Norma Myers shares the following letter of thanks for the support of the Salem community:
Steven Myers and his mom Norma returned to their home in Salem on Dec. 1 after spending three months at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga., where Steven underwent intensive inpatient rehab, followed by intensive daily outpatient rehab at Shepherd Pathways in Decatur, Ga.
We have been blessed beyond words to be surrounded by support since Aug. 13, 2012, the day of the automobile accident that left Steven with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and a life without his only brother, Aaron Myers.
The support we received then and continue to receive is indescribable. We hear from family and friends (old, new and complete strangers) daily reminding us that we are not alone in this ongoing journey.
While Steven has a long road ahead of him, we are thankful for his miraculous recovery so far. His days are full with doctor’s appointments and rehabilitative therapy. We are thankful to have all major surgeries behind us with the exception of one out-patient surgery scheduled in February putting us closer to Steven being able to focus solely on meeting his rehabilitation goals, which will ultimately put him closer to meeting his long term goals of returning to school and work. Steven’s determination is admirable!
Adjusting to life at home has been challenging as we continue to navigate our way in attempting to find TBI/disability resources for Steven, ensuring we have the right healthcare providers and going through the appeal process with our insurance company for medical equipment! But in the midst of these challenges we are reminded at how far Steven has come in only six months, and we continue to find comfort in the reality of knowing that with God and the support from our Salem and Roanoke Valley family and friends we will get through each obstacle one day at a time!
Now that the family is back together we can start the grieving process individually but, most importantly, as a family.
While our lives are changed forever one constant remains, and that is your demonstration to us of love, faithful prayers, support and random acts of kindness. We are thankful, privileged and blessed to belong to a special and rare community; a community that still believes in reaching out to others in their time of need!
Speaking of our special community, Lakeside Baptist Church is holding a Benefit Concert for Steven on April 13th at 7:00 p.m. For more information, click here. We hope to see you there! [Lakeside Baptist also held a pancake breakfast and fundraiser for the Myers family back in September.]
There are also other fundraisers in the works. We will post details on Steven’s CaringBridge site.
We sincerely thank you for your unwavering support! We honestly can’t imagine getting through this life-changing event without your support! We don’t take you for granted! We thank God for you each day!