Chris Lean's Jasckson Rush '95 Team played a tournament here in Chattanooga a few weekends ago. The boys got "WILSON" printed on the back of all their uniforms. It was really special to see my name back out there on the pitch!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I'm going to try to post on here more often now. I have no idea who all follows this anymore, but i'm going to try to follow it myself...

Back to Jackson tomorrow for J-Term.. i've had an amazing Christmas break with my family and friends... Thanks for everything guys!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Back at Union

I'm back at UU!! I am so excited to be back here, seven months after I left. The new campus is incredible, the people are incredible, things are going well. I have enjoyed reuniting with my friends from last fall, and we anticipate an exciting semester ahead!

It has been very different to be back though. Classes are different than they used to be.. i find it harder to sit still and pay attention.. we havent gotten into the meat of tests and quizzes and things like that but i anticipate that they too will be harder. nonetheless, I am so happy to be back.

Please continue to pray for Matt Kelley and I as we battle the physical struggle of getting up and going to class each morning, focusing, rehab, etc. all of these things are different for us and i pray that we will be able to adjust. I know i would appreciate your prayers and i'm sure matt would too..

Also pray for Matt as he still has some serious nerve pain.. mine has gotten very managable but he is still fighting that struggle.. However, he is excited to be playing golf again, and we are all excited for him..

I have enjoyed helping out with the soccer team so far.. its been loads of fun..

I miss my family and friends from home, but i feel that this is truly where God wants me to be right now, and I am trusting him to help me along this journey back at Union.

I will try to post more often, I know it's been forever, sorry..

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I've got some mixed emotions this weekend...

I have some tests to be done on Tuesday of this week that could determine whether or not surgery is necessary to speed up my recovery. If the surgery is necessary, i'm not really sure how long the recovery will take and we may get into whether or not I can return to school in the fall. That being said, it is truly up to the Lord and what HE wants me to do this fall. I really hope to return to Union, but it's in His hands.

Other than these tests, things are gong alright. I'm working on my leg strength still, and its coming but its just slow.

Just a quick post. more to come at a later date..

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Thought I'd share a few things this morning with those of you that are still keeping up with my progress...

First, to those that read this, I know that it is because of your prayers and petitions that I am here today. While the weeks of February were much worse than those of May, prayer is still essential for my recovery. To those that have been faithful, I thank you dearly. To those have not, may God have His wrath on you. (just kidding!! I still thank you for the prayers in the beginning)

Second, Corey and Kristen have finished up with school for the year. Kristen is a senior now!! Also exciting in our lives, Kristen brought home all A's and B's on her report card this semester. I think this is the first time she has done that in high school! I am very excited for her. Also, yesterday she brought home her driver's license!! We are excited to see her growing up more and more into the Godly young lady God has made her. Corey is doing well also. He brought home all A's...again... and will hopefully be getting his Driver's Permit next week or the following. He leaves for CCS soccer camp tomorrow night, and he is very excited about being a junior next fall. I continue to see so much of myself in him as he grows up.

Third, Mom and Dad are doing well. Father's day weekend will be a tough one for my mom though. As some of you may know, her father passed away in Feb. of 2007. Please be in prayer for her as well as any others you may know who have lost their fathers already. I thank you so much for these prayers.

Fourth, our family took a weekend getaway last weeked to Gatlinburg, TN. This was a great time for us as a family to just get away from everything that has happened the past few months and relax. We had a marvelous time up there, shopping, eating mountain candy, and go-cart driving! A friend of mine from Union, Kevin Bradley, came up from Nashville and stayed with us for the weekend. Kevin was with me Feb. 5 under the Watters Commons building. He was the one that continued to encourage me vocally as well as patting the back of my head for the four hours he was there with me. The final hour (after he had gotten out) was much harder for me and were it not for him in the prior four, I'm not sure I would have made it. He is truly a wonderful friend of mine, and a great follower of the Lord.

Tuesday night of this week brought a wonderful blessing. We went to Riverbend to see the MercyMe concert as a family, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Their passion and love of God was so apparent that night in the concert. It was very encouraging.

