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Mar
04

Hi everyone! Since the last update, Bryan went back in the hospital for a third time. The staff was concerned about the swelling and color of his leg so he was taken to the ER. It was explained to us that, because of how damaged his veins are, it will take months for the blood clots to dissolve, and he was released after about a week. As usual, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. While in the hospital it was discovered that Bry had a bladder infection.  Bryan is in need of further surgeries for the extra bone growth, but the idea is very scary, since he will need to be taken off the blood thinners a day or so before the surgery. It’s obvious that Bry needs to be on blood thinners at all times, so the doctors need to really be careful. However, any surgeries have been indefinitely postponed.

As mentioned before, his hospitalizations caused huge set-backs for him, both physically and mentally. He gets confused easier and needs even more assistance than before. His therapies are limited due to pain but he has been able to do pool therapy in the heated pool, which he seems to like.  
It’s easy for us to get down about what happened to Bry and what he continues to go through. With that being said, we have talked to, met or read about other people who suffered from a TBI and we realize just how much worse it could be. There is so much still unknown about TBIs, especially the recovery process. Without physical, speech and cognitive therapies, there is no progression! Something has got to change. We aren’t sure how to do it, but know we want to help or make a difference any way we can.
One way we are trying to help is with the annual Walk for Brain Injury on April 20, 2013. Last year we exceeded our goal, but this year, due to Bryan’s medical emergencies, we have been unable to really establish a team, or to focus on raising money. We have included the link to our team page “Get Stow-ked” as well as the Biacal website to get further information on this cause.
We thank you all for your continued support, love and prayers for Bryan!!
 

Comments

# andrea
Monday, March 04, 2013 6:07 PM
although i may not always be visible, Bryan & all of his extended family are constantly in my thoughts & prayers... my most sincere wishes that he finds some relief from all his pain~

i am proud to be coming to San Jose in April to participate in the walk! & i look forward to being together!

much love,
xxxooo
andrea~
# laura<3
Monday, March 04, 2013 6:20 PM
As always thank you for sharing and keep us up to date on Bryan. I think of Bryan often and infact the whole family. ( I saw a spider toda in the kitchen & guess who I was thinking of) All joking aside I think of you all and love you so much. I'm sadden to hear he had to go back in and I know having seen my father on blood thinners that it's a pain in the a@@.
He always going in to get his blood check and from time to time it get to thin or too think. It's really somthing work with. I'm sure Bry will get better and it will take sometime to work out the right amount.
I will be praying for him to be able to get back into PT/OT.
I have to tell you working in the pool my self it's a life saver for my joints. and it really allows you do what you can't do on land. Many blessing to Bryan and family. <3
# Mona
Monday, March 04, 2013 6:26 PM
My first thought after reading that Bryan was back in the hospital, was "oh no." :/ I am glad he has been released. I just looked at the page for the TBI walk and saw the headline "someone with TBI makes me proud every day." Stow family, and Bryan especially, I may not personally know any of you, but I want you to know how "proud," of all of you I will always be. I admire you so very much. There will never be words to express how much I wish all of us had come to "know" your family in a completely different (positive) way. We all have, and please always know, so many of us around the world are always in your corner. Peace and much love.
Monday, March 04, 2013 7:39 PM
I am a Giants fan living in LA and I tried to help when this first happened, but a lot of people thought I was scamming so I backed off, and Im not gonna lie, I gave up trying to help since then. But I am very thankful for the updates and I am still very saddened by this atrocious occurrence. I'm still waiting to by that beer for ya Bryan. Looking forward to it man.
# DON
Monday, March 04, 2013 7:47 PM
Hang in there Brian. Prayers to you and your family always. Looking forward to seeing you at the yard soon.

GO GIANTS!
# Carla
Monday, March 04, 2013 7:58 PM
It is still so hard to believe how much Bryan's life has changed after a random act of violence... my eyes still well up with tears when I think of what happened, what he suffered then and continues to go through now ... life is so precious! I continue to pray for you Bryan and your family ...I will share this so that folks don't forget and will keep in touch to root you on for a better day tomorrow and the day after that.. hang in there! GO GIANTS!
# Amanda
Monday, March 04, 2013 8:35 PM
Though time has gone by and many people have dwindled away, I want the Stow family to know that there are still lots of us out here who think about and pray for them.
# Mary Gilchrist
Monday, March 04, 2013 8:54 PM
I don't know any of your family but I still think of Bryan and pray he will be well again someday soon!
# Tamara
Monday, March 04, 2013 9:22 PM
Hey Stow family! I agree with #Amanda...want you to know that SOOOOOOOOO many people still care, wonder, worry, pray and HOPE despite time going by...you are all phenomenal and true inspirations to the meaning of FAMILY. God bless Bryan and all of you!
# Lisa Cardinale
Monday, March 04, 2013 10:17 PM
I think of you and your family all the time. Lotsa Love and healing juju from this Mets fan in NY....
# Jil
Monday, March 04, 2013 10:55 PM
I think of Bryan all the time, praying for his pain to lessen so he can get stronger in his therapy. It's very evident to me after following Bryan's journey that God surely gave him to the perfect set of parents. Blessings to all, stay well.
# Lesley
Monday, March 04, 2013 11:37 PM
Lifting Bryan up and all those who have a hand in his care and those family members who support him at all times. God already knows how this will all be resolved, we just need to have the faith that He is the great physician and that He will use Bryan in a mighty way!!
# nicole
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 3:43 PM
thinking of you as always bry...xoxox nicole from boston
# Paulio
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:15 PM
Wow, what an odyssey this has been for Bryan and the Stows. Having followed Bryan's story from day one, I just have to shake my head in amazement at how much he's been through.

