Saturday, July 18, 2009

Messages to Chuck

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  1. Chuck keep working your way back! Thanks for opening your eye when I visited! Everyone is cheering you on. Come on back to us buddy.

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  3. Life is so precious. God reminds us of that during times like this. Keep plugging Chuck. You da man!

  4. We are praying in Georgia for Chuck and all the family. May God bless you.
    Pastor Nathan Nielson - Friend of Bill Sandstrom and Credentials Chair for the Georgia Fellowship of the Church of God

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  6. Hey Chuck,

    Mark Fairhurst here... I see where Christy says you opened an eye for him, that's great. When I swing by again, I'm looking for a handshake! See you soon.

  7. Hi Chuck,
    It's Mary Catherine, your cousin, writing to you from Florida. I am happy to hear you are making progress. I was just thinking back to when we were kids and my sister, Jean, & I loved to join the Sandstrom kids at Aunt Vi's in Sinclairville. I have great memories of jumping from haystacks, and running away fromm the bull in the field! Picking rasberries was a little tamer, but was still fun. I was so glad to see you when I was in Jamestown for my class reununion, and had the pleasure of meeting Auburn.I think we need to plan a big reunion when you are well, and gather all those Swedish relatives together, plus all of our extended families. Becky keeps me to up to date with pictures. I love seeing them all.
    Keep doing well, cuz!
    Love & prayers to you and all the family!!
    Mary Catherine

  8. Auburn,
    As I read the recent updates I smile and know that God is watching over you all. I would ask God for signs every day during Garrett's recovery and now ask them for you. You will find hope, faith and encouragement to make it to the next day with every sign. You are an amazingly strong woman and I am so pleased to have met you during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

    Love ya, Dottie Parker

  9. Chuck:

    You have been in my thoughts since I heard about your injuries. You are always so positive. Keep that spirit, and you will come through this and be back with all of us, working toward the common good. God bless you and your family.

    Steve Bossart

  10. Chuck, We are thinking about you & praying for you here in Findlay! We love you & wish you & your family well!!! xoxo

    Donnie & Amy Haynes & family
    By the way, Shaylee is 17 years old, Dylan is 11 years old & that little baby you dedicated is now 6!! Can't believe how time flies!

  11. Chuck,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...miss your smiling face. Am confident that smile will be beaming in no time at all. You are meant for awesome things amongst us here!

  12. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Chuck last week and was pleased with how well he looks physically. I have no doubt that he will fully recover and once again be the joyful, warm Chuck we have all come to love.
    His father-in-law,
    Jerry Sheaffer

  13. I was so pleased to be able to come and stay with you Charlie my boy! Prayers are coming your way from all over the world and we believe in the miracle of recovery for you my brother! Stay strong Auburn, Shelley and Stacey. We are all in the circle with you guys even if we cannot be there physically, we are there in spirit. Love and hugs, Rebecca

  14. Auburn and Chuck...My prayers of gratitude to God this morning for this remarkable progress, and will continue to pray that it continues and that soon you all will be back to your lives together. All things are possible through God..What a blessing this blog is to let you know that you are not alone and that we are praying and thinking of you and your family. In God's love....Shelly from Findlay

  15. Hi! I just want to send you a message to let you know that I am praying for you for a complete recovery. My son had a severe traumatic brain injury from a car accident. It sounds like you are in very much the same condition as he was. Well, it has been 2 years since the accident and he is doing great! He is doing everything that he did before the accident. You be encouraged. You have a positive attitude and many people from all around are pulling for you. You're going to make it just fine. I haven't seen your wife in years, but I know she's a special person and you are so fortunate that she's there for you. Love to both of you, Laurie Rivera

  16. Chuck, the truth regarding God and yourself is that Life is God and good and perfect always and you, Chuck, have the absolute right to health and happiness. These are the natural, normal and right conditions of Life and they belong to you.
    Lillian DeWaters

  17. Dear Chuck,
    Please be assured of our prayers for you and yours. You have always been a great inspiration to me, encouraging me as a young Christian when you came to Yankee Road Church in Middletown. You taught me how to direct music and I am leading worship for two camp meetings this summer because of you.
    Johnny Creasong, pastor of the Bossier City First Church of God, Bossier City LA

  18. Pauline Kramer & FamilyJuly 22, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    To Chuck & Auburn-You both are in our prayers, and thoughts for recovery, it's all in God'S hands, and He knows what is best, and is right there with you. I know Chuck has the inner strength and desire to come back. We all love himDeep Creek Baptist church has you in our prayers. I'm looking forward to another reunion in Jamestown again, or whereever,so get well!

  19. Hi Chuck from allof us- you've got to get over this so we can have another reunion in Jamestown! We've got an awesome God and He is right there with you both thru this All of us are remembering you in prayer. We love ya!

  20. Dear Auburn,
    How grateful we are for you and Mandela. You have gained a wonderful "go get 'em" Swedish family by the name of Sandstrom.
    Love, Mom

  21. Hey Chuck and Family,
    We're visiting Mom tonight, and we have an opportunity to use a more modern computer. You all are on the Grace Bible Church prayer list too. Our Lord Jesus Christ is merciful and gracious. We're asking Him to have His way -- for your good and His glory. It's good to see and hear what He has already done. We praise and thank Him for that! Love, Victor and Sue

  22. Chuck we are thinking of you in Fort Worth,Texas. I will be sending you a real note very soon. Keep on keepin' on!~Amy Bower

  23. Chuck, for your soon recovery and coming back to all of us we are praying to God for that miracle. Keep fighting and see you soon. Much love from Jim Rivers.

