My family has been very, very supportive,
and my gratitude is in that they love me where I am,
and they realize that I'm not going to do it
according to the way they would like me to do it, and sometimes I think
it's really hard for them because I look normal or healthy or well,
and so--I mean--I can remember through the years going to my mother's house,
and I would just go in and I would sit down.
And she thought I was lazy and that I wouldn't do anything to be helpful,
and so it was really challenging.
Then after my second injury, when I got really sick and couldn't care for myself,
they were very frightened
because I would have episodes and seizures and things like that,
and they were in Washington D.C., and I was here in Virginia.
And I had a partner and caregiver, and that was really helpful,
but my mom was often really quite frightened,
and so they've been thrilled to watch me come back.
And--you know--I had made some vow when I graduated that I wasn't moving back home,
no matter what, and so my willfulness can sometimes be a challenge for them,
but we are still very close and stay in touch with one another quite regularly.
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