Will is home day 5!
On March 20th Will came home.Will had a very nice goodbye from his friends at HealthBridge. Lots of cheering, clapping and tears of joy as he walked out of HealthBridge with a little help from his friend Sandra. Will had a great exprience at HealthBridge. He worked really hard and his therapist and nurses worked really hard with him. The entire staff at HealthBridge believed in him just like we do and showed it everyday. We wrote a letter for everyone at HealthBridge which we gave them on Will's last day. We have posted a copy of that letter for everyone to read. We have also posted a video of Will walking out of HealthBridge.
We are at the end of day 5 and could not be happier. Will is so excited to be home. He is enjoying playing with Paige and his toys. It is such an amazing feeling having our family back together again. Will has several therapy evaluations this week and hopfully will be back to a consistant therapy schedule next week. One part of Will's journey to complete recovery has ended. He has now begun the second part of a long road to full recovery.
Will has come so far from October 23, 2013. All of your support and prayers have been amazing. Our family truly thanks you for your continued love and support. Please continue to pray for Will and cheer him on as he continues to fight for full recovery. We will post updates throughout Will's ongoing therapy so please stand by for the next update!
Team Will!Letter to HealthBridge
Dear Friends at HealthBridge,
As parents we reflect on our time at HealthBridge and the first thing that comes to mind is what a great place. What an amazing place for healing. Not just for healing for Will but healing for our family. We were skeptical at first because we were scared, upset and still trying to understand why our boy had to go through this? We were also very optimistic because we know our boy and we know how smart and determined he is. Our optimism was keeping us going, but we needed a great team of therapist at HealthBridge to want to work hard with Will in therapy and a great nursing staff to help keep Will and his family positive. How lucky could we be, we had an amazing team of therapist and an amazing team of nurses and support staff.
When Will walks out of here on Thursday we will have been at HealthBridge for 13 weeks. In those 13 weeks there has been tears all around. Tears in therapy, tears in the shower and tears in room #7. But through it all the staff at HealthBridge stood side by side with us and fought to help our boy and our family heal. Although the circumstances that have brought us to HealthBridge are something we do not wish on any child and family, we are forever blessed with friendships and bonds that will last forever.
We always said what a special boy we have and how lucky we are. Those of you that spent these weeks with us through the rough days and the bright days have been touched in a special way by our boy. You see the innocence and joy that is so genuine despite the pain he has endured for the last 5 months. A very special person to our family said to us a couple of days ago how much she loves our boy and how she knows he is here for something special in life. We not only agree with her but we see it already. We know that those of you that have interacted with Will in even the smallest way have been touched by his heart and his love of life.
Leaving HealthBridge on Thursday is a day we have been looking forward to for so long. We are so happy that we will have our family back together again. I could type for hours about how we feel about our time at HealthBridge and what wonderful people we have met and have seen us in our most vulnerable time but have maintained a professional but absolutely compassionate face no matter what the circumstances were. For these reasons we thank you all from the bottom of our heart. Thank you for being scared when Will growled at you in the hall. Thank you for understanding when Will screamed and cried because he was scared. Thank you for putting up with me when I was upset and barking at the nurses. Thank you for helping Anne while she lived at HealthBridge with Will. Thank you for welcoming Paige and helping her through this time by allowing her to be herself as silly as she is. Thank you for fighting with us. Thank you for believing in Will. Most of all thank you for loving Will!
All of you will always have a special place in our heart. I know people always say all the cliché things like keep in touch and no one ever does. Fortunately, you guys are stuck with us. As I said before we all know that Will is here for something greater than we all can imagine. I know Will has made so many people proud of his courage and achievements already. But someday you will be saying “Hey that is Will. That amazing boy from room #7!”We are truly blessed and thankful for having all of you in our lives.
The Gomez Family