On : 6 October, 2018 | Category : 2018

  During my work in home health care, a common theme seemed to frequently arise.  I would go to work with a patient, usually in their 80’s, often who had just had a hip replacement or some other hospitalization.  They would tell me about how they were functioning beforehand—maybe fairly independently but using a walker.  […]


On : 16 January, 2018 | Category : 2018

  When we were first given Faith’s diagnosis, I had never heard of the term.  A quick Google search gave me enough information to know that the condition was “fatal” and “irreversible,” that treatment was aimed at controlling symptoms, and there is no cure.   We have a trusted mentor at our church who is […]

Week Two

On : 13 June, 2014 | Category : 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!  I couldn’t have asked for a greater gift than seeing my child happy and excelling toward her goals.  Today began the second week of her intensive physical therapy.  We arrived a couple minutes late, so I drove her right up to the door and asked her to take her cane and […]

Post Testing

On : 13 June, 2014 | Category : 2014

When I was in middle school math class, my teacher happened to be my best friend’s dad and was a great mentor to me.  He taught us one day the importance of setting specific goals with specific time frames, writing them down and working toward them.  That concept really clicked with me, and I have […]

More Strength and Confidence

On : 15 April, 2014 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

Jian continues to improve strength, balance and confidence.  She has taken some independent steps on the uneven surface of the grass at the park. She has walked down a sidewalk independently with other people watching.  She walks to her Sunday School class without us now by holding onto the wall.  She used her cane to […]

Longer distances

On : 8 March, 2014 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

In the past couple of weeks, Jian has walked approximately 100 feet independently in public on multiple occasions!

More Independent Walking!

On : 17 February, 2014 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

Last week was a weird week here.  We had threats of inclement weather and finally did get some snow Wednesday night.  As a result, Jian was out of school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  When I went to pick her up on Monday, she came to the car about 10 minutes later than usual.  Her […]

HUGE progress!

On : 14 January, 2014 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

Tonight we got home and pulled into our basement garage.  Jian got out of the car.  I told her to practice walking all by herself through the garage and basement and to the stairs.  She did it.  Then she held the handrail and walked up the entire flight of stairs.  Then she walked through the […]

Independent Walking in the Classroom

On : 11 January, 2014 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

Jian’s number one goal is to walk independently without using a cane or wearing her leg brace.  So this is what we practice at home.  Every.  Single.  Day.  My hope has been that she will become so confident with her ability that she will start to do it on her own within her classroom at […]

Independent Walking

On : 6 December, 2013 | Category : Mobility Progress Logs

Today Jian walked without her brace or cane inside our house 50 feet in 3 minutes. She is more confident. She had to steady herself by touching the wall several times.