I guess that's all for now.. Continue to pray for my legs as I am having an MRI and a few nerve tests done here in the next few weeks. I may have to have another surgery, but hopefully by God's grace I will not. Either way, I will continue to praise the Lord for what he has done in my life. Thanks so much for reading and following up! pray pray pray!!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hello all! It's been forever since i've posted and I apologize.. Life has just been so busy! I try to stay occupied because my foot hurts less when i'm doing things...

First, the pain in my foot has gone down tremendously!! I'm so excited to be on less pain medicine and to know that things may be healing a little bit! I'm doing acupuncture now and that has been going great.. to all who care, it does not hurt.. so my pain has gotten better since being home..

Second, I have loved helping out with the soccer team at CCS for the past few weeks.. they had a great season finishing 11-4-2... my brother, corey, is playing just like i did.. (which implies that he's playing well..) well done boys, great season!

Third, I have spoken in all three chapels at CCS and enjoyed each opportunity to share my story with others.. i will be sharing at Stuert Heights Baptist (sp) soon.. God has done amazing things in my life and as a result i must share with others how great He is!

finally, I'm driving agian! So stay off the ridge because i'll be out and about! I got a blue honda element (the box on wheels) and i love it!

sorry its been so long, i'll try to be more frequent with my posts.. hope all are doing well!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

I'm home!! D-Wil here writing to tell you all that my new residence is 6259 Fairview Road! God has been so great to me through all of this. He has kept me going and will continue to guide me through the rest of my recovery.

I still have some nerve pain in my right foot, however being home will hopefully cause some of that to subside. It's usually worst at night as I'm trying to fall asleep. We are going to see a pain specialist next week that will hopefully have some new ideas that may relieve some of the pain. Please continue to pray for the pain that the Lord will give the doctors a way to relieve it.

My first day home was wonderful. My parents and I went to lunch at Abuelo's, a new Mexican restaurant in town that we had never been to. It was very good. Then I came home for the second time since January 29, only this time I came to stay. I took a nap then headed out to Corey's soccer game. They won 2-0 and Corey played very well. After returning home, I retired for the night around 9 o'clock. I was exhausted, but the day was wonderful.

Now it's off to more soccer games. Corey has two games today that I will go to.

God has been good. We praise Him as a family together now under the same roof again. After 9 weeks and four days in different hospitals, it truly is a miracle that I'm alive to tell the story! To God be the glory, for great things HE has done!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

It has been an incredible week for all of us. On Monday David stood and walked in the parallel bars without using his hands for support. He walked about 30 feet before he lost his balance! Once he was able to do that, the therapist (Scorpion Woman, as David lovingly calls her because she makes him work so hard) gave him a set of forearm crutches to see if he could walk with them. An hour later in another therapy session he walked 1/4 of a mile on them! It was great for his mind to see that his legs have rebuilt enough muscle now to support him. He has continued with great zeal this week, and yesterday he was told that he could go home on Friday.

So tomorrow morning, Lord willing, at 10:30 am, he plans to WALK out of Siskin hospital! It is a miracle of grace for which we will be eternally grateful.

In therapy Monday, David got frustrated a bit at his body's lack of strength to do an exercise. When he expressed his frustration, his therapist (yes, Scorpion woman) quietly reminded him that "Four weeks ago today, you could not move one muscle in your right leg, and if you put your right foot on the floor, you cried in pain. So quit whining and get back to work." It is amazing to see so clearly how God is healing David's body each day.

He continues to struggle with the pain, and there is a bit of apprehension that comes to all of us at the thought of being back at home without a doctor and a nurse down the hall, but we are ready to go home. We have spent 65 days in the hospital now. On Monday David will begin outpatient therapy, which he will have every day for a while. We expect outpatient therapy to continue for many months in some form.

Please continue to pray. The journey has just started in some ways, and tomorrow we will face new challenges and new battles. Please continue to come and visit us. One of our greatest challenges from this point on will be to keep David busy and not bored.

We praise our Lord, the maker of the universe, for the blessings He has and continues to bestow on us daily. Thank you for your support and prayers. One of my favorite songs this week has a line I just can't get out of my head - "I will lift my eyes, to the maker of the mountains I can't climb..."

David and some friends from high school

David and some friends from high school