For the Fetterly family this year has been dominated by Mary-Jo’s skiing accident last January. Her broken neck has left her paralysed from the chest down. Eight months of intensive rehabilitation at Vancouver’s G.F. Strong Rehab Hospital and with total commitment and dedication on her part, she has regained mobility in her shoulders, arms and wrists. She is now living in an apartment in Vancouver with her two daughters, Amanda and Katelyn and getting on with her new life. She has even resumed teaching her beloved Yoga classes from her wheelchair. Her indomitable spirit of courage and acceptance has touched all who come in contact with her. Her website www mary-jo.com is an information pipeline for updated news, with eloquent web logs posted by daughter Amanda and by Mary-Jo. Nothing could have prepared us for the rage of emotions which came barrelling at us –shock, disbelief, profound sadness and grief. And nothing could have prepared us for the deeply powerful blanket of love and support which has carried us through it all from friends, family and acquaintances. Mary-Jo’s sisters, Patty, Anne and Carol have been a tower of strength for all of us as have so many of you, through warm phone calls, letters, thoughts and prayers and in so many practical and concrete ways. You know who you are and we want you to know we feel your support in whatever form it may take. We are deeply grateful to all of you.
The Spirit of Christmas has truly surrounded us throughout this year. Bless you.
Norm and Ruth