The Young's Journey Home

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Mandi Anderson Erwin  DACULA, GA
On Sunday, December 20th, Ken and Betty Young's lives changed in a traumatic way. Ken sustained a severe spinal cord injury after falling from his deer stand while hunting. 
In the five days that have transpired since, Ken and Betty have found themselves in a situation nobody  EVER plans on being in. Ken is currently at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA. Betty, Shannon and Loren Purvis, and Kristin and Brian Rosevear (their daughters and sons-in-law) have not left Ken's side. Praise God, they received news on Wednesday that he was accepted at Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta. After a lengthy evaluation with Shepherd staff, Ken and Betty and the girls feel so very fortunate to have been accepted to the nation's leading spinal hospital. Likely, Ken will enter Shepherd on Monday. 
As part of that evaluation process for Shepherd, the life changing and lengthy journey to home and  life as they will come to know it became even more evident. The financial aspects of what this journey will entail cannot be ignored, either. Obviously, Ken will be unable to work for an indefinite amount of time. Betty will also be spending a large amount of time learning how to become Ken's support and primary caretaker going forward. Also, Ken will require in home care from skilled nurses and therapists at least for a time. The needs are still being revealed, literally, on a daily basis.
None of us can quite know or imagine the emotional, physical, financial and even spiritual toll The Young's are facing each and every day... hour to hour. The Young's are SO GRATEFUL for all of you that have called, texted, and especially PRAYED for them since Sunday. They covet your prayers now and moving forward! So many of you have asked what you can do to help. If you feel led to help them finacially, we have created this GoFundMe page to do just that.
Ken and Betty never imagined they would be in a situation as "empty nesters" and planners and hard-working people, that would lead them to "start over" in many ways. Modifications and renovations to their home are a priority, so that when Ken comes home he will have the access and capabilty to navigate their main floor and function as independently as possible. 

Thank you in advance for your consideration, PRAYER, and support!!

Mandi Erwin




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Update 18
Posted by Mandi Erwin
4 months ago
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Tuesday, December 20- One whole year. Dad's accident happened a year ago today. I truly cannot believe we're twelve whole months down the road. I remember sitting in the hospital room wondering how we'd even get through the next couple of days, just trying to imagine what life might be like a year later. Of course, this day brings plenty of sadness. But it also brings joy and thankfulness reflecting on how far Dad has come in the past year. We are thankful for all of the endless love and support that has been shown to our family during this journey. We know that the journey is far from over, but there is no way that any of us could have made it this far without our friends and family encouraging, praying, and supporting us. This year, we are especially thankful that Dad is HOME. He was released from Shepherd on the 15th and is home resting up for the upcoming holiday festivities. We are thankful that we will get to celebrate Christmas together, with our whole family, at Mom and Dad's house. And now we focus on the real reason we celebrate, and that's the birth of our Savior. It's only because of JESUS that we can always have hope for tomorrow. Merry Christmas from our family to yours! ❤️
-Shannon Purvis, Ken's Daughter
"Christmas is all of those fun things for sure. But Christmas is really oh so much more. It's good news of hope for the whole world because Christmas is JESUS!"
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Update 17
Posted by Mandi Erwin
5 months ago
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Thursday, November 17: We can't believe that we are coming up on a year since the accident. It's amazing how much can change in such a short period of time. Dad went back to Shepherd today. He underwent surgery this morning as another necessary step in his recovery process. Everything went as planned, and he is doing well. Hopefully, this will be the last one for a while. He will have to stay at Shepherd for around four weeks this time, but we are really hoping that he'll be home by Christmas. This has been a rough couple of months as Dad has had to stay in the bed a lot, but we are looking forward to seeing him back up in his chair again little by little when he comes home. As for now, we pray and we wait. I know the time at Shepherd must seem like the longest days ever for Dad, so we are praying that this stay passes quickly. Most of all, we pray for healing, peace, and comfort. I think all of you know that the past eleven months have been so hard on my parents, so would you please lift them up with me. Pray that they would find joy in the midst of the trials. This battle is not easy, but praise God, it has already been won.
-Shannon Purvis, Ken's Daughter

"I won't let the storm weather my heart. Won't let the darkness beat me down. Sing in the night my hope alive in You. I'll walk through the fire, and not be burned. Pray in the fight, and watch it turn. Jesus, tonight I give it all to You. Even when the world caves, even when the fight calls, even when the war's waged-I'll take heart. I know You are greater. Forever, You are Savior. I will sing Your praise with all that I have, with all that I am, Lord." -Hillsong Young & Free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTBjdhSMiy8
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Update 16
Posted by Mandi Erwin
7 months ago
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Monday, September 19: Happy Birthday, Dad! Today we celebrate another year of life, more thankful than ever before. Dad is still at Shepherd recovering from his latest surgery. We had cake and balloons yesterday, and he was serenaded by many today! They are going to start progressing him from the bed back to his chair for very small increments of time. Hopefully, Dad will get released to go home sometime between Saturday and Tuesday of next week. For now, we just continue praying for healing and staying positive. "May we never take one single breath for granted."
-Shannon Purvis, Ken's Daughter
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Update 15
Posted by Mandi Erwin
7 months ago
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Tuesday, August 30- We can't believe it has been over eight months since the accident. Dad has been doing well, and we have continued to try to find some sort of normalcy- but life seems to be very unpredictable these days. After a great summer full of lots of family, fun, adventures, and progress, he has a few new obstacles ahead. On August 19, Dad had a small procedure done at Northside Hospital in Atlanta where he stayed for five days. This morning, he and Mom ventured back to Shepherd for another extended stay. He had surgery this morning as a necessary step in his recovery process, and they expect him to stay at Shepherd around four weeks. Everything went well, and he is now on the road to recovery again. Please continue to keep Mom and Dad in your prayers as they face this new stage. We believe our God is stronger than any minor setbacks, and we wait in expectancy for His good and perfect will.
With love and gratitude from our whole family,
Shannon Purvis, Ken's Daughter
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Created December 25, 2015
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