Was Aimee not everything that I told you she was? You saw her smile, you heard her laugh, you caught a glimpse of her intellect and I know you enjoyed her immense love of life. I know you were captivated, but guess what? You only saw a brief snapshot of who Aimee really is.
I actually thought Katie Couric did a wonderful job bringing Aimee’s personality to the surface. She was able to capture Aimee’s determination and passion for life in a way that no one else could have done. I feel that Katie’s commitment to Aimee was extraordinary. I had previously thought that Aimee was going to be a brief 15-minute vignette during a one-hour show, so imagine my surprise when I learned of Katie’s decision to make the entire show about Aimee and our family. Katie has also told us that she wants to follow Aimee’s progress over the coming months and bring her back to update viewers on occasion. Cool stuff.
There will be a lot of progress. Aimee has yet to be fitted with a prosthetic on her still painful left leg (or residual limb as we call it). She has to learn to drive. She has to complete her thesis, which she cannot do until she learns to drive, simply because she has a lot of field research to do. On top of all this, Aimee has to regain her complete independence and she is still in the healing process.
There’s so much to talk about and share with you all, I wish I had the time, but alas, I don’t. I have to get back to my career and give ample attention to my clients. Donna and I have friendships that we have neglected. We so much want to get on with our lives, but even that will be difficult. The interview requests for Aimee have hit a new high, but they are not a priority right now. Along with getting back to career and friends, we have to prioritize Aimee’s occupational therapy, her physical therapy, her doctor’s appointments, her prosthetic fittings and her nursing care, while simultaneously allowing her time to spend with her own friends. That, in a nutshell, is a lot of stuff.
I believe the Katie Show has provided us the opportunity to share our daughter with the world in a very unique way. The Katie Show was our way of saying, “THANK YOU!” to the many wonderful people who have showered us with love and prayers. As I mentioned above, Aimee will be back and you will see her again, but right now she needs time. We all need time.
I have taken copious notes throughout our entire ordeal and I am in the process of compiling those notes into a book. It may take a few months to complete this task, but there is an incredible back-story that I so much want to share with you all. I believe that this book will reveal the challenges we faced and allow parents to better understand how Donna and I were able to cope through a very difficult period of our lives. If our story can help anyone to better handle life’s difficulties, then so much the better.
In closing I want to say that although many of you are amazed with Aimee’s tremendous love of life and her incredible spirit, I think it is important to know that she is a child of God. I firmly believe that she is a living testimony to the power of prayer and the greatness of a merciful God. I think we will all one day understand why God chose Aimee to survive the impossible. I believe He will ultimately use her as a vessel to minister to many. It is very important to understand that this incredible story of survival is not about Aimee, it is about a wonderful and loving God whose grace is beyond human comprehension. Make no mistake that our story is about faith, prayer, miraculous healing and the incredible power of love.
God bless you all.