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I wish everyone in our Push to Walk family a very Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoy family, friends, caring and sharing this holiday season. May you enjoy celebrating with those you love, cherishing the gifts of time spent together, family bonds and friendship. I am blessed to have all of you in my life, and am thankful to know you and your families. Our Push to Walk family holds a special place in my heart, and I am grateful to our wonderful and dedicated staff, motivated clients, supportive families, generous donors and good friends  who, together, make it all happen! Thank you for all you do for me, our clients, our program and our organization. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Love Cynthia

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Happy Wednesday!

I am SO happy to tell you that I have FINALLY completed all of the topics on my list to share with you in our Family Corner section of our website. While this information has been 10 years in the making, I do hope it is relevant and helpful to anyone going through the experience of sustaining a spinal cord injury – whether it is the person themselves, friends, family, loved ones, etc. Some of these topics required me to think back and re-live certain situations I would rather forget. Others enabled me to review what we had been through and try to provide others with information and knowledge. Most of them brought on powerful emotions which are usually just beneath the surface of my (hopefully) cool, calm and collected self. Many people I have met on this journey have told me how helpful my writings have been to them. Together with the emails in the “One Family’s Personal Story” section , I hope I have provided a glimpse into our lives that lets you know you are not alone. There are others that understand; there are others struggling with the same kind of challenges. One Mom told me that when she reached the end of my emails, she was hoping there was more. When she had read them all, she went back to the beginning and read them again. Re-reading them later, as she was dealing with changes in her daughter’s situation, she gleaned different things from them than the first time around.

While I generally find writing of this sort to be a healing process and a healthy outlet, it can also be emotionally draining. It’s not easy to re-live all the details of the early days, weeks and months. But in doing so, I hope I can help others, and that is a reward greater than the task. If I can help you with anything related to spinal cord injury that you or a loved one is going through, please email me at ctempleton@pushtowalknj.org. It’s all about helping one another, and paying it forward.

Cynthia

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My heart is in Boston today, as I think about the Marathon last year and the tragic events that resulted in people dying, losing limbs, suffering brain injuries and more. I think about the runners, the spectators and the first responders. People who were called upon to act and save others. People who lost their friends and family members. Tragedy abounds. But through the tragedy, the Boston spirit has survived, pulling others through the most difficult and unimaginable days they have encountered.

It almost seems like an afterthought that today’s event is about the 36,000 participants who have trained, sacrificed, and devoted themselves to their goal of completing 26.2 miles through the streets of Boston and surrounding towns. It is just so much more this year. These 36,000 people are running for all of us – for freedom, for strength, for resiliency. For each other. For those who were killed and injured. For those who perhaps witnessed the events and have never recovered emotionally. Thank you for running this year.

In some of the media coverage, I have seen pictures of people who have lost limbs and who are using wheelchairs. There are probably spinal cord injuries and brain injuries among them. Having connections to others (including my own son) who has a spinal cord injury, my heart hurts for what they are facing. But my heart also knows there will be better times ahead. None of it will be easy; most of it will be filled with challenges, fear and uncertainty. May we all be BOSTON STRONG and help those in need, even if it’s just in spirit, thoughts and prayers.

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Happy Friday! Happy Spring! I hope the calendar means that warm weather and sunshine are on their way.

My most recent addition to Push to Walk’s Website – Family Corner section is on getting help from others after a loved one sustains a spinal cord injury. I know that I felt, as a Mom, that only I could do certain things for my child. And for a time, that was pretty true. Or at least I felt I was the only one who “could or should” do things; who else would do as good as job, etc. But as time passed, I knew accepting help from others would help all of us. Not only for the family relationships as mother/son, but for me and my husband as well, and also for Darren and his sister. Family dynamics (which I’ll discuss in an upcoming section) were greatly affected, and having others help with day to day tasks and/or specific jobs really became a lifesaver.

I found it really important for Darren to take charge of his own care, to articulate his needs and make sure things were done properly. Those lines get blurry when it’s a family relationship, then the relationship becomes strained and affects other feelings. While it is impossible to think everything will go smoothly when talking about daily care and family relationships, at least having a good framework to work within, or goals to reach definitely can help.

Please check out the Family Corner section of our website, and I hope my experience helps someone out there going through similar situations. If you have ways you did things that helped you and your family, please let me know!

Cynthia

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Happy Friday!

My latest edition to the Family Corner section of Push to Walk’s website describes how I felt about establishing a schedule and routine for Darren, me and our family when we arrived home from Shepherd Center.

My intent was to establish a schedule of sorts as soon as possible, which was not necessarily a project that progressed evenly or predictably. Unplanned events happened, Darren would get sick, I don’t even remember all that was going on right when we got home. But I was pretty insistent on at least trying to maintain a regular routine, partly for my own sanity if nothing else.

I hope this information on our website helps some of you in similar situations, or helps reaffirm the fact you are not alone in going through this difficult transition. If there is anyone reading this blog post or website section, and you would like to discuss anything related to SCI, please feel free to comment here or get in touch with me. I am always available, and would be happy to help.

Cynthia

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Happy Friday!

First, a shout-out to the Kinnelon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and their advisor Anna Ellington for supporting Push to Walk and raising $600 for us through their help with the Jack O’Lantern Jamboree held last October. Thank you for all of your energy and enthusiasm!

For the next several Fridays, my blog post will be tied to new content we’ve added to the Family Corner section of our website. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve added new information to that part of our site, but I have committed to completing it, and have thought of new topics as well.

On the topic of “Doctors and Out-patient Therapy,” I hope I have provided some helpful information. Even though it has been almost 10 years (this July) since Darren’s injury, I can still remember the worries I had in coming home. He had battled SO many medical issues during his in-patient stay, that I was fearful of what lay ahead. At Shepherd Center, if there was a need for a doctor or a specialist, they were just called in. They did their rounds, came to his room – it was all very convenient. But the idea of being home without that medical support (in addition to all the other concerns!) was overwhelming.

Preparing ahead was the key, and making connections well before our arrival home made the transition that much easier. Read my post here. I hope you find it helpful.

If you have ideas for new topics in our Family Corner, or have questions you can’t find answers to anywhere else, please let me know!

Enjoy the weekend,

Cynthia

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I’m sure a lot of you watched the Olympics, and enjoyed the tough competition, the incredible skills and the amazing stories of the athletes and their families. Personally, I love the “back stories” of the athletes – how they got to be where they are, the adversities they’ve overcome and the drive they have to compete with the best in the world. I even love the commercials – thanking Mom and the backwards ones, too! In a world of DVR’s and on-demand programming, I don’t watch too many commercials anymore, but these were fun.

I see The Olympic Spirit every day at Push to Walk. Our trainers are the coaches, our clients the athletes and the families supporting all of us. Working hard at their training every time they come in, staying focused on their goals, and keeping a positive outlook all contribute to their success. Getting their names on our blackboard provides some incentive for them to accomplish special things each and every time they are here.

Blackboard

Here’s to OUR Olympians – our CLIENTS – and all they do every day to improve their lives. We may not have any medals to distribute, but hopefully our encouragement and dedication to help them is proof of our commitment.

Here’s also a shout-out to NOLAN KASPER, our family friend and US Ski Team Olympian who finished 13th out of 117 skiers in the Sochi Men’s Slalom Event. He was also the ONLY American man to finish both runs of that event. Congratulations, Nolan!!

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