Live the Lion was created in an attempt to keep everyone up to date on Lance O'Cull and his road to recovery.

Lance was involved in a car accident near Morehead, Kentucky about 30 miles from where we grew up Thanksgiving weekend of 2010. He was airlifted from the scene of the accident to UK Medical Center in Lexington. The doctors told us that they could fix everything below the neck, but his brain was in God's hands. On December 22, after multiple surgeries, Lance was transferred to The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia for an intense rehabilitation program.

It was there that Lance began to gradually emerge from a coma. Lance was discharged to home, in Vanceburg on February 17th, to continue his therapy with family.

On March 10th, Lance's 25th birthday, he stood on his feet for the first time in 103 days, with lots of help. On May 11th, Lance was accepted into Cardinal Hill's brain injury unit. There he impressed and amazed our family and friends, as well as his therapists through the progress he made everyday.

Between September 2011 and April of 2012, Lance was back and forth between Cardinal Hill's inpatient program and Shepherd Center's inpatient and outpatient program. He has had a couple minor surgeries to enhance his healing and a baclofen pump inserted to help with the tone in his body.

For the past year, Lance is back in Lewis County splitting his time with both parents. He continues to travel to Ashland 3 times a week and Lexington once a week. He is learning to walk again and we couldn't be more thrilled.

It hasn't been easy, Lance has had some setbacks and tears still fall. But he is up and running this marathon. And we are all running right along beside him.

Most of the blog entries have been made by myself, Chelcee, the big sister, Brock, our baby brother, and Dr. Johnny, our dad. Our goal is for Lance to finish this blog as soon as he is able.

God has been with Lance and our entire family, giving us strength. We give Him the Glory. He is the God of Miracles.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

I've spent a lot of time with Lance.  We grew up together, lived in the same home, ate the same food, listened to the same music, learned to drive the same car.  I don't think I know anybody like the way I know Lance.  I don't think I could explain how we speak the same language, or what exactly that language is.  I understand him in ways I don't really understand.  I think Lance has taught me more about myself and life than anything or anyone else ever could have.
We haven't lived together since 2004, until this fall semester.  He showed up a week late for classes having just signed up and plopped on the couch with little more than a computer, a pair of sandals and an eager alacrity to learn something.  I'm a little disappointed that the closest and longest periods being together only occurred sporadically in the summer and during the holidays and it took us six years to find a city that we both could fit in.  Weird it was Morehead.
We had fun this semester.  We argued.  We played music.  We went to class.  We talked about philosophy, girls, how to change one's life, et cetera.
My life was changed forever this semester, before this accident ever occurred.  I learned a lot about myself and the way one perceives his experience.  Of most importance, I learned that I have a lot more to learn.  As always, he opened my eyes to things, not necessarily on purpose, but just by being a prime specimen to observe.  He was always the one flying over me leaving me in a state of bewilderment and sometimes, honest confusion.
I think this picture depicts our relationship somehow.  He's the fool in the wetsuit and I'm the one with blue hair.



  1. What a very special post Brock that, without a doubt, is from the depths of your heart. Lance is lucky having you in his life and watching over him while at the same time he watches over you. That is what family is all about. Stay strong and know daily prayers are going up for Lance and for all of you.

  2. Awesome! The picture as they say says a thousand words!! Some how I totally feel what you are saying and the picture is a perfect simile. Lance is blessed with a wonderful family!