It is difficult to put into words my good fortune of being enveloped within a loving family and community ever since the accident.
I was made aware by a reader in New York how fortunate I truly am! I was cheered on by adoring members of my family and community throughout my journey. This includes both the ups and downs.
Sadly there are cases where exclusionary tactics are employed against disabled individuals. This makes me shudder with wonderment where I would be if I hadn’t benefited from such loving care and concern.
Some examples that helped and help me get through follow.
Within days of the accident, three initiatives took place.
There was a massive prayer rally that was held at the local Jewish community center. We were informed that attendance was standing room only. What a boost we felt in the hospital at Syracuse! All colors and shades of Ottawas community showed up. We felt that this alone should be a merit for my recovery!
Also, my students ran a fund raising project which included a car wash at the school parking lot. This project raised a tremendous amount of money. Especially considering this aggressive project was conceived of and implemented by my grade school students! A feeling of love and togetherness swept over us!
Then there was a shabbat observance project. This was successfully spearheaded by my close friend and partner at Torah High! This initiative encouraged people to increase their shabbat observance whatever they may already be keeping. Again we felt that if we could be the conduit of so much good something positive would come from it!
Indeed we always felt we were on a wide group attack against quadriplegia!
This care and concern continues to this day.
The myriad of visitors and well wishes testify togetherness to our remarkable community!
I truly feel that I have a powerful task force on my side!