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.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Thoughts for Brains
MySpace was for complaining and telling people about your band that had more t-shirt designs than songs. Xanga and Expage gave the young innocent mind the chance to really speak its voice concerning things that matter most in life--usually completely off-target, or miscommunicated to such a grotesque level as to be not so far from grade school gossip, playground talk, prepubescent romance and the like. And most currently, Facebook provides an immediate declaration of who you think you are and how you wish to appear to people. I won't even elaborate on twitter. Who invented this goofiness anyway?
My point is, blogs are legitimate when they have a purpose. Since my years of ramblings in various journals, notebooks, sketch pads, post-it notes, and internet-outlets, I've discovered the point of a blog: to simply communicate and freely publish--in a sense--personal thoughts, news, pictures and really, whatever you wish to share.
Lance and I started a blog on Tumblr last year for the sole purpose of sharing funny thoughts when we weren't together, so that we could read about each other's personal musings in separate cities. You can check out the blog we started here. This is a pretty good snapshot of who Lance is, and for those of you who don't really know him that well, it could suffice to say that Lance can be summed up in a few words: extreme humor, inappropriate jokes, intense scholasticism, and a passionate desire to find who and what exactly he is himself. Enjoy.