News & Updates

Nov
19
Hi everyone!

This week Bryan has continued to show his incredible strength in therapy. Although it’s VERY hard and painful for him at times, when asked if he wants a break he often time says no. He has shown confusion, answering questions wrong or just not knowing the answers. But, in typical Bryan fashion there are goods with the not-so-goods. Along with his dedication in therapy he continues to prove that most of the time, he remembers the important things in his life; his children, his family, his friends, his favorite football and baseball teams. He asks if the Sharks won, and if the football game gets turned off while he’s sleeping, he wakes up. As we plan for Thanksgiving, we are well aware we have SO much to be thankful for.

Today we said goodbye to Dave’s brother John, who passed away November 3rd. He fought hard the past year after receiving a double lung transplant in October/2010. Bryan was very close to John, and John took it really hard when he found out what happened to Bryan. Bryan has not yet been told about his Uncle John or his friend Matt passing away and we hope to know when the time is right to tell him. It’s just not now. One thing we know for certain, is Bryan gained another guardian angel.
Our family has been there for us during the hardest times in our lives, and we are standing by them during theirs. Just like we all are standing by Bryan.


Comments

# rita mulholland
Saturday, November 19, 2011 11:31 PM
Bryan we still continue to think of you daily and pray for a speedy recovery. Love reading that you are coming along and doing the best you can. We hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday. We all have so much to be thankful for and your spirit to fight for your life is amazing. Love to my friend I have never met, and pray for your family all the best for this holiday season. <3 a Philly fan from Jersey
# laura ❤❤
Sunday, November 20, 2011 2:28 AM
Today must have been very hard for the family. I hope you know as I go to bed soon I will be praying for the whole family. I often wonder if Bryan knew about his friend and uncle and I would think he is much to delegate to be told about this right now. Only you will know when it is right. My prayer will be with you when you feel it is right.
I am sorry that Dave is having to deal with so much. I will ask God to give Dave that extra love he needs in his life right now.
I am happy that Bryan is pushing through and I hopes he does not feel like he has to do it all at once. We will be here for him forever. We care about him and the family don't over do it take your time and know you are so love and we have your back. Go team Bryan GO!

As always thank you for taking the time to update us. I know you have so much going on in your life and I feel very special that you keep us in the loop.
sending lots of ❤❤❤❤
# Patti Thatcher
Sunday, November 20, 2011 3:47 AM
Bryan you continue to amaze & inspire me! Your determination is astounding! Know that you are thought about & prayed for everyday! Hope tomorrow you are able to observe the day of rest & watch some football!! keep up the forward progess & remember we believe on you! To the entire Stow family, hope youcan feel the extra big hugz I send you today!!! XOXO
# PFC Greene, Colton
Sunday, November 20, 2011 11:25 AM
Been a solider in the army I see a lot of people like u working hard every day to get better and never quit. I wish I could know u in person but just haveing the honor of knowing ur uncle "the beast" in boulder I get to here from him about u and how you are doing and progressing every day and I salute you Brian Stow you inspire me to be the best solider I can be and to never quit. I thank you and keep working had you cam do it. hooah, pfc greene
# Paulio
Sunday, November 20, 2011 2:25 PM
Hey Stows. What a year for your family, no? This will no doubt be the most profound Thanksgiving in recent memory. I'm glad you have such a strong family because that's really what it's all about. Thanks, as always, for updating us on Bryan's condition. I usually think about him once or twice a day and imagine him working hard in therapy. But I'm sure I can never truly understand just how hard he's working and how much pain he endures. Bryan, you're a tremendous inspiration, dude. Keep going!
# Mona
Sunday, November 20, 2011 5:03 PM
Standing by Bryan and the rest of Stow Family always. Extra peace and love from LA.
# Renee
Sunday, November 20, 2011 5:50 PM
So sorry for your loss Stow family. Have a happy Thanksgiving! We will say a special prayer for you and Bryan. Keep fighting!
# Maureen
Sunday, November 20, 2011 8:35 PM
Dearest Bryan and Family,

You all are an amazing man Bryan and you have a beautiful family. What a wonderful family you all are, loving and supporting your Bryan!

Bryan I want you to know that you and your loving family are in my prayers...keep up with your remarkable recovery, You will grow stronger with each new day...You have such an amazing spirit! I am so proud of YOU!!!

I think of you often and it makes my heart so happy that you are getting better, I know the road is long and it's a tuff climb...I also know YOU can do it!

Know you are loved by many and most importantly: God is with you and He loves you so very much and will see you though this!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
God Bless you All

With the warmest regards,
~Maureen
# Pam
Sunday, November 20, 2011 11:13 PM
Thinking of all of you and continuing to be so inspired by all of your love, humor, and hard work. Thank you for posting these updates, and best wishes for Bryan's continued improvement. I hope the Stow family has a truly joyous Thanksgiving. Warm regards to all of you.
# Brenda K.
Monday, November 21, 2011 12:30 AM
Uncle John is in good hands now. I'm sorry for your family's loss. You people have been through too much heartache. I hope God makes it a little easier on you all in the future.

