JNG:The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday
Petty Officer Grant earned his Navy SEAL trident in 2007 and served his country on three oversea deployments. At the time of the accident Jon was serving as a combat medic instructor at Fort Bragg.
Jon and his wife Laura need your financial support as Jon will once again need to employ the willpower and determination he used to earn his trident and serve his country. “The only easy day was yesterday” is the Navy SEAL motto and will be Jon’s as he works each and every day to gain back his strength and ability to perform the everyday tasks we all take for GRANTed.
Please consider donating to Jonny and his wife Laura as they begin this new journey together.
Happy New Year
Heading into the new year I am rejoicing and grateful for all the outpouring of love & support for Jon! Each and everyone of you have touched both of our lives more than I will ever be able to express. We wouldn’t be where we are today without ALL the words of encouragement, prayers, support, love, and donations. I want to apologize if you have messaged, emailed, texted or called and I haven’t responded. I promise I have the best of intentions, but, at the end of the day my energy is zapped and I just can’t seem to take on another task. Even so, I read each of your messages, comments, emails and texts. Doing so definitely lifts my spirits and reassures me that Jon’s prayer warriors are hard at work.
Here is a brief update.
September 25th Jon was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta GA to continue inpatient rehabilitation. Since arriving he has experienced many ups & downs but, at the same time, Jon is still healing and fighting hard. Recently I have noticed that Jon’s awareness has improved and his ability to understand spoken language has increased. Previously Jon was thought to have global Aphasia. Now, Jon is classified as having expressive Aphasia. Jon still struggles with the inability to communicate in any form. Trust me the team has tried everything.
Right now we are experiencing two challenges...the inability to express himself and agitation. Jon suffered a lot of damage to his frontal lobe. As a result, his ability to control his feelings is impaired. The frontal lobe damage combined with the inability to express himself is causing behavioral issues. These issues interfere with his ability to perform up to his abilities in therapy. The doctors believe if the behavioral issues can be eliminated, Jon has great potential. I really believe that Jon is frustrated because he can’t communicate his thoughts, needs, pain and wishes. Jon has a lot to say and tries so hard. My heart hurts as I watch him try to express himself each and everyday. I can’t imagine how he is feeling.
I really believe that 2018 will be a year of Miracles from the Lord. He has big plans for Jon.
Thank you again to each and everyone of Jon’s supporters. For those I haven’t had the chance to respond to please know you have touched my soul. I hope one day to be able to thank you all for being such a rock for me during this journey. Thank you.
Here’s to 2018. Stay tuned as we watch the Lord work through Jon.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Here is a brief update:
Jon is fighting hard daily. There have been a few road bumps along the way, which is to be expected with Jon's type of injury. Jon's biggest obstacle is the cognitive piece of the injury. He has been classified with Aphasia. He mouths all the time. For a man of few words, he sure has a lot to say now. Occasionally, his mouthing turns into a light whisper that is gradually getting louder. Two words we all have heard are “yes” and “no.” No doubt an awesome step in the right direction. The speech therapist is working each day to find a consistent way for him to communicate. Jon has been introduced to some sign language and has been responding well to it. Some of Jon’s on-going struggles are his ability to focus and consistency.
On a physical level Jon is getting stronger every day.
In the near future Jon will be moved to a Post-Acute rehab inpatient facility where he will continue receiving daily therapies. As long as he remains active duty, his care will be covered. Right now the process of medically retiring Jon has been initiated by the military. Once it is completed, his benefits will move to veteran’s status and we understand that his rehabilitation therapy will be limited as a veteran. Our plan is to use the money you all have generously donated for Jon's future needs that won't be covered by insurance. I want Jon to receive the best care possible, as long as it is required, so that he can achieve optimal recovery.
Please continue to pray for Jon and others who are fighting similar battles with DAI. Words can never express how much we appreciate the love and support of each and every one of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We need to speak with his wife, we have treatment that will help. Our foundation has been working with Veterans with TBI and it is actually healing the brain. I just spoke with a Neurologist that we work with closely for these treatments and she said they will help with Jonny's diagnosis as well. My son Marc was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq. 623-537-5322.
So proud of you! My husband was a firefighter for 35 years and suffered a traumatic brain injury. 4 brain surgeries and 7 months in and out of hospitals. I, too, never left the hospital and I know how hard it is for you both. I am sending prayers for you both. I'm sending hopefulness and strength to you. Stay strong. Stay hopeful. Pray often. You both will succeed!
I do wish I could donate something to support your family. I am the daughter and the sister of Navy SEALs. My father suffered an anoxic brain injury (he drowned) while training back in 1990. He was underwater for 10-12 minutes before he was pulled out of the water. It has been a long hard battle as there were few resources for my family back then but my father continues to improve everyday. These men, Navy SEALs, they are unlike anyone else, they can survive what others cannot and I hope this proves to be what helps your husband get through this. I don't know if its determination, stubbornness, or a combination of the two but regardless, it works to their advantage in situations like these. The other thing you all have going for you is the full force of the SEAL community is here for you and cheering you all on. I have seen the miracle of recovery happen right before my eyes as a little girl as I watched my father live his life and regain memories when by all accounts, he shouldn't have been able to. Every little thing is a win and that hug I saw on Facebook is huge! Best wishes!
My 19-year-old had a massive hemorrhagic stroke on October 4, 2016, and the doctors told us that she wouldn't survive the night. Then when she did that, they said that she wouldn't wake up, wouldn't talk, wouldn't walk. She has done all of that, so I just want to tell you that though she has a very LONG road back, she is improving every day. Don't give up hope, Laura, and don't listen to those doctors. I know exactly what you're going through right now, and because of your love and support, he will get better.
Omg! I wish i had extra funds unfortunately i dont but i will continue sharing. Your story. Im sorry, you and yours husbands reality really really touched me. I hope he continues to heal and you stay strong. You have strangers supporting and rooting for you both! Please thank him for his service from ALL of us! I will continue to have you both as well as your family in my thoughts! Good hopes for your future! Stay strong you are all loved!!
Jonny and Laura, You are a inspiration and a light that shines brightly! Jonny you are going to make a mind-boggling recovery so many factors in your favor. Laura you are no 1 factor, you go girl!!!! Craniosacral massage is magnificent for brain injury. BEYOND gentle manipulation to the plates in the head, it speed me on to many aspects of healing. Walking, talking, balance... Even emotional releasing of my grief... wasn't expecting that but it was...awesome! THINK w-a-y OUTSIDE the box for his therapy! Feldenchris, (relearning walking patterns, reflexology... targets specific organs/region in the body. http://www.iahp.com/pages/search/index.php#result. God bless and keep you both! #paceyourself
my little girl suffered two TBI's from abuse at 3 weeks old prior to our adopting her. It was said she would never walk, talk or see. She is now 9 and although it as been hard she is walking, talking and her vision is good. She does have seizures and school learning is a challenge. therapy therapy therapy, don't give up!
Laura, Laura, Laura...how I miss you and Jon! Well, Kiah and Sherri, too!! I have been praying hard for Jon and so has Connor. We look forward to one day having our twice weekly sessions over at the Studio and Jon looking after Connor. The outpouring across the WORLD has been so awesome to read and follow on FB, Insta and other media outlets. I think while you say you needed all of our support I think WE needed YOUR story, too! Love you!