How’s Steve now?

December 2nd, 2006 at 05:58pm admin

“How is Steve doing now?”
This is one of the most commonly asked questions that Steve gets both in person and via emails. That is a difficult question to answer. In some ways he has shown progress far beyond what the doctors said he would ever attain to. (Remember, at first they recommended that Janie pull the plug and use him as an organ donor!) He has beaten the odds over and over again. The prognosis was that he would be slow mentally for the rest of his life because of the extended period of low blood pressure, but on his last IQ test he scored 15 points above his highest test score ever!

Some of Steve’s body is doing better and better it seems. For example, it is noticeable that he is walking better now than a couple of years ago. It’s not that his legs have gotten better – that’s pretty much beyond the scope of possibilities at this point. However, he has grown better at walking with the weakened legs that he has to work with.

But other parts of Steve’s body are doing poorly. His quads in his upper legs are nearly completely devastated to the point of being skin on bones. That lack of muscles makes going up and down stairs or ramps difficult to accomplish.

“What is Steve doing now?” 
Prior to the accident in 1997, Steve was leading the large Vineyard Community Church congregation in Cincinnati (about 7,000 people on weekends). As he shared in the book, his new “turtle” body couldn’t take the workload of more than about 35 hours per week. That didn’t fit with the amazing hourly work weeks that role demanded.  His doctors, with all great motives behind their words and therapy, declared that after one year, he would pretty much the full extent of the nerve damage renewal that would occur.  For that matter, at that point, the future of what he could expect in terms of a recovery of some sort would become clear at that point as well.  On December 10, one year after the accident Steve was still in very rough shape – as were his emotions.  Yet now, nearly a decade after the accident, an amazing renewal has happened at many levels of Steve’s life.  For example, Steve’s I.Q. dropped initially after the accident along with his speech pattern, speed, etc.  Recent testing indicates that his I.Q. has not only returned to where it was, but has increased to a significant level above what it was prior to the accident.  His speaking speed is a bit slower than before (but many think that speaking at 220 words per minute was a bit too fast in any case!)  

His energy has steadily increased to the point that in the past few years Steve and Janie began to once again ponder their long-term dream of planting one more cluster of churches – this time in Florida.  This dream is launching into a reality with a team of highly talented crew members as all comes together in late 2007 and early 2008.  The church, CoastlandTampa, is the product of the many lessons gained by years of serving, showing generosity, introducing many to Jesus, and learning to connect people to their talents.  Mostly Coastland is about extending the atmosphere of kindness to likeminded churches who think in similar ways in the U.S. and beyond.  

“How can I contact Steve directly?” 
Steve enjoys hearing from readers and is good at getting back to you via email. You can contact him directly at SteveSjogren@mac.com.

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