Monday, December 8, 2008


December 8th 2007 was a day that changed my life forever! That day was just like any other day. I woke up on a Saturday morning and got my bike ready to go out for a day at the track with my roommate Jay like we had done for the past several months. I got out on the track and started riding it, coming around a corner and heading towards a step-up jump was the last thing I remembered. I have no recollection of the actual accident or how it happened. I know I had jumped the jump hundreds of times, but for some reason this time something went really wrong. The next thing I remember was in early January waking up in the hospital in ICU with tubes coming out of my body and several I.V.'s in my arms.
I remember a doctor coming into my room early in the morning to check my status. I remember telling him that I couldn't feel my legs and I asked him what was wrong! He told me the extent of my injuries but was careful to break the news about my paralysis. I asked him if I would ever walk again and he told me based on the extent of my injuries probably NOT! At that very moment i said....."Well.....I will walk again!" He began to retell the severity of my injuries and that medically speaking it was unlikely that I would ever walk again. After all he didn't want me to have false presumptions about being able to walk again. I knew at that very moment that I had to go to God in prayer. I began praying NONSTOP! Pleading with God to come into my room and touch my legs and make me whole again. Months and months passed with no change in my status. They told me that once the swelling in my spinal cord went down I would have a better understanding of what I would be left with as far as functional return. The first 6 months is the most crucial to my recovery and is when most people get the most return...IF ANY! Well 6 months came and went....still NOTHING! But the prayers NEVER STOPPED! I was still a complete injury, I still had no hope of recovery. The prayers however kept coming then one day it happened. The therapists wouldnt work on my legs because i was a complete injury so the only way i was going to work on my legs were to do it myself....AFTER HOURS! Going into rehab after everyone left I got on a machine to work my legs. When my therapist came out to check on me, the machines said I was pedaling myself. WHICH WAS IMPOSSIBLE!! He had the doctor retest me and my status was changed to an incomplete. PRAISE GOD!!! HE ANSWERED ALL OUR PRAYERS!!
It is my year anniversary since that fateful day and I can say that now I have gotten more return in my legs and we are working on walking now. With a walker and braces on my legs I am doing more than doctors ever thought would be possible. I have regained my hips and many of my muscles at the top of my legs. HOWEVER!! I still have a LONG WAYS TO GO!!! PLEASE do not stop praying for me. My friend has told me of a wonderful verse that I would like to share with you. MARK 11:24. "When you pray, believe that you have received it and it will be yours!" I believe that I am being healed and I know God has a great plan for me. I can not wait to see how he uses me to further his kingdom. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support! ITS BEEN ONE YEAR!!


mmlace said...

Brent, your story is just incredible! Thanks SO MUCH for coming to share with us this past Sunday!!! It's so good too see you and can't wait till you're able to be back with us!

Still praying!

Much love!

Anonymous said...

Dec. 7 marked the day of my last cancer surgery 52 years ago. According to statistics, only 1.3 people survived in 1956 with that cancer. I know how you feel and I know the power and love of God just as you do. The journey is incredible if you have faith - and you do. Love you, Loretta

Dave Reed said...

Brent, I wish we could have been with you on your one year anniversary. I have a suspicion that the two year anniversary will be even more special. We continually lift you up in our prayers to God and we are confident too that you will walk again soon. You might want to send your Coach friend some encouragement after last night!!!

Mary B said...

Brent, You have such a faith and you are already helping all of us that know you or read your blog. You are such an example of how to travel through tragic events and come out on the other side in better shape than before. You will be a wonderful example for the rest of your life and beyond. God is working in your life and we can all see it. Missed you Sunday but know you were worshiping somewhere.

Love, Don and Mary

Anonymous said...

Brent, your testimony is so touching...your attitude and relationship with God, so amazing!
Know that we continually pray for your healing!! We are so excited about the healing God has already given you.

In Him,
The Hilberts

Kimberly said...

Brent every time I read your blog you amaze me even more! I did not realize so much of your hard work was done after hours. You are a true testament to both faith and never giving up. God is working amazing things through you. I am honored to have been a witness to your miraculous journey in the last year! Love ya, Kimberly