17 Months. IBRF Visiting.

Anniversary of Beating

Today marks the 17th month since Ryan’s senseless attack. I will live in the moment.

Enough said…

IBRF Coming Today

Today is going to extremely busy… all day. This morning Sue and I are meeting with a lawyer for one reason, and afterwards I will be on the phone with a second lawyer for another reason. During the afternoon, the doctor team from IBRF will be here. Then, tonight, I (or Sue) have a dinner to attend in support of this weekend’s Mega Yard Sale Fundraiser.

Meanwhile, the “therapy fiasco” with CHHC will continue to be dealt with as “downtime” occurs. Actually, more on this later this week if I continue to get the silent treatment. It has gotten quite interesting, to say the least.

Busy, yes. It is probably for the better that my mind stays occupied today. It forces me to not think about anything but the tasks at hand. A perfect recipe for living in the moment.

Kari Start my Day Off with Encouragment

I woke to find the following to posts from my daughter on my Facebook page:

“Don’t wish me happiness-I don’t expect to be happy it’s gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor-I will need them all.” – this quote reminded me of you, you are the strongest person i know and through it all you can make anyone laugh and smile. i love you daddy.

Kari with her WVU BFF, Janelle

This reminded me of you too..and all you do for Ry and our family♥ “True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.”

Kari just has a way of anticipating when I need a boost, without even thinking of it. She is just so good to me, and for me. How did I ever get so lucky to have a daughter as precious as her?


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18 Responses to 17 Months. IBRF Visiting.

  1. Jenn says:

    Thinking of you today and everyday. Kari is just as lucky to have 2 amazing men in her life!!!

  2. Paula says:

    Hello Ken! Kari and Ryan are treasures who fill your soul with love, beauty and joy… Thank God for these two beautiful blessings in your’s and Sue’s life. The lawyer meetings sound intense, get your notebook ready, and ask every question you can think of while they’re in front of you. All questions are fair game. I am sure they will do a wonderful job for you. I’m excited about the IBRF — this is how breakthroughs in science and medicine happen — there always has to be the first group of people brave enough to say “yes, I will try it.” I feel *very* encouraged this program will greatly help Ryan as he continues to heal. Living in the moment … right now … with what we have right where we are … with the people we’re with … through the joy and sorrow … now… it is the way we should all live, for no one is promised tomorrow. You’re helping a lot of people Ken, probably many more than you’ll ever know. The world needs you. Love & prayers, Paula

  3. Anna says:

    I can feel the adrenalin flowing from Baltimore! It is good you will be busy today, the day will go faster, you will get much accomplished. It seems people like us feed off our “adrenalin rush” days, its when we get the most accomplished. Have a good one Ken and Sue.

  4. Jo Hobbs says:

    You have a sensitive, loving and caring daughter, just like I would expect, because that is the kind of parents you and Sue are. She is every parent’s dream of a child, and every child’s dream of a sibling. How fortunate you all are!
    I love both quotes, quite befitting for the man you are, and will write them in my journal today. Thank you, Kari.
    Wishing you success in all your encounters today. Yes, live in the moment, and also observe nature’s glory outdoors on this beautiful sunny day. Love and prayers

  5. Gail Doyle says:

    Ken, Thinking of you all ttoday and praying all meetings go well.,The lawyers and the research center….what a beautiful note from Kari,….you are blessed with two wonderful children and many,many people rooting and praying for you all….Extra prayers and thoughts today …..GOOD LUCK. Gail

  6. Beth Wilmoth says:

    What an amazing family. Each and every one of you (Ken, Sue, Ryan & Kari) have a natural gift. Your Love and determination is so real, and I think you would be amazed at the number of lives you are touching. Thoughts and prayers with you always!! Beth

  7. Bryan tiplady says:

    Not much for words…never have been.

    Still Here! Ready to kick names and take butt on Friday!!!!!

  8. Dianne says:

    Keeping busy is good. They say if you want something done, ask a busy person. I know you’ll get a lot of important things done today. Hoping and praying for a productive and positive day with the team of doctors from IBRF. Hugs to Ryan!!

  9. Gloria Gallagher says:

    Ken & Sue, you know what they……………”The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

  10. Carla says:

    Hi Ken,

    I texted Sue earlier this a.m. to wish you good luck with the IBRF folks. I didn’t realize you had other meetings as well, but I’m sure they will go as planned.

    Wow, Kari’s quotes are so poignant….the “I love you daddy” at the end brought tears to my eyes….what a phenomenal daughter 🙂 You have two amazing kids, Ken. And a pretty spectacular wife 🙂


  11. Joanne Bernier says:

    Hi, new follower from San Diego.. wishing you all the best… j

  12. What a great daughter!

  13. Cheryl Onderchain says:

    It breaks my heart to read your posts on the 7th each month. I can’t say I wouldn’t feel the same way so I just want you to know that we are still here.

    I hope all the meetings/calls go your way today, Ken.


  14. sally ellis says:

    I hope your day was productive and rewarding. Kari is an inspiration to us all. As always still here and thinking of you.

  15. Brittany says:

    Ken — many prayers from Morgantown today. I realize that today is an especially difficult day for you, Sue, and Kari, but I hope you can find the strength and courage to overcome the pain and be uplifted by all of those who deeply care about your family.

    I was fortunate enough to share a few memories with Ryan my freshman year at WVU and I must say, he’s one of a kind. I, along with countless others, will never forget his charming, witty, and warming personality. Regardless of how many days, months, or even years that pass by, we will always be here for him and your family. I’m so grateful to have met such a wonderful person and thank you for continuing to let me know him through this blog.

    Still here, still praying in Morgantown,

  16. Keith says:

    Just Put Things this Way! Ryan has a Wonderful Family!

  17. Peggie Fairer says:

    I was thinking of Ryan today as soon as I awakened and prayed for him and you, Sue and Ken, before my feet hit the floor, then again frequently throughout the day today. Much love to you as you continue as the most loving parents ever. Keep the strength. Love, Peggie

  18. deb says:

    Will they discuss or I should say did they discuss, the scans that were done at Hopkins?

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