Thursday, May 21, 2009


Cake: (kāk) Noun 1. a sweet baked food made from a dough or thick batter usually containing flour and sugar and often shortening, eggs, and a raising agent (as baking powder).

Day: (dā) Noun 1. the interval of light between two successive nights; the time between sunrise and sunset.

May 13th was Curtis’ “Cake Day”. Cake Day is a celebration of sorts, and signifies the end of his therapy program at the CTN. And yes, there was an actual cake involved! (German Chocolate, to be exact). He was recognized during “milieu”. Maura, his speech therapist, highlighted his accomplishments, then presented him with a cake and he was applauded and congratulated by the other staff and patients.

CTN is a comprehensive Cognitive Neuro-Rehabilitation program used in the treatment of brain injury. It is the best brain injury therapy program in the country and we feel fortunate to have been accepted into the program. Curtis has been attending therapies there for 16 months. During that time, he has completed his GED and started attending college. As of last Thursday, he has 30 credit hours.

He has spent most of the last 2 ½ years in therapy. He has come such a long way, and we are so grateful for the dedicated, talented, professional Doctors and Therapists who have helped him get to this point. It has been an amazing journey, with many, many people involved in the process…

We started out here, in the ICU in a coma. Battered, bruised and broken, without much hope.
And today, we are here:

"You've come a long way, baby!"

But today I just want to say~ Congratulations son, you’ve made a remarkable recovery!
Enjoy the moment (and the cake!)


  1. Valerie,
    This post makes me cry. It also makes me smile. What an accomplishment for ALL of you! So glad Curtis is doing better.
    German Chocolate cake is the best!

  2. He sure has come a long way. We are proud of him. Valerie you have gave up a lot to help him way to go to you.