The Soldier and the Squirrel introduces children to the Purple Heart

through a loving story of a friendship between a newly wounded soldier

and Rocky the squirrel with his backyard friends. This story began as a

blog during my first year in bed after my incident. With much

encouragement, it is now a book and has been placed in the

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum. Please watch the video

on the About page to learn for the Soldier & Rocky are changing children's






Glorious Rejoice Dots Glitter





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Surgical Week Update

SCS Surgery from last Friday is looking successful! I am officially eight days post-op and the spine pain is cut by over 60%. I sat in bed comfortably today for the first time in over a year. SCS is a big step to take. But I am glad it's done. Rhizotomies from Wednesday are also healing well and have helped enormously in managing the cervical issues so I'd say this was a particularly full week!

Thank you for our meals, the love, messages, emails, texts, every single word has carried us all through one heck of a week. I am terrible right now about communicating as this has truly been survival week. Which is not half as much fun as Shark Week. Which is next week. So things are looking up.

Good news is: today I can see a light. I wanted the windows open. Took a shower. Smiled.

Now it's surgical recovery and in to see a specialist on CRPS to confirm diagnosis and begin therapy on my limbs. The question is, has there been irreversible motor damage in my legs and arm.

Thank you for your unbelievable support of our family. The fundraiser has made it possible for us to take a breath and pay sorely over-due surgical bills. The conversion of the staircase begins this week to extend the stair lift to the floor in the kitchen rather than at a landing with additional steps that "stop me in my tracks".

I don't know what the next 6-12 months will bring. I do know that whatever it is, it can't be more difficult than the last twelve. That's a good thing too.

Thank you especially to the children of our neighborhood who wanted to help our family and had lemonade stands and sales this week. We will never forget the feeling of reading your note and realizing all the hard work you did to make a difference in our life. Eliana, Levi, Jayden, Josie, Gianna and Cameron you are angels and I love you with all of my heart.

The children of Broadway Bound Players in Santa Clarita made head wraps they sold at their performances as well. The children pressed them at their homes and were in charge of this fundraiser and the image of young Luke ironing them in his home will stay with me forever.

Love to you all who have been there for us. Thank you again for being in my life. I can truly say, I do not know what I would ever do without you.

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Reader Comments (1)

Mic, You are taking the first steps on that mountain you wanted to climb.

Love, Sandy

August 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersandy k

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