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10 Month Update

July 9th marks 10 months since Brett’s injury. When Brett collapsed on September 9th, no one knew what to expect – for his health, recovery time…for anything. The doctors tried to set up a few scenarios, only sharing indefinite and vague potential outcomes for Brett’s prognosis.

Ten months later, and to no one’s surprise, Brett is amazing the doctors and therapists, and surpassing everything they throw at him. Brett has done more work in these last ten months than anyone can possibly imagine – and doing it all with the grace and determination that he has always shown on and off the field.

While his schedule varies from day-to-day, Mondays thru Fridays are filled with therapy sessions and rehab to help Brett in every way possible. He is busy with physical therapy – primarily focusing on balance and strength, and always working hard to improve his walking.

The Occupational Therapists assist Brett in everyday activities, and lately focusing especially on his vision – which has come back stronger and more consistent every day! In speech therapy, Brett works on memory and word association – quizzing him to remember series of words and numbers, adding and subtracting randomly throughout a sequence. And with an ever so slight bit of sarcasm, Brett goes at such a rapid rate it causes the therapists to have to stop and double check their own math.

The weekends consist of hanging out with family and of course Steele Magnolia – who he loves immensely. Napping, eating and cruising around in the car are usually the big events for the weekend, as rest is critically important to Brett’s recovery.

While people have suffered brain injuries forever, our knowledge and understanding is constantly evolving.

We know that our brains are all different and that no two people respond in the same way – making an exact diagnosis or prognosis nearly impossible.

There is no exact science to Brett’s recovery, no timeline and mostly unknowns for the future – but one thing we do know is to never count Brett out. He has come further in the last ten months than they ever thought he would, and there is nothing but pure excitement and encouragement for how much more he can continue to improve.

We thank everyone for the support and prayers. Brett is strong, but could not have come this far without the love and support from everyone. We also want to thank you all for respecting Brett and his privacy, and our wish is to continue to allow Brett time to recover at his own pace. When he is ready, he will reach out and speak about his journey – but at this time he is focused on furthering his recovery.

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12 Responses to 10 Month Update

  1. Hawk4life June 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    You are an inspiration Brett. May God Bless you and your recovery. Big things are in store for you.

  2. Bob Saunders June 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Brett is an inspiration to all. May his amazing Hawkeye spirit create a path to full recovery!

    With thoughts and prayers,

    A Hawkeye fan forever

  3. Peggy Hausler June 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I have a little sticky note on my computer that says “team Brett”. Whenever I rev up the computer daily, it makes me to think about Brett and do a silent shout out to him as he is working so hard on his recovery. Brett was our I-Club intern in our office and is such an amazing young man. I will continue to think of him daily. Please know that we are celebrating all of his recovery progress and are poised to continue the support for as long as it takes. Team Brett…forever! Peggy Hausler

  4. Claire Anthony June 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Brett…you are in our prayers daily!!! You are strong!!!

  5. Suzett Lindquist June 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    I’ve known Brett since he entered junior high, he was also friends with my former exchange student, Carlos from Brasil, it doesn’t surprise me he’s doing great. He has always has been an inspiring person. I’ve always admired him for his strong will. The future is looking brighter each day. Continued success! 🙂

  6. webcentrick June 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

    God Bless you Brett!! You are truly an inspiration. Keep working and improving!

  7. K.Fox June 30, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Brett – our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time of recovery. We are huge Hawk fans in Omaha Nebraska, but are bigger Brett Greenwood fans and hoping for a full recovery. May God Bless you and your family! Go Brett!!!!!!!!

  8. Janet Skahill June 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Brett, The Skahill family is so proud of you. know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you

  9. Nick Grutz July 1, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    Keep it up, Brett! We’re all rallying around you and your success. Thank you for the updates. Stay strong, stay happy. On Iowa. On Brett.

  10. John Streif July 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Sorry I have not been in touch like I should and glad to hear you are progressing. Again, I know not as fast as you and everyone wants but the very main thing is you are progressing. If you have a address in Carbondale I would like to forward a couple of things to you. Keep up the good work–proud of you and again so sorry Ii have not been able to be there.

  11. Natalie Kurtz July 20, 2012 at 12:43 am #

    Wow!!! Way to go Brett! My thoughts and prayers are always going out to you and the family!

  12. kathy September 10, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    The Huston family have been thinking about you and are so proud of your progress! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.