Hebrews 12:1-3

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Detroit Update!

Upright!  Oh What a feeling!!!
Detroit was very different from Chicago, from the paper work to the evaluation. We met for 9:30 to start the paper work and by 10am I was sitting with Diane the Physiotherpiest. Diane started by explaining the phylosipy and protocol that RIM has and how it would work for an out patient like my self. They normally break treatment down into three one hour sessions mat work, gate treatment and FES functial electric stimulation but with in those sessions they individualize it for each patient. What they are capable of and the potential that they could gain from that type of activity. Than it was time to gather information. Medical and functional. She did similar tests as to what I had done in Chicago but she added more and was diffiantly more thorough. She was happy to see that I was able to tighten my abdomin, this was a positive showing movement below my level of injury. She was confident that I would be able to gain a lot of strength and would benifit from working those muscles more and more. This would be done primarily during mat work and gate training. She also, used a machine that would measure the amount of force I could handle in my trunk area. This gives her a numerical measurement that can be used when they reasses at the one month mark to see if there is improvement. I was able to try out a standing machine. It was the first time I was upright in 9weeks oh what a feeling that was. We were able to arrange for me to try the FES bike tomorrow morning. Diane is confident that my nerves and muscles will react to this and it will be very beneficial. I'm very excited to try it. We still have a lot to think about and decisions to make as to what would be best for the whole family. We are very happy with Detroit and the treatment plan that they have come up with thus far. Tomorrow we will know even more.  Please continue to pray that God would direct us as to what would be best for our whole family. We are continuing to pray for complete healing. I was reading in my devotional the other day that reminded me that this to shall pass and right after it said but now would be great. So I'm praying that not only will God heal me completely but that He would do it quickly. Thank you to all for your love and prayers. Big Hug, Sandra


  1. Hi Mike and Sandra,
    I am finally finished taking my courses and doing my papers and so I thought I'd check the blog for an update. I'm glad to see that you are finding some possible options to push things to the limit. We continue to pray for positive response and continued healing. Also prayers that your spirits will remain alive and strong as you continue forward.
    Blessings as you are away from your girls. I know how hard that can be as well.
    I look forward to hear more progress.
    Mary Ann (for the whole Stassen family)

  2. Amen!! We are praying! :)


  3. Sandra,

    May God guide you and Mike in making the right decision not only for you, but for the whole family.

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalms 32:8

    Also, just want to add, that a few weeks ago I was feeling so burdened for you. I want you to know that even though it is summer and people are busy with their own summer holidays, you and Mike are not forgotten about at all. Even during family vacation, many, many people are still thinking of you and praying daily for you all.

    Sheri Moffatt

  4. Very exciting to hear about the assessments you are undergoing and rejoicing that you were able to be vertical and encouraged by the programs that you are considering. Baseline assessments are SO important and I was so pleased to see the details this morning .. and to know more specifically how to pray .. and also that you would hold tight to His Continual Presence and the HOPE that He gives. Big Hugs back at ya! Sandra L.

    "Hope is a golden cord connecting you to heaven. This cord helps you hold your head up high, even when multiple trials are buffeting you. I never leave your side, and I never let go of your hand." ~ Jesus Calling

  5. Exciting news! Praying that you'll discern and know just where God's miracle is waiting for you. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

    Loving all of you,
    Greta & Tom

  6. So relieved to get these encouraging news. He is able to do abundantly more than we could ask or think...Let's continue to trust Him at every step of the way on this journey of faith, including all the decisions you have to face. Keeping you and your family close at heart, Irene and Charles

  7. Luke 8:50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed." The daughter was already dead but Jesus said "just believe " Dear Lord we believe and you are willing to bring complete healing in this situation. let your power be manifested in Sandra's body. You are a a Healer " Jehova Rapha " Lord give this family a spirit of wisdom and discernment so that they know for sure what is your will and what treatment should they choose. In Jesus mighty name I pray

  8. That's encouraging news Sandra, I am praying for wisdom for you and Mike that you will know what the best treatment facility is for you at this time.
    Lisa Mayhew