  24. Dear Chuck
    It is a joy to realize that everyone surrounding you, from one end of the world to the other, is thinking rightly. We are making the right use of our tools (our thoughts in prayer) and we expect you to manifest health and success. The law of Life is "without variation, neither shadow of turning."
    Mom Sheaffer

  25. Chuck, I'm praying for your quick recovery. You will recall we (Bridgestone Firestone)worked together when you were at the Salvation Army. I know that God is with you and is just providing you with some much needed rest. The Akron and Barberton communities need you back working for us all! So get well soon!

  26. Chuck,
    I as well as my fellow Marines are praying for you here at Kings Bay Naval Base, GA. Stay strong!

  27. Chuck and Family,
    Greg and I are remembering you daily in prayer.
    Georgine and Greg Tuck
    Findlay, OH

  28. "Perfect love casteth out fear." Chuck, I was in your hospital room a week ago. I saw no throbbing hearts or fearful anxious eyes. I saw only kind care given to you. It was a great experience during the day to meet five visitors from various organizations who showed deep admiration for you and yes, absolutely expressed the command "to love one another." It was a humbling experience.
    Mom Sheaffer

  29. Chuck,

    Met your wonderful bride yesterday. What a lucky guy!

    Glad to hear of your progress. We miss your positive spirit at the United Way Campaign Cabinet meetings. You are in our prayers and thoughts. And as my alter ego, Clint, might say - Get better, go ahead make my (our) day!

    Bill Lowery

  30. Chuck & Auburn,

    It was unfortunate that this incident occured. howver we know that God has his hand in this and that He will be glorified.

    I want you both to know that you and your family are in my prayers. My Emmaus share group (including Rick Henson & John King from Stonebridge) lifted your family in prayer at this morning's breakfast.

    It was encouraging to hear about Chuck's progress. Recovery is a slow process but it gives you an opportunity to share even a deeper love for each other.

    Also looking forward to reading about Mandella at Princeton.

    God Bless

    Marc Washington
    Findlay, OH

  31. We are praying for you every day. God still is in the miracle business.

  32. Watched some 7-on-7 yesterday between volleyball matches and remembered the fun we shared last summer. Friday nights won't be the same this year without Auburn and Chuck at the Wolfe's. We are all praying for successful recovery.

  33. hello my brother! I am so deeply moved reading all these comments from all the family and friends who love you! God is working His miracle of recovery on you Chuck!
    Auburn, hang in there and thanks so much for these updates, I love you sister!

  34. When it comes to Chuck's situation time must be spent on making him free. What a waste questioning "why"! Jesus never asked why. He commanded Satin to get behind him. He admonished us "to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease" (Matt 10:1) This power is available now as it was to the disciples who reported back to Jesus that "even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name." (Luke 10:1,17)
    Mom Sheaffer

  35. Your colleagues/friends on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Board hold you and your family in our daily thoughts, look forward to your recovery and your return. We have confidence in you and your can-do spirit.

    Larry Becker, CFRE
    AFP North Central Ohio Chapter

  36. Mark A. Line, Findlay Ohio ( 27, 2009 at 10:02 AM


    Just a quick note to let you know that you are being prayed for daily. Love you brother and wishing you a complete and full recovery. Next time you are going into battle with some evil bully call on some of your warrior buddies. I would be there in a heart beat. Just hold fast to your anchor and know he that began a good work in you is true and will see it to the end. God Speed to you for a complete recovery. Really miss seing you and hearing your trade mark laugh.... Mark Line & Family

  37. Chuck, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Gwen & Chet

  38. Hello my brother! we are holding you up in prayer in Webster Texas!
    Auburn, look forward to seeing you soon

  39. Chuck, everyday prayers of truth are being mirrored in adjustments in your condition. God's infinite power is your power. This is your inheritance. You own it. "The father within me doeth the works." All your health, strength, power, love, harmony come from God.
    Mom Sheaffer


    'Tis said, the pipe and lute that charm our ears
    Derive their melody from rolling spheres;
    But Faith, o'erpassing speculation's bound,
    Can see what sweetens every jangled sound.

    We, who are parts of Adam, heard with him
    The song of angels and of seraphim.
    Out memory, though dull and sad, retains
    Some echo still of those unearthly strains.

    Oh, music is the meat of all who love,
    Music uplifts the soul to realms above.
    The ashes glow, the latent fires increase:
    We listen and are fed with joy and peace.


  41. Dear Chuck,
    We are grateful to read of your daily progress. The blog contributors are declaring a recognition of your true self that is seeking freedom and a full life. "Decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee." You have no separate mind from God. God's infinite power is your power. Hallelujah!!
    Mom Sheaffer

  42. Hope you keep getting well Chuck you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you get well real soon.
    Isaiah Rayle

  43. Dear Chuck and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all, There are also many prayers being said for by members of Adat Adonai, the messianic jewish temple I attend regularly. It is wonderful the progress you are making. Your Brother in Christ Tom Rayle

  44. Dear Chuck,
    You love life. It is natural, normal, right. Failure is only for him who doubts. Keep thinking "I AM." "I CAN." "I WILL." And press on! Wake up!

    And I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate you from undearstanding that there is no power against you. GOOD IS ALL.

    Mom Sheaffer

  45. Ryan and Linda ChapmanJuly 31, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    We are sorry for the awful ordeal that are going through but so glad for the great support and care that you are experiencing. We thank God for the progess.
    Our prayers are with you,
    Ryan and Linda Chapman

  46. Hello again Chuck. Amy and I visited you in the hospital almost 2 weeks ago but you were not able to recognize us. We pray daily for God's healing hand to help you totally recover. We will see you soon.

