May 29, 2009 • 12:00 pm
“In an instant, all of life can change…. May 29, 2009 was an indelible mark, a branding if you will, on our family history. Seared on our hearts was a radiant Friday in May, a playground, … a fall.”
“When my kids arrived, the deadness of my limbs hit me afresh. I could not comfort William or Gwyneth with a hug. I could not find comfort in hugging them.”
“When the ER doctor returned with the test results … all hope had drained from his face. My spinal cord, he explained, was crushed and lacerated. I needed emergency surgery.”
May 29, 2009 • 5:00 pm
“My inability to see (having had my contacts removed for surgery) coupled with my inability to move created a whole new level of terror. I was completely helpless in my caged body.”
May 29, 2009 • 11:53 pm
Moved to ICU
“Though our Father promises to hear the cries of His children, He has not promised to exhaustively reveal His mind or plans. We must trust Him—and sometimes in the dark.”
June 4, 2009
Moved To Rehab Hospital
June 5, 2009
“My physiatrist, a doctor specializing in spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, told John life as he knew it was over, that I was not the same woman he knew a week ago.”
“To know Jesus Christ … is to possess a heart of hope—a heart that dares to persist in faith in the midst of the dark night, against the pain and pressures of life because you are not alone, you belong to someone.”
June 6 — July 15, 2009
The Rehab Journey
KATHERINE BEGINS OCCUPATIONAL, RESPIRATORY, AND PHYSICAL THERAPY
“Over the next 40 days in the rehabilitation hospital, I made, as John urged, a little bit of progress each day. Only some days, I was a little rebellious and then the progress was stunning.”
LEARNED TO DRIVE ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR
STRAIGHTENED UP IN ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR
RELEARNED TO CRAWL AND STAND
TOOK OFF WRIST BRACE
GAINED ARM STRENGTH AND AGILITY
“When you suffer a spinal cord injury, the question on everyone’s mind is, ‘Will she ever walk again?’ But I was wrestling with another reality. What if I can walk, but my hands never heal?”
“My therapist Ashley said she wished she had videotaped my progress; never had she witnessed anything like it…. God was healing my body in a profound way. And in the process, He was showing His great glory.”
“We are called to live with strength and courage of heart. A shadow may exist over our joy. But it cannot make us forever numb to joy.”
JUly 4, 2009
First day trip home!
Spends a good day with her family.
Release date moved from July 22 up to July 14!
Kate is told she must be walking confidently by then.
JUly 14, 2009
KATHERINE IS SENT HOME, WALKING WITH CANE.
“I was ever so thankful to be home, yet I missed the stability and safety of being surrounded by specialists. Now I was bombarded with reminders of things I could not do.”
“There are moments in life when we must all come to terms with our smallness and fragility…. Our need for mercy and for someone to come and rescue us is brought into the light…. Shedding the falsehood of autonomy and self-sufficiency, we can receive the love of Jesus and others.”