long overdue update!
Drew is doing great and as you can see from this clip, he is anxious to get back to his team. Physical therapy continues and hopefully within the next 2 months, he'll be off crutches. He walks well with a walker and does several different types/sessions of therapy/strength training. We are so very thankful to know that he is now cancer-free! Yup! Free from Cancer!!
This past month, he was given the go-ahead to put weight on his leg. He said the first time he tried, it took a few minutes for his mind to allow it. He had been so used to "protecting" that leg that it took a dose of courage and "you can do this" to take the first step. Once he got the first few steps out of the way, he was good-to-go.
I never really thought about that aspect of rehab as much as just the physical part of it. Going from playing college hockey and skating every day, to non weight bearing for several months must be very different. He has since done a lot of walking and exercises in the pool which allows for the 50% weight-bearing limit.
On April 1st, Drew will have a follow-up appointment to include x-ray/MRI/Bone scans. That will be the 3 month review. Until then, he continues life at home in Michigan spending lots of time outdoors and with his family and close friend's. Drew is honored to have such an awesome support group that has stood along his side in addition to the Man above! We are blessed beyond measure!
It is difficult to watch this clip without tears of joy! Drew is an inspiration, without a doubt. I can imagine it had to be hard for Drew to hold back his emotion's during that night. What a beautiful dedication to him by his Friar family. Listen to what Coach says....Hockey is life to these guys but watching Drew fight a bigger battle makes you realize how much one person can change your world. The comradery amongst the Friar hockey team and families is unbelievable!
Picture: I wonder who will shoot the first rabbit.... Drew or Merceya?! She is very excited about her birthday gift!