Hello, World! This greeting is sent to everyone, simply and with hope that no matter where you are or what is currently going on in the World, you will be uplifted as we pause to consider ancient knowledge in this Revelation:
The Healing Powers of the Universe are in and with us all.
I present myself in joining people everywhere, all of them radiantly spiritual and Divine, in sharing the story below. The comments that follow my testimony are representative of the emails, cards, calls, or visits that people have shared, delivering their support and love for me, while creating a process of mutual inspiration that is uplifting, healing, and miraculous.
I Believe in Miracles
One thing which many of my newer friends have noticed is that often my postings refer to the accident or my recovery or a miracle. This note is to provide some history as to where this comes from and is a compilation from messages that I have shared with my friends in the past.
In November 2007, while I was on business in NYC, I had a devastating fall. The circumstances are unclear as the accident was traumatic to the point of amnesia. The forensic evidence suggests that I had worked a long day (fourteen hours between the first and last emails for work), so perhaps I was exhausted and alcohol was involved. As a person used to a fast paced life working hard and partying hard those are just factors, in the end. Maybe I slipped; could have been hit by a car; or perhaps I was pushed. Whatever happened, I was in a weakened state that left me vulnerable to a negative attack and there was a spiritual attack
The NYPD found me at the bottom of a stairwell a few blocks from my apartment in The City. It appears that I went down face first, sustaining severe facial injuries that took a lot of skin and left me bloodied on top of three far more serious internal injuries a collapsed lung, a traumatic brain injury, and most critically, a spinal cord injury between discs C3-C4 to C5-C6 in my neck. Whatever happened, I was essentially left for dead. By the grace of Divine intervention the body was recovered before deathly rigor set in. The second journey was about to begin.
The spinal cord injury caused paralysis, essentially from the neck down; a state of quadriplegia. This was induced by a spinal cord contusion (bruising, pinching, or pinging) and edema (inflammatory swelling) that resulted when my head snapped back. Further, the edema was exacerbated by congenital spinal stenosis, a condition that occurs at birth in about 10% of people where there is a marked narrowing of the spinal canal at certain points. The spinal cord injury happened in potentially the worst of all sections for a neck like mine, smack in the narrow part, leaving nowhere for a swelling spinal cord to go. This was a crucially complicating factor of the trauma.
The traumatic brain injury left me in an abyss. In addition to amnesia, a common occurrence by similar types of neurological injuries, there was serious seepage of fluids deep into the tissues. Brain matter was damaged. The facial lacerations were consistent with being dragged over concrete or, as a lot of people who saw me afterward would say, it looked like I went through the windshield of a car, face first. As one friend said when she saw me first in the hospital, It was rough.
The prognosis was bleak: 98% of people with similar injuries end up with some severe paralysis or physical deficit. The doctors prepared us to expect the worst (quadriplegic) or less worst (paraplegic). My family and friends were devastated. When I arrived to the hospital for rehab a week after the accident, they had a wheelchair and slider board with my name, literally, on it.
Since then, we continue to see miraculous recovery. Around a fortnight after the accident, I regained some controlled movement in my legs (it was the left big toe that moved first) and shortly thereafter I regained greater movement in my arms (I could not lift them more than a few inches, but they moved). When I left the hospital just over a month later, it was, incredibly, without primary assistance (i.e., no walker; no wheelchair) but I did have my nephews arm (secondary assistance was mandatory, by doctors orders). Weakness prevented travelling home until February, 2008. The doctors in New York were opposed to air travel and concerned (rightfully) about the terrible conditions in Chicago. Still, we were determined and after a harrowing train ride, made it back to Chicago and started a program, initially centered at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which has been critical in helping me regain my faculties. There is eternal joy as every step since surely pleases.
The essential components of recovery, the ingredients in the recipe for this miracle, include the following:
- A deeply spiritual belief in miracles, determination to recover, and a steadfast, positive attitude. The core of the comeback starts with belief. This was kick-started and cemented in the first days after the accident. The peeps friends, family, colleagues who came through the room would become distraught within a few minutes of arriving. They were bearing witness to the worst, at least as the mind assumed a frame of reference based on the expressions of everyones face. The only thing I could think to say, what popped into my head, was, Dont worry; I am going to have a miraculous recovery. Words offered to the loved ones with hope that they would feel a little better about the situation, too. Whatever else was said, the outcomes have been driven by the belief which powered the words. We have received a great blessing.