    Keith & Amy Pendergrass

  47. Chuck and Auburn,

    Keith and I and all our family are thinking of you and praying for you all. God Bless and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Get well soon! Sincerely, Keith and Amy Pendergrass

  48. Hi Chuck & Amber,

    This is Shel Schweikert: I was all set to visit you on East Market Street when Paul Holmberg came into Hatties Cafe in Hudson, (where many of us meet for coffee) and said you had moved, but he wasn't sure of your new address. Next thing I know I access this wonderful website and read about your progress. It is really good to know that you are getting stronger each day.

    Please know that all your Clocktower Rotary friends are pulling for you and praying for you.


  49. Uncle Chuck; although I didn't start saying it until it was official, calling you Uncle Chuck never felt strange to say. You have always been a wonderful and perfect addition to this family, the missing puzzle piece. Your laughter, your smile and the light you bring into the room, I miss terribly. Its so good to hear how hard your working and how much better you are doing. You are in my prayers, more than ever. Wake up soon, Uncle Chuck.
    -Liz Sheaffer

  50. Dear Chuck,
    The answer to your freedom is already established "white to harvest" - "at hand." The Christ vision belongs to you and Auburn now and here.
    Mom Sheaffer

  51. Chuck,Our prayers are with you!We went through this in 1980 when Todd was hit in the head with a softball while playing on our church team. Brain surgery followed to stop bleeding from a fractured skull and blood clot in his brain. A month in a coma and rehab that followed. God is still in control. You seem to be following the same path of coming back as Todd. He came back slowly. His legs moved all the time. His brain seem to slowly wake up. It took many weeks, then therapy, speech and physical. In 6 months he was back in his pulpit. He wasn't 100%. He was a miracle in process! We are asking for a miracle in your recovery. To your wife, stay strong, keep your faith at the lowest times. God will sustain you and give you all the strength you need. Doctors and therapists said Todd would never preach again, but God knew better. We are friends from GBC. We'll keep praying and our church also. Todd & ShirleyGale Wymer

  52. Greetings Chuck & Auburn,
    Chuck, I enjoyed meeting you on Easter when my daughter Zoe and I came for a short visit to Uncle Jerry and Aunt Anne's house. I have been traveling out west during July and have been praying for you from one state to the other. Now I'm back in Cleveland and it's wonderful to read about your progress! You are both in my thoughts and prayers daily. I am looking forward to us all getting together now that Auburn is in northeast Ohio. Stay on course and God will work His wonders. Much love from cousin Sue

  53. Hola Chuck

    Te comparto mi energia en estos momentos dificiles que atraviezas, cuando supe que te habias casado con Auburn senti un gran alivio, porque al final alguien de buen corazon y con una gran energia habia llegado a la familia sheaffer, ojala que todo en la vida fuera felicidad y alegria, pero sabemos que somos humanos y podemos ser heridos, pero yo se dentro de mi corazon que todavia tienes muchas cosas por disfrutar con Auburn y Mandela. Eres un hombre de bien, un hombre que debe despertar y seguir compartiendo ese amor por Dios.


  54. Chuck,
    I don't know if we could possibly be relatives but I wanted to let you and your family know we are praying for all of you. May God grant you healing, strength and peace.
    Earletta Sandstrom Fryer & husband Bill

  55. Auburn and Chuck, Don't hesitate to call me any time night or day. I remember needing to talk to someone - anyone at the oddest times. I just feel from reading all your messages that good things will be happening soon. The medicine I couldn't remember the name of is amantadine. Seemed to get good results with Garrett. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Love ya, Dottie

  56. One thing for sure, Chuck: there is no place too dark or deep to keep God out. We know He's with you, and we believe He's mending you from the inside out. What a wonderful day it will be when you're back from this imposed adventure. Meantime, prayers continue for you and your loving family. Jerry and Pat Shisler

  57. Auburn,
    Hello from the Vanlue community! The Wagner family has been following Chuck's progress and praying for him (and you!) daily. I read your post that said you'd like to hear from more people....we're here!

    School is about to start at Vanlue again, minus a dear English teacher. Doesn't that seem like a lifetime ago? It's important for you to know how much you impacted our school and our lives, and you will be greatly missed this year. You might like to know that Jenny attended orientation at OSU last week (along with her parents) and we are very excited for her to begin the next phase of her life! She's all Buckeye and can't wait to get started. I will always feel that your encouragement, not to mention help with essays, played a huge part in getting her to OSU. We'll make sure to update you on her progress. She & Mandela are Facebook friends, so hopefully they'll stay in touch as well.

    So glad to hear about your "mercy kidnapping"...being a visual person, I like to picture that! Please take care of yourself...I'd love to sneak away from Vanlue during a non-subbing school day & take you out for lunch and visiting.

    More updates from the Wagners and Vanlue, I promise. You're in our thoughts often.


    Ruth & the Wagners
    (Please overlook errors in grammar & punctuation!)

  58. Chuck,
    We are delighted with your wonderful progess. You are returning to the light and before we know it you will be "Chuckles" again. Anxiously awaiting to see your great smile and hear your chuckles. God IS good!

  59. Chuck !!!

    I am elated to hear the news today that your sense of humor is alive and well, that you are smiling and working hard to come back to yourself and to us. It won't be long now until you are up and out the door, where the wonders of this wide world await your complete return.

    With so much Love,

    Your "favorite" (wink)

  60. Dear Chuck & Family
    Praying daily for you to be totally healed!
    Fred & Sharon Miller

  61. Hi, Chuck. This is Peggy's aunt Irene. You and your family have been and are the subject of many prayers in Texas! When Peggy called this morning and told us you had spoken your name we cried with joy and many people have shared those tears after hearing the news. Every time I walk into the church I am greeted with, "have you heard from Chuck?" We will continue to pray for your complete and whole healing and that God will receive all the honor and Glory of which He is so deserving. We do appreciate and thank God for good doctors, nurses, therapists, etc., but we know that God is still God!

