Injured model Lauren Scruggs hit a new milestone, writing a message on her website for the first time since losing her eye and hand after a plane propeller accident last month.
“I don’t know how to thank each one of you, properly, for so much love during this difficult incident in my life,” she wrote in a Lolo magazine post dated Jan. 9. “My heart is so grateful beyond what I could ever imagine. So thank you dearly for the sweet encouragements, the precious words in letters and messages, the beautiful grace in pretty presents, but mostly I am so SO thankful for you and your loving hearts and sweet spirits.”
The post was signed “love, lo,” which is a nickname used by her friends and family.
While she has been recovering, the 23-year-old model and her family are now enduring the arduous reality of her rehabilitation.
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“This is serious business, and much harder than we could have ever dreamed: she's had a brain injury which requires a great amount of sleep and rest,’’ wrote her mother, Cheryl Scruggs, Saturday on CaringBridge.org. “Talking is a major effort, and wears her out. Her severe shoulder injury slows her down in the simple things, like trying to dress herself, taking a shower, or putting lotion on after a shower."Story: Injured model Lauren Scruggs makes first outing
The days have been long and filled with physical and emotional stress for Scruggs and her family. On Sunday, the exhaustion was palpable: Cheryl, too tired to write on the site they use to update well-wishers on Lauren's progress, simply signed off.
"I have come to sit down tonight and write, but am emotionally drained, and physically tired," she wrote. "God has given me things to share, so I will see you in the morning."
After suffering brain trauma, the loss of her left hand, a shoulder injury and the eventual removal of her left eye from the accident on Dec. 3, Lauren is confronted with what her mother calls the "new norm."
"It's hard to raise her left shoulder just to put her arm in the shirt sleeve," Cheryl wrote Saturday. "Losing her left hand and her left eye makes life a different ball game altogether. Depth perception doesn't exist anymore. Not easy to overcome for walking or driving, but doable."Story: Injured model is ‘making remarkable strides’
Despite the difficulty, the doctors at Parkland Hospital in Dallas are encouraged by Lauren's progress.
On Jan. 5, Lauren awoke at 6 a.m. crying and trying to take deep breaths because of “horrendous’’ pain," Cheryl shared. Her parents rubbed her feet and massaged her right arm with oil as tears trickled down their daughter’s face. “We still have a long road ahead of us,’’ she wrote.Video: Injured model makes first public outing (on this page)
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