- Adoption of macrobiotic principles (see the book The Macrobiotic Way by Kushi, Blauer, Esko) in eating, exercise, and attitude. We believe you are what you eat. Eating healing foods was the focus. Likewise, water is an essential cure for pain and the primary substance of the body. Drinking lots of water is required. We also believe that, one attracts energy based on energy exuded. We radiated positivity. I was so optimistic that a close friend gently admonished, You know, its okay to grieve. True on that, but when one has a day where the only parts that move on command seem to be the eyelids, there is still joy. We tried to stick with being happy, as sad as the whole thing was.
- Aggressive physical (PT), occupational, (OT) and speech/language pathology (SLP) therapies. PT, OT, 3X week, each, for months; body (re)building at the gym; moving at every opportunity. SLP was about regaining higher level cognitive stamina and exercising the brain, similarly to exercising the body. Spiritual therapy was also more than an aside.
- Incorporation of western (i.e., physiatry; medical therapeutic massage) with eastern (i.e., acupuncture; herbs) medical practices with a view towards holistic health, including spiritual development which is a part of all points listed here.
- Opening up to the energy of the Healing Powers of the Universe, especially thoughts, prayers, vibes, energy, etc., of so many people who reached out. This cannot be overstated – the love of people served to create a greater outcome.
- Recognition that the return from the abyss was facilitated by an internal healing power, a gift from the Goddess, from God, of the divine creative force that permeates existence. We refer to a concept of God/Goddess that is larger than any limiting religious frame. We refer to the concept of healing hands known in every society. After the fall, it was as if a shell had been cracked open and my sensitivity to this gift was greatly magnified.
- Applying principles of visual healing throughout the recovery process. This started off as an intuitive reaction to the situation: often when I would fall asleep, I would find myself dreaming about some form of healing. I became increasingly aware of techniques, applied by millions of other people who have created similarly mysterious recoveries from situations that leave the majority of others in dire straits. Formally, alternatively, we refer to visual healing. One key difference between people who suffer the same traumas but end up with widely divergent outcomes some recover fully but many never get there is the application of some form of visual healing. In visual healing, we picture, that is actively develop visions, of ourselves healing and being healed. There are many techniques, but the principle of tapping into the subconscious state to create manifestations in the conscious state is universal. Just as the most seasoned and successful body building athletes will attest, the mental workout is often more crucial than any physical exercise; and the effectiveness of a physical exercise can be greatly enhanced when the mind-body connection is developed and enhanced. Basically, picture being healed and as your mind becomes focused on the vision, it works with your heart to communicate to the Universe so that the conditions are created for the manifestation of the dream.
My official goal is to be 118% – I am not there yet and I have some work to do but I have reached a point where this is realistic in a shorter-time frame now than at any point since the accident. The advantage I have is that everything moves (and I like to quote Data from the show Star Trek: The Next Generation: I am fully functional; programmed in multiple techniques.).
I have a great chance to overcome the weakness from residual muscle atrophy. I moved from intensive Physical Therapy to training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, commencing their Functional Fitness Program in March 2009. For relative comparison, in March 2008, I could barely curl a 2lb dumbbell. In March 2009, I could curl a 10lb dumbbell. Now, I am happy to report, I was able to complete a set to failure with a 25lb dumbbell this April. Not all of my gains are 100%-ing, but from five times to ten times stronger from that 2008 baseline in any month is exciting. Dramatic gains, farther out from the point of injury, are atypical. Then again, so is the miracle, and as the recovery continues, we refuse to accept the medical expectation.
It may take me longer than an average mature male to regain normal strength but I am blessed to be on the way!
The Universe gives us challenges that we are capable of handling, we just have to find our way. This is not always easy, and as many have experienced, often difficult and painful. We must stay strong and know that we are not alone.
We all have a miracle inside of us. I look forward to sharing with as many people as possible the lessons I have learned and the mission called by this experience as life presents a second chance to make a difference. Extra thanks and love to all who rallied and still stand in support. May the Healing Powers of the Universe be with you as they are with me!
Devastating spinal cord injury sustained in November 2007. 98% of people with this type of injury suffer debilitating physical loss.
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Truly inspirational. You are a miracle, my friend.
Thank you for sharing this, Dennis. Thank you.
Wow! Thanks for sharing your amazing story. You are an inspiration to all!
Thanks for sharing your Traumatic story and giving the positive message. We touched base on your severe accident a while back but I didn’t realize the traumatic nature. I was thinking that you fell down the steps. You are an inspiration to me and I’m glad your sharing your story to help others.
Thanks for sharing, Dennie. You made my day.
Your truths can raise the consciousness of a nation. Please continue to go forward valiantly… the world is waiting. I love you till the end of time.
Chris, Krishan – thanks for being there first and compelling me to want to come back; Marla, our paths have crossed presciently; Steve, without our re-connect exactly as it was, where would I be?; Joan, much appreciation – your attention to the children reminds me constantly of what is most important in life; and Toni Tee, thanks for being my best friend since day one.