  62. Chuck,
    All your friends from the Findlay Rotary Club wish you well. You need to hurry back so the Sargeant at Arms can fine you!. We will keep you in our thoughs and prayers.

    John Harrington
    Club Secretary

  63. Hey brother,
    Bill and I were with you when you were in Speciality Services and we have spent alot of time praying over you and with Auburn and your wonderful girls. We are so thrilled to hear of your progress and know that God has been working on your behalf from the very beginning of this ordeal.
    We had some laughs over a letter that you wrote to me when Bill and I had just met. You tried to be such a protective "little brother" to Bill and I still love and appreciate your caring for him. You have been a wonderful support to us during some troubled times and I appreciated your visit to Bill when he had his heart surgery. We love you and hold you in our prayers moment by moment and are trusting God for your complete healing.
    Just remember, the Drs. gave Bill only a 2% chance of making a comeback from his heart surgery and here he is still giving us alot of laughs and joy. We expect the same from you.
    Your sister, Peg

  64. Chuck -We heard yesterday at Kiwanis that you have been able to speak your own name. It is great to hear that you are making progress. We continue to hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Kady

  65. Chuck,
    I was born and raised in Barberton and I have a lot of respect for you for the things that you have done for the city. You have been in my thoughts and prayers since I saw the article in the paper. I work at Manorcare as an STNA and had no idea then that I would have the chance to help care for you. It is so nice to see you improving so much. It almost seems like every night that I come to work you have been doing new things; walking and talking and humming a tune. I am praying for you and your family daily and look forward to seeing your continued improvement. I just found out about these online updates from a coworker and with working 3rd shift this is a great way for me to read about what I miss during the day and on my nights off.
    We all look forward to seeing your smile and last night you were all smiles. You are the kind of person that really makes me love my job and makes it all worthwhile. Good luck and keep up the good work. Have a good weekend and I'll see you on Monday!
    Auburn, You seem like a very strong woman and I really admire that strength. I only wish that there was more that I could do to help. (I am the one that made the bed with both of you in it if you remember that) You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong.
    Kali Derr

  66. Hello dear brother:

    What a joy to find this blog and see that God is answering our prayers for you! I'm looking forward to a soon-coming time when we can be together, recall the goodness of the Lord and hear the famous Sandstrom laugh.

    Blessings from Georgia,

    Richard Martin

  67. Chuck,
    My name is Scott Perkins and I am a flight attendant with your sister Rebecca. I was a speech pathologist for 20+ yrs and worked with Traumatic Brain Injury for all of those years. If you or any of your family have questions or concerns or want to talk to someone other than your great folks in rehab, feel free to contact me by email, or by your sister, she has my phone number. I wish the best to you and your family! Head injuries not only affect the one that suffered the initial injury but everyone associated with it, and I am pulling for you! Keep your chin up! Stay positive! I have seen patients make progress very quickly, some not as quickly and others slowly. Never ever ever give up! As long as you are alive you are able to learn/relearn any skills that are difficult for you now. Sometimes it may be more difficult to learn/relearn and it may be in a different way than you learned initially, but you can do it! and since we are from the same generation..........i'll leave you with one good quote........"patience Grasshopper!"
    In his gracious love
    Scott Perkins

  68. Hey! Charlie,

    You don't have a sister - you have 3 sisters. So do I. Yes! I knew you were on your way back when you cracked that joke. That took some good thinking. It tickled my funny bone. You've come a long way, Chuck. So GLAD to hear of your progress. Your life is touching people far and wide. Do you have a brother?


  69. Chuck, I have been wondering how I could offer assistance. Then I heard from Olivia at the Salvation Army that I could sit and keep you company for several hours while Auburn attends to a few things. I am looking forward to this way to help and I hope to see you in the next couple of days. I am recently retired and have great availability so I will wait to hear from Auburn. God Bless You all. Jean Hamed

  70. Jean, I don't have your phone number. Please let's get in touch. Olivia has my number and my e-mail is

  71. A note to the family: I'm sorry about Chuck's accident; I had a similar one two years ago, and was at Edwin Shaw, also. I have been blessed with healing and sobriety and I'm here to help if you need me. Joan Riley suggested I make contact. Feel free to contact me any time.
    Kevin O'Shea

  72. Hi Chuck, We are so excited and thankful to hear about the progress that you are making!! Ben and I have been praying daily and Ben hopes to come and see you in the next couple weeks. You keep up the progress and we'll keep up the prayers!!
    We love you too...
    Ben and Judy

  73. Hi Chuck...

    Greetings from Canton, Ohio - Hinzman Family. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. We are so excited to read of your progress. We know that you are in the hands of the Creator and He loves and cares for you. Keep getting better and know that you are loved and prayed for by many.

    God bless!!

    Tom Hinzman

  74. Hey Chuck, Nancy Child Moss from Bay View/Petoskey Michigan here. You and I met a few years ago at the Terrace Inn in Bay View when we had a Child family dinner there. I know you were probably introduced to dozens and dozens of relatives that night so don't worry about not remembering me! I do know I was impressed with the warmth in your eyes and kindness on your face.
    I've been following this blog for some time and am blown away by the MANY people who love you so dearly.
    God bless you as you make such wonderful progress!
    God is good!
    Auburn's cousin, Nancy

  75. Hi Chuck ! You may not remember's been a few years; but I wanted to let you know that your brothers and sisters at Yankee Rd Church love you and are praying for your recovery. You have made amazing progress and we believe that God will continue to keep His hand on you. Keep getting better !
    Janet (Alfrey) Shaw
    Middletown, OH

