|Adam Dzialo enjoys the Shining Sea Bike|
Path in Falmouth, MA near where he lives.
Now, twelve years later, the story of the accident and the ongoing recovery of Adam and his family are now available in a new book called Ceramic to Clay, by his mother Sharon Dzialo. It is so new off the press, I don't have a copy yet, but plan to give it my full attention soon. You can find it on Amazon or at the link above. Adam's father Phil has recently started a blog called Healing, Empowering and Thriving, which chronicles the many aspects of this family's unique approach to supporting their son's recovery to the fullest extent possible. Their story is a raw and tender journey we should all know and respect. Their model is a true guide for others who strive for solutions outside the box and want to keep and care for their loved ones at home beyond the realm of typical institutional care.
When I first met Adam, he stared off into a corner of the ceiling. It was hard to tell if he was present inside his body. Now when I see him, he locks eyes with mine, his face lights up with a huge smile, and he laughs! My partner Maribeth has been a primary therapist for him for many years now and occasionally shares a funny moment or a turning point in his progress we marvel at together. While Adam is non-verbal and requires total care, he and his family are blazing a new trail in recovering his spirit, his personality, and undergoing remarkable physical transformations not previously expected of someone with such a devastating brain injury.
How did Adam survive nearly 25 minutes underwater? How did his family survive the numerous impacts of such a life-changing event? What therapies have been used to help Adam heal and rebuild? You are just going to have to read the book and the blog to find out!
Thank you Sharon and Phil for sharing your experience with Adam and showing us a new way!