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!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Day by Day

Yes...we are still here! Sorry it's been awhile. Thank you for always checking in and for your continued prayer...lots to keep praying over.

 After our trip to Mexico and getting back to our routine, we have made some decisions on the near future. We have decided it would benefit our family for us to stick closer to home for a while. To that end I now have my FES Bike and Standing Frame at home and have established a full routine both on my own and with my Physio Therapists twice weekly. I am making great progress on my FES Bike. Just after 2 weeks I find that my muscles are strengthening and it's helping to reduce swelling and my toning. I am "riding" up to 16 KM - 4-5 times a week!

I am continuing with acupuncture once a week. I am not sure what it's doing for me, but even though I dread it...its very uncomfortable...we feel I need to continue it for now. Things are happening and although we aren't sure we can attribute it the acupuncture we aren't sure it's not.

One of my biggest struggles is the "sitting and watching" that I am forced to do. I find it very difficult to sit and watch people do things for me. I am so grateful for all the giving, loving people in my life but really miss being able to do for others and even for myself. It goes completely against my nature and I am waiting for God to show me how to do this well.

People ask me and my family members constantly if there has been "any change". I am noticing that my sense of feeling seems to have reached further below my level of injury. It's faint but I am definitely aware of it when concentrating.
Something I have been needing and asking God for was something to show me progress and re-fuel my hope. During my physio sessions my therapist lift me to a standing position at my kitchen counter. The biggest challenge so far has been being able to hold my knees in a locked position. Once this was achieved we moved onto developing weight transfer and then using my hip flex-ors and gluts’ to activate movement.

This past Tuesday I was able to translate all that into actual "voluntary movement".

We have attached a video for you to see, but want to make it clear that although this is definitely progress, I am not feeling what is happening here. I am activating this muscle movement through a great deal of concentration & effort and as you can see it still lacks control. I am taking this as a positive sign and gift from God. This is movement below my injury level and that is amazing!

 Please continue to pray for complete healing and that my muscles will continue to react favourably. Also, for our day-to-day decision making. Hugs Sandra


  1. Celebrating this voluntary movement with you!

    Continuing to stand in prayer & rest in the goodness of the LORD with you.

    love, Dixie

    " In Him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in His holy name."

    Psalm 33: 21

  2. Dear Sandra and Mike Thank you for sharing your journey - I know this can't always be easy. I am thankful that you are able to continue to wait upon the Lord and to see His hand in each small progress too. Sending big hugs to you, especially on those hard days. Rhonda:)

  3. Praising the Lord for His faithfulness and His promises. Jesus I lift up to you Sandra. I pray Lord that you will keep touching her with your mighty hands and bring mobility to her body and specially her legs and muscles. Lord it is by faith in your word and in your power that we ask you to bring sandra to a complete recovery. Lord we have faith that you can do this because nothing is too difficult for you. Your video reminded me of Psalm 37:23 In the literal sense it says " The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him". cbonhomme

  4. This is absolutely amazing! I so admire your fighting spirit, in the midst of your realization that God is able to do abundantly above all we could ask or think. We are privileged to be a part of your journey....Irene and Charles

  5. Awesome!! Watched video with tears. Sandra, I think of you very often, eventho don't post much. Thanks for the regular updates. You are near to my heart, esp as one year date approaches. You are teaching me and others in so many ways via your blog. Best to Mike and the girls too. -Anita

  6. Here I am again, late in writing but still constantly praying. You are truly amazing, and all that you have achieved, and are still to achieve, will not be lost in any shape or form to our wonderful God.
    I am also celebrating with you this movement that is happening below your injury level, and will forever keep praying for your complete healing.
    It's tiring, it's hard work, it's full of emotion and energy, and so often must be really frustrating. But God's love and strength is with you, and all of our prayers, together with the love of your beautiful family. So please keep going, you are doing sooo well....we are all so proud of you.
    Love in Christ and prayers always......Val.

  7. Thank you for continuing to share your journey with us. Praying for you and your upcoming surgery beautiful lady. Virginia xoxo