. I cannot begin to express the gratitude I have for you and your family, and all of the opportunities you guys have given me.
Now on a more serious note, I truly believe you are the one to pioneer the return of the fanny pack (for those of you that don’t know, Forrest has to have a post-op IV pump attached him on his person, which he carries in a fanny pack), because he totally pulls it off. Thanks for letting me write all over your blog champ! Here’s to all the good times we’ve had, and all the amazing times we are yet to experience! Thanks for always being you and always being a wonderful friend! - Ben