I'm so glad to hear that Bryan is out of the hospital, but it's tempered with sadness knowing that he still needs surgery for his heterotopic ossifications, as presumably his joints are hurting him in the meantime. It's just so terribly unfair - the man deserves a break and so does his family.

I haven't worn my Dodgers jacket since Bryan was injured. The jacket belonged to my grandfather - it's got to be almost 40 years old at this point - and it's seen a lot of baseball, having been worn to games by three generations of my family. When the day comes that Bryan can return to leading a somewhat normal life (whatever that may be - as the Stows noted, TBIs are still so poorly understood, and recovery varies significantly with each individual) then maybe I'll put it back on. Until that time, it hangs in my closet, and every time I see it, it reminds me of Bryan: how much he's endured, how far he's come, and how much more still lies ahead. I don't cheer for the Dodgers any more; I cheer for Bryan Stow. Just do your best, Bryan, and know that you've got a lot of people on your side.

As always, I want to thank the Stow family for this latest update.
# Carleen
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:49 AM
Just wanted to wish you a Happy First Day of Spring! This is the season of renewal. May your Spring be full of awakenings and of renewed strength!! I think of and pray for you often.

Also, Paulio's March 13th, well-written post spoke the feelings of many.

# Mona
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:36 PM
I have been meaning to post ever since Paulio wrote: "I don't cheer for the Dodgers any more; I cheer for Bryan Stow." I love that sentiment and could not agree more. I also used to root for the Dodgers but was dwindling in support for a few years before 2011. I remember as a kid being a part of the blue crew fan club and thinking that was the coolest thing, to be apart (in a way) of my favorite hometown team. Should the day ever come when the Dodger organization (at least publicly or of course, should you share with all of us) offers support to you Bryan and your family, perhaps a modicum of my old respect will return. Until then and every day, I cheer for all of you. Happy first day of spring.
# Beverly Powell
Friday, March 22, 2013 11:33 AM
Dear Bryan, Family & Friends,
I was so sorry to hear about Bryan's set back! Bryan continues to be in my thoughts and payers as we approach two years since this horrific incident. Bryan and his family amaze me at their love and strength. I hope Bryan is feeling better today and gets back on the road of getting stronger and improving from this day forward! Love to all of you!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:37 PM
Hey Bryan, we worked together at Seagate for several years and grew to be good friends... Jobs do as Jobs do and we lost contact... I am so sorry to read what happened after stumbling on Ducatt's FB profile... Thought about you over the years and you are in my thoughts and wish you and your family the best... Hang in there bro, your a fighter, get well soon....
# Chris O'brien
Friday, March 29, 2013 6:42 PM
Bryan, I hope these incidents will in time turn out to be temporary setbacks on your road to recovery. Please know you have our best wishes and hopes for a continued recovery.
Friday, March 29, 2013 8:35 PM
Dear Bryan and Family, I hope you have a blessed Easter.. You well always remain in my thoughts and prayers.
# laura
Sunday, March 31, 2013 5:05 PM
Dear Bryan,
Hope the Easter bunny was good to you. Thinking of you and your family. Much love and healing to you. HAve a great spring and I hope u can get to the few games this season. :)

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March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Bryan and family: I think of Bryan often as I work for the County of Santa Clara and conduct first-aid training for my Dept. with a former paramedic that knew Bryon and I have the upmost respect and admiration for paramedics as they are true unsung heroes everyday. I always wonder if Bryan may have helped me on a medical call in the past. I attended the AMR BBQ and bought a few shirts and a hat and they are wearing out! I always wear them at Giants games and I always get a thumbs up from fans when they see the shirt. Where can I buy more shirts and direct others to buy that would go to Bryans fund?

