Today was fantastic! As usual, you exceeded everyone’s expectations (including your own).
To see your transformation from wheelchair to sit-ski was something of a miracle. It’s the first time since your accident I have seen signs of “the old Russ” emerge. You were literally grinning from cheek to cheek (as was I) as you rapidly and confidently made your way down the slope; what a blast!
Skiing has been such a huge part of our family’s life, it’s wonderful to see it will continue for all of us. Riding up the chair lift with you today, at times I actually forgot about the calamity you’ve suffered and instead, all I could think about was how great it was to be on the mountain with my brother.
You said in the car on the way back, today was the first time you felt any level of independence and a sense of real happiness since the accident. It’s wonderful to hear you talk positively about the future and for the first time, things you can do versus no longer do.
I know your medical team back at SM advised you it was at least 6 months too early for you to go skiing; well guess what, you are 6 months ahead of everyone else!
You can and will ski with Lily and Amber again, as well as all your mates, just you wait and see.
Thanks for making this the best family Christmas ever, I can’t wait to ski with you again tomorrow.