Thursday, April 1, 2010

Four steps

Four steps.

Four steps may not seem like much.

True, they will not get me very far.

In my office, four steps will not get me from my chair to my office door.

Four steps during a run do not count for much.

But four steps taken by my Dad, now that's something.

Yes, he had help.

Yes, he was using a hemi-walker.

Yes, yes, yes.

But four steps.

Taken by a man who survived a devastating non-surviveable stroke.

Taken by a man who had been so depressed lately he would barely speak.

Taken by a man who was told he would never walk again.

Four giant significant monumental steps.

30 comments:

  1. YAY! your dad is amazing and im so glad he is trying...it would have been so easy to recede into depression and stay there.

    GO DAD!

    xoxo

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  2. Whoo Hooo! That is a big deal. Awesome!

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  3. Yay!!! I'm so excited for your dad and your mom.. He's obviously a fighter. I hope this gives him the momentum to keep fighting.

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  4. TEARS!!!! so happy for you all!

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  5. Hurray! That's great news!

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  6. That is FANTASTIC news!!!! Hug your dad for me!

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  7. GO DAD!!! Gosh that must feel amazing - for everyone.

    Thank you for sharing that, it made me smile.

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  8. SO happy to hear that. I hope your dad continues to amaze you. You and your family definitely deserve some good news!

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  9. Wow. This made my day (as I'm sure it made yours as well!).

    Godspeed to your Dad. And may this be only the beginning set of many many steps in the future. *hugs*

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  10. Aaaaah! THAT IS AWESOME! ALL-CAPS AWESOME!. If anyone could do it, it's your dad. I'm so, so glad for him, and you, and your whole family. Wonderful news.

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  11. AWESOME News!! Go dad!! cheering you on *\O/**\O/*

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  12. That's awesome news. you and your dad should be proud!!!

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  13. Oh, the FABULOUSNESS! So pleased!
    (ps I still need to email you - am horribly behind!)

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  14. Am going to bed with the biggest grin on my face. Am truly delighted for you! (And am even more delighted for him - the improvement in between the frustrations for him must be like manna from heaven.) What better way to start the Holiday weekend!

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  15. That is such good news. So happy for you all. Just goes to show ... miracles do happen.

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  16. Amazing!! What a wonderful bit of news!!

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  17. This is truly amazing!!
    So happy, you must be over the moon!

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  18. Wonderful! This seems to be the week for good news about dads. I'm so happy for your dad, and for you. You're definitely overdue for some good news!

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  19. This is so beyond incredible. Really incredible. So thrilled for your dad! So thrilled for you!!

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  20. What awesome news!!!!! I am so happy for your dad & your entire family!

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  21. That's awesome! I'm so happy to hear some good news. How is your dad reacting to this? I hope this is the start of more progress for your dad!

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  22. I've been exactly where you are - so thrilled when my mom was able to stand. Not even take a step - just to stand - after a catastrophic fall. She never did take a step but could stand, pivot her body from her electric wheel chair to her bed or toilet. Every small thing she could do was so monumental to her and me.

    I hope this is only the beginning of many, many steps to come. Even when life isn't returned to what it was, your dad will reinvent himself with a new reality. As long as he can walk a bit and get himself around (electric wheelchairs are WONDERFUL, btw), it'll give him such joy to have that bit of independence.

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  23. This is WONDERFUL news!!! What a man!!!

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  24. That's AWESOME!!! Go DAD! He never ceases to amaze me with his strength and determination. It made me tear up, those four steps. We are all cheering him on.

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  25. Amazing news. I hope the four steps become fourteen and then forty and then so many that they can't be counted anymore.

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  26. Your Dad has defied the odds...and I truly hope you will too...somehow, someway. I don't know how but somehow, someway.

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