Friend in the field, Marc
February 14, 2014
Hello Bryan, I met you today, and while you have never known me, I have followed your valiant journey and feel I know you. You are the same age as my son, so I feel a personal connection. You are as handsome in person as many posts say, and it was wonderful seeing you out and about. Please know you are, and have been, in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you continued success in your challenging recovery. You are an inspiration to so many, and while it may be difficult for you to see, you are a gift to not only your wonderful family, but to those who have never met you--but care so deeply for you.
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Hey Bryan, we're all proud of you for being such a fighter and survivor. We know this has been profoundly difficult for you and your family. I think you and your family are amazing people. This is just a short note to tell you that you guys are often on my mind. Oh and Bryan if you're wondering how I know you, that's easy - you're the world famous Mr. Bryan Stow! As always, my thanks to the Stow family for providing this update.
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Got a gift for nephew...à signed bat and photo from 1954 NY Giants. Signed by Dusty Rhodes. His son, Jim Rhodes, is one of the founding members of Vietnam Combat Veterans, Ltd. Love you Bryan.. Uncle John
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Dear Bryan and Family - I wish you and your family all the very best in the world. I hope you continue to progress and gain strength and happiness and joy in your life. May you and your family always be blessed and find love and comfort and support.

With much love and prayers, and God Bless,

ROBIN, TANYA, ARIELLA (18) & DANIEL (14) CHORN
February 14, 2014
Hi Bryan, just stopping by to say hello and to let you know that I read most of your website yesterday about your injury and the strength, courage, and patience you have shown during your recovery. You have a great team of "cheerleaders" with your many friends and family and their love for you is so easy to see. I will be thinking about you and sending prayers to God above to strengthen you both physically and spiritually. Remember that He is the greatest Healer and His love for you knows no end.
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
To Bryan and Family, sending all of you a giant hug and so much love. God is definitely cheering all of you on, too. From here on earth, please always remember that so very many people are, too. I'm no longer a MLB fan but will always be a fan of team Stow. Peace and love. God Bless.
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
To Bryan and family: Your strength in the face of adversity is remarkable. Best of luck to you all!
March 31, 2014 - 3 years..
Hi Bryan and family,

This long time Red Sox fan has been following your story, and recovery, from the beginning, and wish you all the best. Thank you for the inspiration you and your family have provided.

Hang tough! You are in the thoughts of so many.

Steve Conley



February 14, 2014
Bryan,

I know another opening day will never go by, without thinking of you and your family, and I do think of you and your family often. Being a fellow Giants fan myself, an EMT in Oregon, and our birthdays only 16 days apart (same year too!) that you are a true inspiration to me, and I send you best wishes and prayers to you Bryan. I have told my wife and two daughters about you, and we look no further for a hero. Stay strong Bryan!! Go Giants!!
February 14, 2014
To Bryan and all the wonderful Stow family. All of you folks are in our prayers!Been following the updates since all of this happened! May all the strength be with you Bryan, and to your wonderful family! Keep going strong and all of the positive forever happy thoughts!! God bless you all.. :) ♥
February 14, 2014
With love and prayers. I think of you and your family often.
February 14, 2014
Hi Bryan and family ! Keep positive, and keep that sense of humor going. A belated Happy Birthday to you, Bryan. I hope you got to do something fun. I know it probably does seem strange to you to be getting messages and cards from people you have never met. You have touched many, and we care so much, we want to reach out to you and your family, to send love, prayers, and support to each and every one of you. It may have been 3 years, but none of you are forgotten. May God continue to give you the strength you need, the will power to continue in your therapy, the quiet restful time when you need it, and to always be surrounded by love. Blessings to all of you.
February 14, 2014
I understand that today marks the 3rd anniversary of Bryan's attack, and I'm sure that every day that has followed has been one of mixed blessings and emotions. I just wanted to pause a moment to send you best wishes and love from North Carolina, and to assure you that prayers are still forthcoming on the behalf of each of you there. I hope you never feel forgotten by those of us who have followed Bryan's progress. We always appreciate the updates, as well. Godspeed!!

Libbie Adams
February 14, 2014
We all hear stories every single day and often, forget about it. However YOURS ,from the very day it broke news, Ive never forgotten YOU. You have stayed with me, in my heart and in my thoughts all these years. I even looked for the hospital where you were at and sent a xmas card.
May God bless you with eternal strength. Wishing you a Belated Happy birthday ! You will definitely hear from me again .

February 14, 2014
Bryan you are a hero to me! I pray that God will bless you and your family for all you have been through. I am also so sorry what was done to you, the stupidity confounds me. Know you are loved by a whole lot of people you have never met.
February 14, 2014
While searching for a story, I stumbled across yours! You are internet news, and that's how I know you now. I wanted to wish you a belated Happy Birthday. You're a great looking guy of "35!" Here's wishing you the best year yet!
February 14, 2014
I'm so sorry I spelled your name wrong in my post. May God bless Bryan Stow! You are a hero to all of us!!
February 14, 2014
Hello Stowe Family, I have followed your story since the very beginning as well as most of the people here and I continue to pray for Brian and all of you. My heart broke that day and there continues to be a broken piece that will always be there for Brian and your family. We all wish there was something we could do. We wish we could turn back time for you and Brian. We can only pray for peace and healing. I keep Brian's website as an app on my iPad and each time I see it, I say a prayer. May God bless all of you. Sending love and hugs. Laurie Parr