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I thought that I would do a quick update on our son, Tom Segars progress on his road to recovery from a traumatic brain injury. It has been over nine years since Tom’s injury and he continues to move forward. The progress is excruciatingly slow but it is progress and that’s all that matters. Tom still has short term memory issues and still needs a walker. We see more and more of his sense of humor and he really makes us laugh. He and Lynda are still very much in love and they are so good together.

Tom’s favorite pastimes are the computer, texting and games on his phone and scrabble. He loves scrabble most of all. If there is no one to play with him, he plays the game himself.

For those of you who have followed Tom’s progress on my site, you will remember that he and Lynda went to Hawaii last year and that Tom went surfing. It was a momentous moment in Tom’s recovery. They followed the surfing adventure with Tom convincing Lynda to take a helicopter tour. They both enjoyed it thoroughly.

This year, Tom added another adventure to his list.

Yup, Tom and his mom, Veronica, went parasailing. The operator that Veronica chose was Point Pleasant Parasail. She called them ahead of time and discussed Tom’s issues and they were more than happy to accommodate him. We arrived at the boat early and with a little help, Tom made it across a gravel expanse onto the dock, down a steep ramp to a floating dock and onto the boat – all without his walker.

The boat headed out of Manasquan Inlet and cruised along the coast off Manasquan, New Jersey. When it was Veronica and Tom’s turn to parasail, Tom scooted into position next to his mom and up they went. Soon they were sailing about 250’ off the water.

Veronica looked at Tom and said “It is so quiet up here!” Tom looked at his mom and screamed “WHAT?” and then started laughing. That is so like the old Tom. They both laughed.

As with most fun things, they end way too soon! Tom and Veronica were winched back to the parasailing boat and both were excited about their new adventure. Parasailing is something that Veronica has wanted to do for awhile and she had no problem getting Tom to come along. It is so good to see Tom participating in such varied activities.

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5 Comments so far »

  1. Meryl m
    9:41 am on February 7th, 2015

    You are all such an amazing family. Seeing Tom thrive gives hope to others. Thank u for sharing your story and the updates on your son!

  2. Samantha Hess
    12:14 am on October 15th, 2015

    I just finished the documentary that Tom was featured on. What an incredible story. I had to google him to see if there was an update and was so happy to see this! How great God is that He was able to give you the strength to be by Tom’s side through his recovery. I’m sure you have questioned many times why this has happened to Tom and you may never have that answer. But know that there are strangers, like myself, that are supporting him and praying for him. I hope he lives a long happy and healthy life with his beautiful wife. God Bless you all.

  3. Shantae
    12:28 am on October 17th, 2015

    Thank you so much for this update! We are praying for you and so happy to see you are both together and experiencing life.

  4. Justin W
    3:11 am on October 28th, 2015

    Glad to see Tom is doing better and continues to improve. You are a great strong family and his wife is a true kind soul, real rare finds in today’s world. I wish you all the best and hope you have many great years to come.

  5. Brian
    11:09 pm on November 2nd, 2015

    Thanks for sharing your story with the world.

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Herb Segars is a photographer who specializes in wildlife and marine subjects. He lives in Brick, New Jersey, USA with his wife, Veronica. Herb spends a great deal of time SCUBA diving and photographing in the nutrient rich Atlantic waters off his home state of New Jersey.


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