Tag Archives: disability

Living the Impossible

Impossible. That’s what they told us. Oh, they used different words at different hospitals, but they all said the same thing. After Kevin’s devastating spinal cord injury sustained in a fall, his situation seemed hopeless. He lay paralyzed from the neck down and kept alive by a ventilator. He was first taken to the local […]

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Living Threads

My bones were not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop  -Psalm 139:15 (GOD’S WORD Translation) You’re Complicated. You probably guessed that. You may have even been told that a few times by a frustrated friend, co-worker, or family member. You may […]

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The House That Grace Built

It was on July 11th of 1997 that our world changed forever. It was nineteen years ago this month that our son Kevin broke his neck in a fall and sustained a devastating spinal cord injury. It’s one of those anniversaries that are bittersweet. So much is so good in our lives. And yet, the […]

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Every Life Matters: What One “Useless Life” Taught Me

  She lay against the stark white sheets of the gurney, her face gray and her hands bent awkwardly inward in the characteristic manner of the disabled. A series of strokes had long-silenced her lilting Southern twang, and she communicated much as an infant, her cries and grunts only distinguishable to the initiated. At the […]

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Every Life Matters: The Gift of Existence

It would have been so much easier to die. Nearly nineteen years ago, our son lay paralyzed in the grass of a church lawn in Canada. He was practicing backflips with a friend when he missed a rotation, fell on his head, and broke his neck nearly at his skull. As a friend ran for […]

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Caregiving Holiday Blog Party

Hello and welcome to my place! I’m so glad you’re here. Since this a party, come on in and join us around the kitchen table. I’ll pretend I’m setting out the pine candles and lighting the Christmas tree. On the table there’s a plate of warm cookies and cups of steaming cider. Only I still […]

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You’re invited! Celebrate the E-Book Release of Song in the Night!

There’s a Song in the Night E-Book Release Party this Saturday on Facebook. It’s an online event celebrating the release of my first book “Song in the Night” in e-book format (which is available on Amazon’s Kindle). There will be a 3-hour day full of remembrance. This will include photos, quotes from her book, a […]

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Learning the Meaning of Sacrifice: Grace Thorson

Today I’m honored to host a guest post by my youngest daughter, Grace Thorson. Grace was very young when her brother Kevin suffered a spinal cord injury and paralysis. She offers a personal look at how Kevin’s injury impacted her life. Here is a fresh perspective on caregiving from the vantage point of a sibling.  […]

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Beauty from Ashes: Part 3

                                 The last two days, we have been learning the story of Barb Farrington and her daughter Katie following Katie’s accident in 1998. Today is the third and final installment of their inspiring story. In this post, Barb also shares some […]

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Beauty from Ashes: Part 2

  Yesterday, Barb Farrington shared the terrible accident that left her daughter Katie fighting for her life. Today, in Part 2, Barb describes the next steps in their journey. From Hospital to Home Katie was at St. Alphonsus Hospital for about a month, where she began to come out of her coma. She was moved […]

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