The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow.

The sun’ll come out Tomorrow.  Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun.

There has been a lot of disappointment and sadness in the news lately.  Not much sunshine, mostly dark clouds.  It’s been rather hard to shake off the gloom.  The death of a Philly legend, Joe Frazier.  The lingering NBA Lockout.  The demise of Andy Reid.  The horror of Jerry Sandusky.  The shocking breakup of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.

Since I spend a great deal of time at home resting, doing therapy, resting, writing, and resting, I was looking for something positive to watch on TV. Something that would bring my spirits up.  Something that would be worth my time.   I had just finished watching the most disturbing Bob Costas interview with resident POS Jerry Sandusky.  After feeling disgusted by very tragic events, I turned to the someone who embodies the true spirit of sunshine– someone who is hopeful and inspirational–  Gabby Giffords.  Always a big fan of Diane Sawyer, I turned to her interview with Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly on ABC.  I didn’t know much about her before her devastating incident, but now I feel that I know her so well.  With her intense hours of therapy, her struggles to walk again, her trying to get back to her “normal” self , I felt a kindred spirit with her.  Now, our circumstances couldn’t be more different, but the struggle is the same.  One minute you are fine, the next minute your life is forever changed.

Mark Kelly videotaped her therapy sessions at the Rehab Hospital.  He wanted to show her one day how far she had come.  These sessions were part of the interview (If you haven’t seen it, watch a segment here.)  It puts life back into perspective.  I felt tears  roll down my face, as I was nodding alot.   I empathized with her.   From opening her eyes for the first time, to sitting up in a chair, to saying her first words “what”.  Brought me back to when I was able to roll over in bed for the first time.  I was able to feel my feet for the first time.  I was able to stand for the first time.

There are so many different types of therapy that can bring about tremendous healing.  I found at Bryn Mawr Rehab (BMR) that Equestrian Therapy and Aquatic Therapy were the most impactful for me.  Riding a horse simulating a human walking enabled my body to remember what it was like to move my hips, steady my core and walk.  The water, because of its lack of gravity, gave me the ability to do exercises I could not do on dry land.  Both gave me the confidence to heal.  For Gabby, music plays a big role.  There is research that shows that music can help heal the mind.

The most moving part of her catalogued therapy was Gabby’s mom singing to her the iconic song, ” Tomorrow”.  “The sun’ll come out Tomorrow.  Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun!  Just thinkin’ about Tomorrow, clears away the cobwebs, and the sorrow, ‘Til there’s none!”

So, in between tears, I pulled up my Netflix account, clicked on my instant queue, and watched “Annie”.  It’s a good thing that I watched it during day, because I knew every single lyric, and belted it out as if I were little Orphan Annie.  Who can forget lines from Carol Burnett like “And if the floor don’t shine like the top of the Chrysler Building.” and the girls’ response  “I love you Miss Hannigan.”  And of course, “Leapin’ Lizards!”  Come on. We’ve all seen it.  We’ve all sung it.  We’ve all loved Annie. (For you guys out there, Daddy Warbucks was played by Albert Finney, who also starred in the Bourne series.  See, there’s guy stuff in here too).

“When I’m stuck a day, that’s gray, and lonely, I just stick out my chin, and grin, and Say–The sun’ll come out Tomorrow, so ya gotta hang on ’til tomorrow, come what may!  Tomorrow! Tomorrow!  I love ya! Tomorrow!  You’re always a day away!”

As Mark Kelly said when speaking of his wife, Gabby’s, battle, “Optimism is a form of healing.  Hope is a form of love.”  For all of your unconditional love and support, I am forever grateful.  To many more sun-filled Tomorrows.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by katherine on November 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I loved when you said “The shocking breakup of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.”
    Thanks for the laugh!


  2. Posted by Colleen DeLeo on November 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    I watched her interview too! I am amazed by her and her husband. I only hope she continues to heal and make progress. It must be so hard for her with all the difficulty she has in communicating. I know has a nurse that is one of the most heartbreaking things we see, when a patient “knows” what they want to say but can not ariculate the words or be understood due to strokes or other illnesses
    I bet you would enjoy her book Suz!. It sounds like you both have/continue to amaze everyone around you. Keep up your hard work.. . Now I have to go watch Annie when I get home from work.


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