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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Enjoy the Ride -Oct 22 '07

Today we went together as a family to our Stake Conference. It was the 'every two years' broadcast for our region from the Conference Center. Our speakers were President Hinckley and Pres. Packer as well as Elder Niel Anderson and others. President Hinckley repeated a quote he's used before on "Enjoy the ride" We'll include it on the end of this blog. It was a great meeting. With the Autumn leaves and first snow on the ground it was beautiful.

Friday Tim went to NEUROWORX (NWx) and joined Joseph after his physical therapy for a presentation by two Uof U Physical Therapy students who just completed their Master's work with a study about one of Joseph's friends who did the stem cell treatments in China. It was very interesting and informative. Joseph is doing a lot of research and making plans for the same treatment. One of the questions posed by the intensive month of physical therapy combined with the stem-cell treatments along with acupuncture is what treatments bring about which results. Joseph and Neuroworx are proposing that some new masters students use him as the case study and separate out some of the variables.

He is planning on a month of intensive physical therapy during the December break along with pre-and post evaluations and measurements to clearly indicate what gains can occur with just the physical therapy. Then follow up pre and post evaluations after the stem-cell treatments in May/June of 2008 in China. Joseph is committed to being in the best possible condition to ensure as much success as is possible. There will be a lot of interest in the results. Keep checking in on this blog and we'll keep you up to date with the plans. Sometime next Spring we'll need to raise about 40k for the treatment in China.

Enjoy the Ride

"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed.

Most putts don't drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise.

Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.

The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."

-President Gordon B. Hinckley (Quoting Jenkins Lloyd Jones from Deseret News, 12 June 1973. Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1997], p. 254.)


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