  76. I Peter 3:6-7 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in good time he will honor you. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
    Of all the words I might say, nothing compares to the wonderful and glorious Word of God.
    My prayers are with you and all your family.
    Anita Stover Blackmon
    High School classmate of
    Jerry and Anne Sheaffer

  77. Chuck,
    It's your dear sis-in-law Peg again. Things sound absolutely GREAT in your progress! I always knew you could do it. You are a person who gets what he wants somehow! Usually by perserverance and hard work. I realize that this is probably the hardest work you will ever do but it will be worth it!! You have a family who loves you and will help you as much and in anyway we can. We have been holding you up in prayer constantly, but the sweetest prayer was from our grandson, J. Michael. Last night he prayed at supper, "Please God, help my Uncle Chuck to get better and make him well again".(He's 6 yrs. old.) The Bible says that "a little child shall lead them", and I believe that the prayers of your granddaughters, all 3 of our grandkids, and prayers of all the adults you have praying for you ARE being answered.
    We have complete faith in God, our Father, who loves you even more than all your family. He is in charge and you are in the BEST possible hands.
    Remember you are loved and we are here for you.

    Auburn, Shelley, Stacey, Mandela, your granddaughters and Brent and CJ are prayed for too. It seems we forget about those great sons-in-law you have but we DON'T forget them!! They have been rocks through this and we love them too.
    Looking forward to hearing more of your progress so keep up the GREAT work. Peg

  78. Chuck,
    What wonderful pictures of the rehab team, and smiling photos of you with your two "girls" as you prepare to say goodbye to one phase of healing and enter the rigorous phase of regaining your strength at Edwin Shaw.
    You will be their "hands down favorite" there, I am sure! Your story is a testimony to never giving up, always believing the best and trusting God for miracles.
    As you lay unaware for weeks, God used you to do an amazing ministry to the staff at Manor Care,and many individuals that you do not even know, through Auburn and Shelley's website,
    I am coming to keep you company tonight. Maybe we will play cards and have a rousing game of Crazy Eights! God Bless - Jean Hamed

  79. Hi Chuck! I Heard that you've spoken some- praise God. We're still praying for you and Auburn- We're asking God for a miracle-God is able, He knows our hearts and his plan for each and everyone of us. Get well soon, we need another reunion don,t we? I love you.

  80. Chuck - You are going to WOW them at EDWIN SHAW. Every non-believer in the building better be prepared for the Holy Spirit's power that will be arriving along with the Sandstrom family.
    A new chapter, another turn in the road that winds toward home.
    Can't wait to come for a visit but i will refrain until the evaluations are complete and you are settled into a routine there.
    How wonderful that you are continuing with your Bible verse fill-in-the-blanks and have the power of God's Word still within your mind and your heart. The Enemy tried, but could not rob you of God's Word or your faith, or ability to inspire others.
    God is Good. Jean Hamed

  81. Congrad. on the move keep up the good work!
    Leanne Beavers
    Barberton Health District

  82. Chuck,Your brothers from the 100 Black Men of Greater Akron,Inc.We have you in our prayers,we know you will come back strong.GOD BLESS

    President,Michael Irby

  83. Chuck and Family,

    We met briefly at various Kiwanis Club meetings, where I enjoyed getting to know Chuck. I am glad to hear your condition is improving. My wife Judy and I pray for you and wish you the very best.

  84. Chuck,

    I am excited to read about your recovery. Marcy and I have been praying for you regularly since we heard of your injury. You have been and always will be an inspiration to me. Working with you in Kittanning was one of the highlights for me in ministry. Look forward to seeing someday soon.

    In His service,
    David Guess

  85. Chuck
    It was great to see you and Auburn out having a walk around the E.Shaw grounds-
    I hope you got lots of hugs and kisses on those smoothly shaved cheeks when the grand daughters and Stacey arrived.
    Now there's a tongue twister - say "smoothly shaved cheeks" three times fast!
    I plan to come early next week and bring some materials that might be helpful cogitive exercises that we can begin to try out whenever you are ready.
    I am so glad that I have the privilege of being a witness to your miracle. I can't tell you how excitedly I am sharing your story of hope, faith and courage. I strongly believe that "God will repay you for the years that the locusts have eaten......" Amos 2:25
    He has wonderful blessings in store for you and Auburn - blessings of health and of financial aid as well. God is Great.
    Jean Hamed

  86. Hi, My name is Christine Bailey and I work at Edwin Shaw in the Recreational Therapy (RT) Dept. My Mom, Betty, met a family member last night at McDonald's posting to this blog and sent me the account. I was wanting you to know that although we don't have WiFi, we do have internet access in the R.T. room and allow people to plug in their laptops to our internet, or just use our computer, so Chuck can have access to all these wonderful comments and post some himself. We are open M-F and some Saturdays, but the nursing supervisor can let you in during the weekend, when we are not there.
    Your family will be in my prayers as Chuck moves ever forward in his recovery.
    God bless you all! Christine
    "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all." Psalm 34:19

  87. Dear Chuck, Do you remember me, April??? If you don't I'll send you some pictures. Remember all the pictures I took at Stonebridge? I have some good ones of you. Some from "Biker Sunday" you were a real bad ass. Chuck, my heart is broken for all you are going through.
    I hope God will heal you completely. Nothing is too big of a task for him, right? Just look at Murphy!!!!!!!!!Just kiddin Tim....I hope to hear back. I love you Chuck,

  88. Chuck, Do you rember me, APRIL?????? I know that you do!! What a journey we've alll been on, huh? My heart was broken for you after I heard of your attack. I'm praying for you and Auburn to have a wonderful life together, what ever that is!
    I love you

  89. Chuck
    I am so proud of you. Ican't wait to see you. I apologize for not being there sooner, but it has been so hectic. I am excited about your progress and know God will keep you moving!!and laughing.
    I need to know where Edwin Shaw is so I can plan a visit soon.

