The Past Weekend; from Grierstrong page

I have to say, this weekend more than exceeded my expectations. The abilities Expo not only provided a ton of information pertaining to devices and resources such as recreational therapy in the Northeast but continued to affirm and expand my expectations of life moving forward. I met many more great people who have found life to be that much better after their injury. Their reassuring words help me understand that life will carry on and be as great if not greater than it was before.

At the soccer game that evening I was able to see many relatives; some that I had not seen since my injury. It was great to catch up with them and hear their reassuring words. I’d like to think that at the same time I was able to relieve their conscience as they were able to see, in person, that for the most part I have come around from this injury quite well. Following the game my family and I checked into our hotel and because of the exhausting day we just managed to get into the room before falling right asleep. The entire dynamic worked out much better than expected and was not difficult at all. So I definitely see hotel stays in my future; tropical vacations here I come!

The following day we were up and out of the hotel early heading to the watermelon bash; and what a bash it was. From what I heard this was the biggest turnout they’ve ever had. Being there I could just feel the positive energy in the air; everyone seemed like they were having a blast and I couldn’t have hoped for anything more. Following the fantastic group picture and inevitable long cleanup the brothers and I returned to the house to watch the game and have some lunch. Sitting in the common room with calzones from Boomers and the game on the projector it felt just like old times and I didn’t want it to end. Upon leaving I knew it wouldn’t be long before I was returning again.

All in all this past weekend was nothing less than amazing. I was and continue to be so overwhelmed by all of the support I have received; from my family, close friends, and even the friends that I have yet to meet. I wouldn’t be in the same place I am today without it. I keep fighting for myself but more importantly for everyone around me and without a doubt will never stop.

Thank you all.

Jared Grier

3 thoughts on “The Past Weekend; from Grierstrong page

  1. Hi Jared,
    I know it has been long time since you were in my 1st/2nd grade class at Lyman! I just recently heard about your fall and found the link to your blog. My daughter Eloise goes to Miss Joanne’s now so Bonny Fowler told me about it. This summer my husband was tutoring a young man in a situation somewhat similar to yours and it made us think about learning new ways to do every little thing. I am so glad to be able to read about your progress. It’s amazing! Your pizza prep process reminded me of our cooking times at school and I am not surprised that both you and your dad are putting your heads together to figure out how to create or adapt tools that will help you do all sorts of things. I look forward to following your new adventures and will keep you and your family in my thoughts. I’m also happy that you’ve made it back to Connecticut. (It’s Durham Fair Friday – My daughter and I just went to the Durham Fair this morning!)
    Margo Novak aka Ms. Novak!


  2. Hi Jared…
    I want to let you know how much of an inspiration you and your family are to me! This blog has offered an education to me, for sure, but, mostly, I am so happy to experience your beautiful and strong spirit! I saw it in you in one of the first photos I saw of you on FB. It is wonderful that you had a great weekend at the Expo and with your friends! I have been following your magical progress (and, of course, all of your and your family’s hard work to make the ‘magic’ happen) and thought it was time to say hello. Be well, stay strong and be happy!

    You may be wondering who I am and how I got here… My Mom was (is) Bob Grier’s wife, Eileen’s first cousin…and I am FB friends with her children, my first cousins once removed. Mystery solved. 🙂


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