Help Jackson and Andrews Family!
The family will have to be separated in two different states to undergo extensive rehabilitation. Please give what you can. Everything is appreciated. We are believing that God will provide and heal them.
Jacob and Josh are both doing great. Jacob will go back to the doctor soon as he is still limping and we want to be sure that he has healed as he should.
Jackson is just as happy as can be. He has started back to school and we have been so blessed by Community Elementary as they have went above and beyond to integrate him back into his normal classroom environment. It was very important to us that he feels like one of all of the other kids. When he first came home from the hospital it was difficult to not want to do everything for him. We naturally catered to him and asked his brothers to do the same. We realized that his confidence in doing things and pushing himself was growing weaker and weaker. We were only hurting him, not helping him. Now, when he asks for a drink, we tell him to get it himself. When we tell the boys to put their dishes up from dinner, he is included. We find ourselves thinking, "Would I get up and do this for Joshua if he asked?" It is hard to give tough love sometimes. But we have said from the moment of his diagnosis that we would not allow him to feel like he is a victim. We would teach him to do everything for himself and not use the wheelchair as an excuse to live a normal life. That may seem harsh to some, but we believe that Jackson can do anything and everything he wants to do in life, whether it is standing up or in a wheelchair.
Jackson has been diagnosed with scoliosis. He has been fitted with a back brace which, if you can believe it, cost $1800. His spine has become very curved, very quickly. Since we believe that Jackson will someday walk again, we need prayers that the brace works to stop the scoliosis. We have raised $20,000 towards his FES bike, which is crucial in keeping his legs strong when new trials become available to him. The bike will cost $25,000 for one computer, $32,000 for us to be able to work both legs at the same time. We are so close to our goal and all because of all of you. Your support with your donations and prayers has sustained our family and gotten us through. I cannot express how much it means to us in just mere words. Our hearts are filled and overflowing with gratitude.
Please continue to keep our family in your prayers. We have come so far, but have so much further to go.
I am following the updates your family posts about your sweet children. I am praying for you all and can not imagine what you are going through. Please know we are all still here and are still trying to help as much as possible. Prayer and money to help with all you have to go through in the future.
Terrific news! Blessings!