a hero…is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. That individual is my friend, my confidant, a wife, a mother and a friend to so many others. Randene…she’s strong, beautiful, kind, patient and professional. Five years ago my life changed drastically when I met her and her amazing family. What started out as “just neighbours” has turned into inseparable friends for life. She is an incredible friend and someone I trust with my whole heart and confide in daily. When she wasn’t working you could find us shopping, having coffee, decorating our homes, working on our fitness or having a glass of wine. We talked everyday and still do and I will be forever grateful that our paths crossed and we share the relationship that we do. This time of year is difficult, as it is a reminder that another year has passed from Randene’s accident three years ago. She was diagnosed with a concussion and to be honest I didn’t even know what that meant nor did I understand. I heard the word used in sports but I didn’t know what that meant for her and if she would be ok. I still remember the call that day on November 9th and instantly I felt numb. WHY RANDENE? What now? How long until she recovers? How would I help? Did she even want help? The only thing I seemed to know was that instantly everything became difficult for her. Light…vision…sound…walking…balance…headaches…driving…EVERYTHING. As the days passed I was still scared and nervous and I felt hopeless. I cried at night wondering what I could do to help. But every time we would talk, even if it was for just a short time, I felt like she had made some progress. Sometimes I didn’t say anything and just listened and sometimes I did all the talking and sometimes we would just sit and cry and no one would talk. But I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be and that was right by her side. During the hard days I seen Randene hit rock bottom, but my favourite part of her journey has been about the comebacks. She has never ever given up and I know that there where days that she wanted to, but she always grounded herself and took a step in a new direction. Over the last three years our friendship has evolved and continues to grow each day. The good days are so good and she is learning about herself on those bad days. She knows when to ask for help and she recognizes when it’s time to take a step back. On the inside she continues to work on her heart and mind and her vision for life has grown. She has an extreme passion to help others and through the evolution of allowing herself to dream again, her vision for helping others and the creation of this website became possible. A place for others like her to reach out and ask for help and a place where supporters like me can come to read and understand how we can help. Randene’s accident changed my life. FOR THE BETTER. I’m a better mom because she has taught me patience. I’m a better friend because she has taught me how to listen. And I’m a better wife because she has taught me persistence and perseverance. I’m proud to call you my friend and I’m proud of every success big or little that you have had on this journey. I’m so proud to be doing life with you. Love you long time friend Michelle xo

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