Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Beginning of Mobility

Though I was in Miami on business and Cindy had to leave for physical therapy at 9:30 a.m., I was not going to miss her taking her first steps. After a 3:30 a.m. wake-up and 4 a.m. departure, I was able to surprise her by arriving home just before she had to depart for physical therapy. It was SO worth it!

This picture was taken just after they brought out Cindy's "Rent-a-leg". Actually, she is going to borrow this leg until she learns how to walk with an artificial limb. Then she will be fitted with her "keeper" model.

Once she was taught how to attach it, Cindy stood up for the first time.

After some practice and helpful hints from her therapist, Cindy began to walk more quickly and steadily. She had to return in the afternoon after some adjustments were made on the leg and though this picture does not show it, she began to make incredible progress and relied less and less on the handrail.

Cindy will return tomorrow and Friday for more PT. There are two schools of thought amongst the is that she will be walking with the assistance of a cane on Friday. The other is that she will be walking by early next week.

It is so encouraging to see that Cindy will soon be out of the wheelchair and moving around like she did prior to her sarcoma and all the surgeries she endured.

Her enthusiasm was infectious. Katie and I were absolutely thrilled to be witness to it.


  1. I'm so excited for her!!! (and for you making it there in time to see her) She looks so good standing there on TWO legs :-) Can't wait to see her walking all over the place!! Look out Bealls, here we come :-)

    Love ya,

  2. This is so awesome! Cindy, you look GREAT! I love Little Lu's cool new accessory! I can't believe how far you've come in such a short amount of time. Before you know it, you'll be running laps around all of us!

    We love you!

  3. What a sight!!! Rob, so glad that you were able to get there in time!
    Cindy, you look fabulous!!! I am so excited for you!!

    Sending love and hugs!!

  4. Rob, what a wonderful thing to do to make it home in time for this phenomenal day.

    Cindy, I just can't believe how great you look and how quickly you are recovering. Your enthusiasm and inspiration is indeed infectious....and it's hitting us all the way up here in Baltimore.

    Keep it up, Cindy! We are so proud of all that you continue to accomplish. :)

  5. This blog brought tears of joy to my eyes. I need not say anymore!!! Love, Charlene & Jim