    Love and prayers

  90. Good afternoon my brother!
    it's me Becki~
    the Sandstroms in Houston are amazed at how well you are doing. Ben, Heather and I are all praying for you everyday and everyone we know also prays and chants for your full recovery! I will be seeing you soon my brother!
    I love you,

  91. Hey Chuck,
    I'm glad you have come around and beaten the coma. They tell me you are doing a heck of a lot better than when I saw you in July. Hang in there and know that you have got a LOT of people praying for your full recovery. You need to keep on improving so you can speak to our Rotary group soon. See you soon.

    Keith Pendergrass

  92. This is "Nea', one of Chuck's little sisters. I had a conversation with Chuck today on the phone, & had to post a comment on his Blog right away!!! We had a REAL conversation, not just a word here & there!!!! Praise God!!! It was so amazing!!! Here is a synopsis of what we said.
    I said " Hi Chuck, this is Nea "!!! I am so glad that you are getting better!!! He said " Me too!!! I am working very hard!!! " I said " You are getting good work-outs" He said, " Yes- I am, it's a lot of real hard work"!!! I told him that I saw Rebecca today, & he said " Is she there???? " I told him that she just left. I told him that she sends her love. He said, "She loves me too!!!! " I said " Yes- she does, very much!!!! We all love you"!!!! I said that probably next week, he would be eating food, & he said " I will like that"!!!!Then he said " Good-Bye, Good-Bye"!!! Auburn said that this is the first time that he has talked so much for a while- she was so excited!!!
    Right after that, she called Rebecca, & Chuck talked to Rebecca. We are so happy about how he talked today!!! Yeah!!!
    Also, one more thing! The last time Rebecca went to visit w/ Chuck, he was talking about the visit. Auburn posted the Blog abt. it, & both Barb & I knew what he said. He said, " Rebecca flies ( he had said "files" ) He also said " I saw Rebecca". When I saw that Blog, I had to E-Mail Rebecca right away, & I could not go to sleep until I did!!! It was later, a couple days after that, when I found out that Barb thought the same thing!!!
    In my opinion, brothers & sisters always have a special bond, especially when something happens. One way or another, we reach out to each other, to lift each other up!!!We have always been that way!!!
    I will call more often now!!!

  93. Chuck, you are 'experiencing God' in a whole new way these days. Where you are is where God is working. Jill Neuman

  94. Chuck, it has been about 3 weeks since I wrote and so much progress has been made by you! I can't tell you how you have blessed us personally (daily) and our church family. We know we have seen a modern day miracle and are excited about the future completion of it. I can see you as a traveling witness - from church to church and who knows where else - giving your testimony of what God has done. (Make our church your first stop!!) Again, we thank God for good doctors and nurses and therapists, etc., but all honor and praise belong to Him. Too, we thank God for your wife and the strength she has protrayed through it all. We pray for all your family as well as you.
    Irene Williams(Peg's aunt in Texas)

  95. Chuck,
    I'm Mac, Rebecca's neighbor here in Texas. I am so happy to see how well you are doing! You have a lot of people here praying for your complete recovery....and that seems very likely! Your story is an inspiration to me and I just want to urge you to keep the faith and continue to get stronger every day!
    We're pulling for you here in Texas!

  96. Chuck,

    It was sure great hearing your hearty voice on the phone yesterday. What a pleaant surprise. Keep up the good work.


  97. The Ahwatukee Assembly of God in Phoenix, Arizona is holding you up in prayer, believing in the perfect healing power of a loving God through Jesus Christ.

  98. Chuck - it was great to have a real conversation with you and you were a whiz at the Bible game!
    I named a Biblical name and you told me if the person was identified with the Old or New Testament. You even got the tricky ones - 10 out of 10 correct! I will have a harder list to challenge you with next time I visit.
    And when I asked you if your sister Nea's real name was Neopolitan - like the ice cream, you were able to tell me that neopolitan icecream was made up of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, so that sweet tooth memory is still intact for sure.
    I was glad to see that you enjoyed playing cards - it is a good way to pass the time. Tomorrow I will encourage all the auxiliary ladies to log onto this blog and keep up to date with your news. God Bless! Jean Hamed

  99. Hi Chuck,
    I began a small group Bible Study with Jean Hamed this week and she asked us to keep you in prayer and told us about your website. I am praying for you and your family. I believe God is going to use you mightily. It sounds like you are one strong man with a great attitude. I praise God that your mind still remembers people and messages from the Bible. Keep going Chuck. You are an inspiration!

  100. Just checked the site again and praise the Lord for the great progress you are making. Keeping you in my prayers.
    Earletta Sandstrom Fryer

  101. Hello Auburn,
    I am a flight attendant for the company Rebecca works for. I ran into her at the airport on Saturday afternoon and she told me about what has happened to Chuck. I want to tell you what I told her. My brother had an accident 6 1/2 years ago and has a brain injury. They told our family he would never wake up and never be able to walk or talk again. Today my brother drives, walks, talks, laughs, cooks, and mows. He just bought a house and got married last week. After a year and a half in the hospital, he attended brain injury therapy 3 days a week for the next 5 years. God works miracles every single day and I believe in the power of prayer. God bless your family through this journey and I want you to know you will be in our prayers. Stay strong--I know God can work a miracle for Chuck too!! In Christ's love, Anna Rosenquist

  102. Dear Chuck and Auburn, Just a note to let you know that we will be visiting you on Mon, Sept 21. I believe we'll get there early afternoon. It's ok if we need to wait until after he finishes therapy (I'm an OT so I understand!) :)
    We've enjoyed watching his wonderful progress on the blog!!!
    Love, Larry, Charlotte, Gwen