I, too, have been trying to think of things to be thankful for especially after my husband's TBI setback this past week. I've been feeling defeated and angry about it, but we will get through it. This is why I decided to do the same things as you are doing and try to remember to be thankful. It's not easy! May God watch over you and comfort you in all your trials.
# Melissa, Los Angeles
Monday, November 21, 2011 1:34 AM
I have thought about and prayed for Bryan and your entire family since Bryan's attack. I'm so sorry for your family's loss of Bryan's Uncle John.

I DVR'd and watched the Gabrielle Giffords 20/20 this morning. Watching her struggle to "thumb's up", pucker her lips, and find her words, reminded me of Bryan and his recovery as well as their decision not to tell her of the 6 deaths that occurred that day. The other thing that made me think of Bryan is her incredible will to take a step forward in her recovery, every chance she gets. If Bryan understands well, maybe it could help him to see someone with his same challenges defying all odds in her recovery? When I watched the show and learned about her condition and challenges, I couldn't help but relate everything to Bryan.

Continued love and prayers.
Love and Light to you all.
# Kathleen
Monday, November 21, 2011 1:07 PM
Hi Bryan,

Well, you continue to inspire me and show how such a great person will not let a tragic event keep him down. Your dedication to therapy, your unwilling to take a break is proof positive that you will not let anything get in your way of a full recovery. I continue to believe in you, in your full recovery and a great life.

I would like to also include my deepest sympathies and condolenses to all of the Stow family for their loss. I hope that with time, your loss is comforted with great memories and love that you shared. I competely understand and agree with you to not tell Bryan of his Uncle John's passing at the moment nor of his friend Matt's passing. It is very difficult however you will know when the time is right and when Bryan is able to "handle" this type of news.

For now, please know that my family & I continue to pray for Bryan, his recovery and all of the Stow family. We will be saying our thanksgiving prayers and Bryan & family will be included. As we are so thankful that Bryan is still with us, still able to battle through this and continue on his road to recovery!! Keep up the great work Bryan.
# Brian
Monday, November 21, 2011 2:30 PM
My thoughts and prayers stay with you Bryan. I think of you daily. I had back surgery last year, and when I read about your determination in therapy, its so inspiring. (ha, not to make light, I seen on reality TV the Terrell Owens show, and he's crying in physical therapy over his knee, and I think wow, your a prime specimen of physical shape and there's people with more serious surgeries pushing harder with less...)

Anyways, back to you, I am planning a trip to visit my sister in SF (as I'm in a small city outside of LA) and wondering if your followers and e-friends can visit or go somewhere to show there support. If not, I understand as I don't even like people coming while in hospital, let alone strangers... just I've been so drawn to you and your fight. I remember when the media tried to flip it and talk about a past, are you a friend of Bill W :) ... Your so a model of inspiration for we can recover from anything and jump any obsitcal.. and though in the moment we dont agree, god doesn't give us more then we can handle. Your his son and I think he's using you to inspire and touch many. Hope to meet you and good luck. Keep it going :)
# snausage
Monday, November 21, 2011 8:30 PM
To the Stow Family:

Your choice of song was perfect for this time. Fall and winter often carry a poignant sadness. But spring will come, and with it, renewal (and Spring Training!).

We, the many thousands of us who have Bryan and family in our thoughts and prayers, will stand by you. You may never see us or know us, but we are standing by you.

Jan from San Fran
Monday, November 21, 2011 11:37 PM
WOW! So, so happy to see the update today. Best wishes Bryan, here's to the Sharks winning! Glad you are awake.
# Mike Mentzos
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 9:05 AM
Prayers coming your way. As a Firefighter/EMT here in Washington I was stunned by the event that happened to Bryan. This story got my attention and I continue to follow the updates on your site and love seeing the progression he is making which will hopefuly be a full recovery and discharge home. My entire Fire Department has you in our thoughts
# Bryan's Fan
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 4:55 PM
♥ Have a Happy Thanksgiving! ♥
# Shelly Taylor
Thursday, November 24, 2011 2:19 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to You Bryan and The Stow Family. I am so greatful for hero's like yourself, and those who work so hard towards recovery and saving lifes. Much Love, Healing, and Cherished blessings I send your way. Enjoy the yummy food, music, and sunshine with your children, family and friends.
Respectfully,
Shelly Taylor
# Carleen
Thursday, November 24, 2011 3:39 PM
Thought I would take a moment from the cooking chaos to wish you, Bryan, and your beautiful family a very Happy Thanksgiving. Like your family, I'll be remembering how thankful I am for all the blessings in my life. The tough times we endure make us even more grateful for the beautiful things and people around us. Love and hugs to you from Carleen and family in Vancouver, WA
Thursday, November 24, 2011 7:00 PM
Happy Thanksgiving! One of the many things I am thankful for is the opportunity to witness the strength, love and devotion of the Stow family...thank you so much for sharing so much of your difficult road with us. You are truly an inspiration to every one of us.

The love and courage you have displayed makes this crazy world a little more hopeful!

I am also thankful for the progress Bryan has made!

God bless the Stow family, love and prayers continue!...Deb

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