You are a walking miracle Dennie and I am so glad that you are doing so well. Can’t wait to see you in June.
Wow!! You are truly blessed by the hand of God! Thank you for bringing this positive word. It is something I need to hear from time to time especially when life’s hiccups come around. To go through such a trama and to have such a good outlook, I am proud to call you my friend! Keep on going Denny!! You can do anything through Christ!!
U better bet it, Dennie T is additional proof that God is able when spirit and body is willing to take that risk
I am truly moved and thankful you are able to share this with us. I also know that you know The Secret….
Dennie – I had only heard bits and pieces of what happened and had no idea how serious your injuries were. It sounds like such a scary experience and it is so great to hear that you have come this far in beating the odds. Thanks for sharing the story and I look forward to hearing the next update on your continued successes.
What a moving story. I had no idea that you had gone through this. Wow. You are a survivor. May God continue to bless you and may your testimony be a blessing to others, on multiple levels. Peace and blessings – Valerie
I am truly touched by your story. Literally but for the grace go I…. God Is Good…ALL THE TIME..and ALL THE TIME…God IS GOOD!!
Thanks for sharing. You’d shared your story about the accident and paralysis with me in previous posts, but I wasn’t sure if you were were still a quadriplegic or not and was a bit hesitant to come out and ask directly. This is an amazing story Dennis. God is good. I pray that you continue on your successful road beyond full recovery. Best, Andre
Dennis – thank you for sharing your story. It is pretty amazing, and I wish you the best on your road to 118%!
Buddy, you are the embodiment of courage and determination. Thanks for sharing.
We’ll have you tailing a winch in no time.
Thank you for sharing your courageous and inspiring story.
To God be the Glory!! Dennis, keep on keepin on, your testimony is truly inspirational and I am going out to find the book by Blauer. Thanks so much for sharing all of this.
Hey Dennis, Long time brother. I just read your note ‘I believe in Miracles;’ thank you for sharing it, and I am enriched from reading it and will remember you in my thoughts and prayers in an effort to add further momentum to the positive forces that have ushered you down the road to recovery. Yours in friendship and in kinship of spirit. Herman
Inspiring!! You are an amazing person who lives up to what you believe!! I am so blessed to have met you. When you are at 118% Hank would love to go for a walk with Uncle Dennie.
Thank you for sharing not only your story, but your guide to healing. It’s truly amzing as God is amazing! May you continue to grow stronger each day in mind, body and spirit.
Thank you Dennis, your story comes to me at a time that I myself need some inspiration…. You have inspired me to stay strong as I face a very small difficulty (in comparison to what you have faced). I pry for you and may God’s grace and blessings keep you strong and headed towards 118%.
Thanks for sharing your story. I pray for your continued recovery.
Dennie, thanks for sharing your story with me once again. I know that Keith is on his way to recovery and even though insurance has said that he is ‘CUSTODIAL’, he is proving them wrong by the new movements and way he tries to communicate lately. God is the ultimate and only one who has the power to bring Keith back to us. A brain injury is such… Read More a traumatic and complicated situation… but with God, we will overcome!! I was told that Keith has the mindset of a 2-3 year old, but I didn’t receive that because I know that my husband is still in there somewhere and I need the energy and belief from folks that he is healed and he is on his way back.
You are an inspirational testimony to us all and i can only hope that we can do the same with Keith’s situation… for God is all and we know He can do it for us if we believe.
Take care and God bless!!
Incredibly inspiring. “We all have a miracle inside of us.” Thank you for sharing the miracle that is Dennie T. I’m glad you have a second chance to make a difference. You certainly are making one. :-> More blessings to you.
Dennis- You should make a documentary out of this. I know someone who makes movies like this for a living. Your would be an amazing story to share with other!
Namaste. Thank you for sharing.
This is a most inspiring note Dennis. I re-read it several times today and now have a better understanding of your undeterred positive energy and lust for life. You will have no trouble reaching 118%; we will be rooting for you. Thanks for sharing.
Dennis, I had not know the particulars of your fall before, though I was aware that a miracle had occurred. After reading the details, the miraculous looks even more amazing. But, then, I do believe that my God takes care of his own. Your resilience is itself amazing, and you are an inspiration to us all. How can I let myself be brought down by “… Read Morethe little things” in my own life, when I read all that you have gone through and are going through? There is no real hierarchy of pain; however, and I know that what each of us has inside differs. Still
Onward and upward. And, consider, as someone else on this site has suggested, doing a book or a documentary. I love you.
Dennis, you continue to inspire me. I will continue to pray for your official goal of 118%.