  103. Hi Chuck

    My name is Mary Schilling; I graduated from AU with your daughter Shelley. I also had the priviledge of travelling with you and Shelley to Uganda. Chuck you are a true inspiration. I have always remembered you, since the brief trip to Africa. You have such a strong vibrant spirit-which you passed on to Shelley. I had no idea about the attack until this evening. I just spent the past two hours reading this blog and seeing your dramatic progress. God is good! You have given me encouragement through your struggles and have left me with a wonderful reminder of just how great our God is. Stay strong-you will be in my prayers. Love, Mary Schilling

  104. Hi Chuck,
    Blessings for you and praise to God for the improvement and possibility of going home. This amazing recovery is for His glory. We just wanted to let you know you and your family are still in our prayers.
    Keep up the good work,
    Earletta & Bill

  105. Chuck - I am available next Tuesday to help unpack or work in the house to get things in order for your homecoming. Is there something specific that I can do to help?
    Once you are home, we can pick at day that I can help with language stimulation or transportation so that Auburn can accomplish other things that need to be done.
    Normally Tuesdays are days when I have free time. Glad to hear that you are free of the stomach tube at last!!
    Get strong - Jean Hamed

  106. Chuck,
    I am so sorry that all this happened to you. I want you all to know that Brittany and I have never stopped loving you and your family. I am praying for your full recovery back to the vibrant and energy fulled man we have always known you to be. God Bless you and yours and I'm glad to see that He already is.
    In Christ's Love,
    Greg Henson

  107. Glad to hear that you have gone home. Our prayers are with you as you continue to grow stronger and stronger. What a wonderful story God is creating out of this unexpected happening! Chet and Gwen

  108. Auburn
    The way you are keeping chuckscircleoflove blog is simply AWESOME.

  109. "Then Peter said, God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34). Jesus said the works he did we should do also "and greater works." Jesus did it better than we do - yet if God is no respecter of persons, are we all not god-appointed in the same way to do what we are able to do?

    From chuckscircleoflove I see rare courage, patient persistence in the face of dire circumstances. I experience love, sincerity, self-denial in reading this blog. Insatiable love and affections are surrounding the Sandstrom family and securing their happiness and well-being.

    Surely there is no need for which there is no supply!


  110. Chuck - I will be there (tomorrow) Tuesday, September 29th at 2:30 pm and and we will talk, talk talk! I am as excited with every bit of progress that you make as you are. Each connection that you make is the foundation for the next one. You are a miracle in progress!

  111. Hey Chuck and Auburn! It's Lindsay Stibitz from Edwin Shaw Rec Therapy. I was wondering if you'd still like some golfing practice? I can start tomorrow (Tues) if you'd like. Please give me a call and let me know where to go if you're interested! I am glad to see you are still making great improvements at home! Talk to you soon.

  112. Chuck
    I see progress every day as we sit together and work on reconnecting the language pathways in your brain. You certainly give me 110 % effort every time we work together and you must breathe a big sigh of relief when I go out the door!
    After your assessment tomorrow, you will probably have more appointments to juggle, as they add PT and OT to your treatment plan. I am available on Monday, October 5th in the early afternoon. If you are already in Cuyahoga Falls, maybe you can just come to my house and we will work here. If not, I will come to you. You can let me know.
    Give Auburn a hug for me! Jean Hamed

  113. Chuck
    Thank you for the phone call. What a surprise and a joy to hear your voice. I can't wait to visit. I have planned 2 visits, but they were before you came home and the timing was not right. I will get there though. I understand you are at Princeton now. How great. You and Auburn are alsways welcome her also. She really enjoyed her visit with Beckie-She needed it. It is so peaceful here.
    Thanks again for the call. I love you Too!!!

  114. Chuck, I am looking forward to hearing about your trip to see Mandela. I am available Friday October 9th, to come there, or to help with transportation.
    Please let me know about your Friday schedule.
    Hugs to Auburn - Jean Hamed

  115. Hello Chuck , Just want you to know that Fritz and I pray for your total healing! Our God is Faithful, He will pull you through, If you can stand the pull. That was one of the things one of our pastors used to tell us. I believe it is a true statement. You are a miracle already!! Blessings, Sharon & Fritz

  116. Chuck - I went to the Salvation Army ladies auxiliary meeting yesterday, and got tickets for you and Auburn to join our table on Thursday November 12th at 11:30 AM for the Kettle kick-off at the Akron City Centre Hotel in downtown Akron. Olivia is so pleased that you two will be joining us that day. I am involved with out of town guests until the end of the month, but look forward to resuming our language sessions together in November. Each time I see you, there is more improvement, so I can't wait to see your progress in another few weeks. Give Auburn a hug for me -

  117. Chuck, I have prayed for you so often over the last months. I am thrilled to see that God is at work in your healing and renewed strength. I am glad for your blog so friends spread far and wide can stand near in prayer and support.

    Blessings and continued healing is my prayer for you.

    Jeannette Flynn

  118. Chuck,
    So sorry to hear of your struggles, but we know God is good and He will see you through. Keep working and we'll keep praying.

    Mel & Karen (Thompson) Rhodes, former GBC friends

  119. Wow Chuck, What a ride you have been on. I fell and had a brain injury in 2005. From that experience, I learned that recovery takes time. You, my friend, will have to be patient and let things heal in there. Try not to get too frustrated with the pace of recovery. It goes as fast as it goes. I know that is not very comforting, but it is hopeful, because, be it ever so slow, progress does come. Let me add my prayers to all the others that are with you.
    God Bless,
    Ray Houser

  120. Isa. 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not: I will lead them in the paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them and crooked things straight.

