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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, February 08, 2009

"Imagine What a Little Time Can Do"

Imagine a Spinal Cord Injury
Joseph went with Tim up to see Glen Weight in University Hospital this evening. Tim served on the high council when Glen was the stake president, then Tim was called in 1987 when President Weight was released. He and his wife Hazel have served three missions to Finland since then. Glen was snowmobiling six weeks ago and crashed into a tree injuring his neck (C3-C4 level). He has been through surgery, intensive care, respiratory therapy, pnemonia etc. so similar to our family's experience. It is so hard to be patient and take the tiny steps required to progress with something so devastating. Joseph shared some good experiences and assured them things will only get better over time. We encouraged them to review the story contained in this blog. As you go through week by week progress is astoundingly slow, but over time . . . miracles.

Imagine Sharing Your Story with the World
Joseph's contacts at the Disability Law Center asked him to participate in a project called StoryCorps coming to Salt Lake in late March. Read about the concept here: It is a great idea to collect personal stories, archive them in the Library of Congress, and for some, share them on National Public Radio. Tim will interview Joseph.

Imagine, the Documents to Prove Graduation.
Joseph's graduation presents were the frames to hang his diplomas in his future law office. For now he's settling for hanging them in his bedroom.

Imagine a Bird Making a Difference in Kid's Lives
Elizabeth's husband Denny Bird is a natural teacher as well as a wonderful police officer in Logan. Detective Bird has as part of his assignment doing community policing in schools in Logan. There was a great article in the Logan Herald Journal last week about his work: We're proud of his good work as an officer and detective. . . but even more because he's a great Dad.

Imagine Working on the Basement
Elizabeth and Denny have been fixing up their basement in Cache Valley. It has been unfinished. They have accomplished a lot. Tim has felt bad not being able to help much (with the broken leg). But we are all proud of what they have done so far. The kids are going to love it!


Anonymous Grace Lee said...

Hi Joseph,
I'm writing from StoryCorps. Thank you for sharing your personal story through this blog. We're glad you will be recording a story at the mobile StoryBooth when it comes through Salt Lake City. We'd love to read about that experience on your blog after it happens.


Feb 9, 2009, 8:31:00 AM  

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