Family Collage

Family Collage
Lots of Love in this Bunch!
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Away we go...

I must confess, it's relatively rare these days that I sit at my computer and wonder what I'm going to type. Hah! If only my fingertips could move as fast as the thoughts in my head. Indeed, the impact of TJ's story weighs heavy on my mind, pressing my heart with each word that he shares during our interviews.

Usually there is plenty of time for laughter...he makes certain of this!

The struggles TJ has faced, the obstacles he has overcome, yet through it all a smile has remained on his face. He is one of the sweetest, most heartfelt 21-year-olds I've ever known; so poised and confident that everything happens for a reason. As the mother of a six-year-old little boy named Conner, I pray each day that my son will look to TJ as a role model and follow his example of dealing with the uncertainties of life in a positive manner.

I admire TJ the most because he is willing to put himself out there for all to judge with a keen eye, even sacrificing his privacy in order to help millions who are suffering and in pain. He believes that for every disabled person he inspires, his efforts are well worth every minute spent.

This privilege I have been given to write TJ's story is an enormous responsibility - one that I do not and will not take lightly under any circumstance. He is one that can, and will, inspire many people; and I will do my best to convey his story while respecting those who have given him the opportunity to move forward with his life.

Now, before I sign off for the night, I promised on March 23rd that a special event would take place today. So...

for those whose names are listed below, please shoot me an email at , and I'll reply with the necessary information for you to receive your T'shirt and poster that was donated by TJ's family members and friends.

Tameka Harpole
Julie Musil
Rhonda Renee
Christy Middleton
Emily Feely
Emily Martin
Bud Ranta

Most importantly, I wish to say THANKS to all who have supported this project and prayed for TJ a full recovery. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Love, Tory


  1. Tory,

    Thanks for following T.J's story. Can't wait for the next Phase of the trials to begin. TJ will make history and finally validate the science that will save billions of people worldwide of debilitating and even life threatening conditions. I wish the controversy could be put aside making people come together for a great cause. Take Care!

    ~ SoLaras

  2. I read the previous posts. Congrats on the agent, and this project seems interesting.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. Exactly, SoLaras! This is a goal we hope to accomplish through sharing TJ's story with the world. Hope. Peace. Unity.

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you return for more updates on THE HUMAN CANDIDATE.

    Medeia, I'm so happy you visited the blog, and thrilled this project has piqued your interest. ~ Tory

  4. Keep your spirits up, TJ! Laughter and love is (and always will be) the best medicine for your soul. Sending all my best; please know there are a lot of people thinking positive thoughts and praying for you. :)
    Steve L.

  5. Tory / T.J. Best of Luck...

    T.J. your brave journey will lead to a revolution in medicine that will help millions of people. I wish you and your family the best. And that the treatment helps you.

    Please know you have millions of supporters and your journey may help millions of people.

  6. I feel success for both TJ & Tory is just around the corner. Good luck & God bless.

  7. TJ, your positive attitude, bravery, and generous spirit are truly inspirational. I'm so excited to witness your project from the beginning. Congratulations to both of you on representation. There's no doubt that your agent WILL find a home for this amazing story.

  8. TJ,
    As I am sure you are becoming aware, situations like the one you face bring out both the best and worst in people. What's most important, though, is what it brings out in you. So far, what I have seen in my limited view is that it has brought out your strong character and even stronger sense of personal integrity. You handle each challenge very responsibly and with grace making you a far greater role model for kids than most of our best paid professional atheletes...
    Thank you!
    They need you... (the kids and the athletes)

  9. If science can bring back the joy in a young man like this, then I'm a very proud scientist ! All the best to you and your family !

  10. What a great project! I'm new to the blog. Good luck in the editing process. I sounds like you're on your way.

  11. T.J.,
    I have read your story with great interest. I find you to be a very brave and courageous young man. I continually think of your situation and the profound impact your recovery may have on so many others.

    Thank you for sharing your story! I believe it will have a very happy ending.

    Very best wishes for a fast recovery and good health!

  12. Jan, Julie, CW, Adri, Jennifer, and Paul - Thank you so much for following TJ's story of hope and courage. His journey in life is certain to inspire many disabled people and give hope to the family members that stand by and watch as their loved ones suffer.

    Your support and encouragement mean so much to TJ and his family, so please keep the kind messages coming!

    ~ Tory

  13. I am just discovering your blog and am so inspired and impressed. I'm excited to continue following you and your journey with TJ to inspire others with such an amazing story!

  14. I just found a link to your blog after searching to see if anyone had posted any further on the stem cell trial. I check frequently because my 14 year old was paralyzed on valentine's day of this year. I wish TJ the best because I kind of know what he's going through and because his success is all of our success in the spinal cord world. I can't wait to read the book or any other updates you post. God bless you all.
    Abby's mom, Laurel