    A few blogs ago it was stated that Chuck had forgiven the attacker. This was a conscious choice to see beyond the veil of tragic personal tribulation.

    What a lesson in grace to realize that forgiveness must be done with the eyes of the heart - new eyes that can only be achieved by being awake and aware in Christ.

    I salute Chuck and Auburn for giving me lessons in steadfastness - lessons in striving to be a witness. "Ye are my witness, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen."

    John 5: 9-10 He that believeth in Christ, hath the witness in himself."


  121. Chuck, we are still in Guatemala - but are so glad to hear and see that you are recovering so well!!!

    Praying for you today!

    Fontaine & Paula Greene

  122. BTW - Chuck I have not played golf without you! The last time I played, was with you in Florida! Let's make a plan to play a round! I will be in Ohio some next year - if you prefer "home course" advantage over the sunshine state! LOL!

  123. Hi Chuck,

    I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well. That is an answer to the prayers of many, so together we thank God for this great report.

    Please let me know when I can come see you or please stop by work.

    Larry Lallo

  124. Chuck,
    I was pleased to read of all your progress in Becky's post on the website. I have been down with the flu, and then deluged with out of town company, so I have missed seeing you.
    I am available for the language lessons again beginning in November, and perhaps you will come and eat a delicious dessert at my house - how does warm chocolate chip banana cake with icecream and fudge topping sound?
    We can take a piece to Auburn! Enjoy the company of your sister and the beauty of the Fall leaves. God Bless you with strength and continued healing.

  125. emily and mark stanekOctober 30, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    We are so thankful that you are out of your coma and doing well. We'll continue to pray for you! God is good..oh so good!
    Emily and Mark Stanek (your tentants in Anderson, IN)

  126. hello Chuck and Auburn. I am Linda Sabori, we met at Edwin Shaw, 10 yr BI survivor, had Encephalitis. I attended a community college in Calif. for Brain Injured Adults, Coastline College, Costa Mesa Calif. they may have an on line program, I lived in Calif. when I "received" my brain injury, I was 53 yrs old. The college was so so good, it helped me tremendously with cognitive, etc. all the skills I lost.. If you and Auburn can check into it would be Coastline College, Costa Mesa, CA Brain Injury Adult program. I am a firm believe in improvement with the brain injury, with help and hard work.. hard work Chuck, but it pays off in a wonderful way. love from a fellow survivor.. Linda Sabori,

  127. Good Sunday Chuck! Where will you be going to church today? I am getting ready to go teach Sunday school and then to watch a University of Akron Zips basketball game. I missed seeing you on Friday, but one day soon we will reschedule our dinner and you and Auburn will come to our house and you will finally get to meet my wonderful husband, Gary.

    Here are some questions for you - Auxiliary Trivia!
    1. Name 3 members of the Ladies Auxiliary whose last names begin with H.

    2. What outfit did you model at the Salvation Army Style show?

    3. Name 5 former Summit County Salvation Army employees who worked with you and have accepted other positions outside the Summit County Area Services.

    4. What Board member of the SA has great season tickets to the Indians games and generously donates some to the Auxiliary for our fundraisers?

    5. Name 6 Akron area businesses that are supportive to the Salvation Army's financial needs.

    I'll be watching for your answers!
    Hugs to Auburn -

  128. Chuck,
    I am so glad you came to the Rotary luncheon a few weeks ago. You look good! We look forward to seeing you soon! Keep the faith!

  129. Chuck,
    Lisa here (Lisa, from Speecha:))Just wanted to let you know how much I am looking forward to working with you in your recovery. You are such a hard worker, and it does take HARD WORK to recover from a TBI. Let's make a deal: if you work really hard in your therapy, I will do the same to be the best that I can be in helping you on the path to recovery! See you soon!
    P.S. Don't forget to write in your book!:) Lisa

  130. Dear Chuck,
    I only met you a short time ago when you became Executive Director at the Barberton Community Foundation. I was immediately impressed by your caring spirit, commitment and determination which are obviously still a huge part of you as you continue to amaze and inspire during your recovery. I feel blessed to have my life touched by yours and hold you in my prayers. I look forward to the continued inspiration you will provide to so many - including me!


    Chris Yuhasz (AMHA)

  131. To chuck and auburn:
    I am very glad that i have had the chance to meet both of you and was able to help you with moving!!! Both of you will always be in my heart and prayers!!! I have been through a major head injury and with lots of hard work and help from the lord above anything is possible!!! Chuck you keep your head up high and keep doing what you are doing and you will come back to the same person that you was before all of this happened!!! Keep your faith iin the lord above and he will bless you in your recovery!!! Auburn i no that i have just meet you, but from the time i have meet you i could tell that you are a very strong woman and a wonderful wife!!! You are the best thing that chuck could have right now with all of you love and support!!! From what i went through my family helped me recover faster than anyone or dr's could. If their is anything that i can ever do for you to help please don't hesatate to call me!!! I pray and wish you both the best!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
    - KERRY -

  132. Hi Chuck,

    Glad to hear you are doing so well and back to work part-time. That is awesome. We are still praying for you.

    Peggy Gray

  133. I will be in the Akron area in 2 weeks and would like to visit you Chuck. Unfortunately the phone number I have has been disconnected. If you can, please let me know how to contact you.
    Thank you,
    Andre Gilbert

  134. Auburn,
    I started here because this is the first site that came up. A note from your fisherman friend Lou that had the pleasure in talking with you on August 10, 2011.
    You have the heart and good thoughts to carry you forward. I hope this reaches you and I will try other sites when time permits.
    Take care and I am sure we will meet again.
    Lou Germano