Nine months ago, my family was rocked when our son Jim suffered a traumatic brain injury in a wrestling accident.
In less than one day, Jim went from being an elite athlete at a high school learning level to a third-grade learning level, losing most of his motor skills, and suffering severe short-term memory loss.
We were blessed to be able to get Jim the treatment he needed from the Centre for Neuro Skills in Bakersfield, California. As Jim was learning his motor skills again or how to say certain words, his attitude was amazing. His motto was, “I learned it once, so I can learn it again” and he continued to excel and make great strides in his rehabilitation.
I am excited to share Jim has been discharged from the Centre for Neuro Skills and we are now back home in Oklahoma. With God's grace, he has accomplished something in nine months that the specialists said could take two or three years. There are still some things he will have to work on, but he is mostly back to the “old” Jim.
My family is the center of my life and being a dad is the most important job God has entrusted to me. I truly appreciate the understanding and flexibility from my constituents as I continued to work remotely from California while tending to Jim’s rehabilitation. It’s an honor to represent Oklahomans who truly know the importance of family and putting their faith in God.
Many of you have followed Jim’s story on social media throughout the past nine months and I want to say thank you for the outpouring of prayers, support, love, and encouragement during this time. It has meant more to me and my family than you could ever know. We couldn’t have gotten through this difficult time without you.