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.



~Chelcee




Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday, December 11th 2010

I know... I didn't post any updates last night. and thats because I slept in a real bed!


Lance got to spent lots of time in PACU. My good friend, Leanna was there to watch over his care. Then they decided he could go to a progressive bed. However, this morning they saw he had a little bit of pneumonia. So, we are going to go back to ICU as a precaution. They can watch him closer there. Lance never did like to stay in one place very long. 
Pneumonia isn't uncommon for patients with Lances injuries.  He has still been running a little fever. So, for now, only immediate family has been going in to see him. We have been meeting visitors out in the lobby. Just get a hold of one of us. 


Mom, Dad, Gena and I have worked out somewhat of a schedule. its not the best routine. but we are all sleeping in a real bed for more than 4 hours every 24 hour period. its progress. 
I'm actually in Morehead tonight. I'm going to work tomorrow and Monday. and I think my Dad is going to work on Tuesday. We don't want him to be alone, so we are just going to alternate shifts for the time being. 




Again, we cant begin to express our gratitude to everyone. To picking up extra clothes or prescriptions, to coming up with amazing ways for us to sleep better on chairs and coffee tables, and baking cookies, and all of the countless trips everyone has made to Lexington. We cant thank you enough. 


Please, keep the prayers coming. 
Our God is an Awesome God. He can do Awesome things. 

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