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09/27/2008: "Day 184 (6 Months) - Last regular post"

Today marks 6 months since that night that changed everything. There are times that that night still haunts me as if it was yesterday. I know that much time has passed by witnessing the rebuilding Kate and I have progressed through, starting virtually at zero. It is a process that I couldn't have imagined without experiencing it, and it is a process that has changed us all.

In terms of recovery we have been told that the first 6 months are when the most progress happens. This, along with an increasing amount of normality returning to our lives, has led us to reflect on the events that have occured, and the people who were there to support us along the way. We are so thankful for all of the support we have received in all of their forms; Everything from emails and letters from all over the world, cards, flowers, hot meals, visits, phone calls, and especially all of the prayers. When I first posted about the accident on my website I didn't have a clue what I was starting, and how it would play out. While we knew how special Kate was to us, we could not have imagined the extent of her impact on the lives of those around her. We decided that the website would be an effective form of mass communication and that we could balance our sense of privacy with our request for specific prayers. It was only through seeing the responses and number of hits that we were getting that it became apparent how important this tool was. I always tried to keep the balance between how much to say, what to keep private, and how much emotion to show. In the end I tried to keep to the point and stick to the facts as we understood them at the time.

So, with that in mind I feel that it is understandable that this will be our last scheduled post. We are so thankful for everyone's prayers and support. It has been such a blessing for us to know that we have had such strong love and support through these past six months, when we have needed it most. Our hope is that we can pay that forward when someone else is in need.

Kate's recovery has been very significant, and her progress to date has been substantial. As aspects of our lives are returning to normal while moving forward, so will this website. In the past there was very little of substance here, and mostly posts about stuff I was doing or making. I expect that I will periodically post about things related to the accident, but I don't plan on that having to be very often.

Our most sincere thanks,

Kate and Paul Graham

Replies: 3 Comments

on Sunday, September 28th, Kate Sanderson (Jukes) said

Dear Paul and Kate,

Thank-you so much for taking the time out to write updates about Kate's recovery. I know it was probably one of the last things you wanted to do after a long day. Kate's recovery is absolutely a miracle. I am so happy to hear that life is getting back to normal for you both. I wish you guys all the love and happiness in the world. You will continue to be in my prayers.
Love, Kate

on Monday, September 29th, Dani said

Thank you so much Paul for all of the updates that you have posted over the last 6 months. As you mentioned, it helped us to focus our thoughts and prayers, and I hope that it has also served as something helpful for you. Kate's progress is incredible, and I am so happy that you will both be able to continue to grow and enjoy each other as a couple as the years go by. All the best to you both and many happy tomorrows!

on Thursday, October 2nd, erinmonett@muskoka.com">Erin Monett said

Thinking about you a lot lately....

with love xoxo


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