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Prayers for Roger: Stefani’s Update (8/30)

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Fox 8’s Stefani Schaefer shared an update with her fans Thursday on her husband, Roger’s, condition.

It’s been 18 weeks since Roger fell from scaffolding and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

What follows is Stefani’s entire update that was posted on her Facebook fan page, where she writes about Roger’s journey.

“Quick update on our journey with Roger and his road to recovery. We are now 18 weeks out from his injury – some days it seems like it’s been 18 months…. the days can be so long and the news so agonizing. Roger still doesn’t have any memory back – he doesn’t remember things from his childhood, teen years, work history, time with me or our children. All of that has been erased – I pray this is just a temporary loss. I was recently told that sometimes, it can be like a light switch and one day, those memories could come back. It might be weeks, months or years. I pray to God that Roger’s light switch turns back on…. we need him back. He also doesn’t have short term memory either, so he hasn’t been able to make new memories yet. I pray that will get better with time and healing. This past weekend, we were able to bring Roger home from the hospital again for a few hours. Saturday was Race’s 12th Birthday – and the best gift in the world was having Roger home for a few hours. Roger was surrounded by all his family and two of his best friends – it was the first time seeing his friends since his accident. It was such a special day for all of us. Roger still didn’t seem to remember our home – but again, he felt relaxed and comfortable there. I could tell he remembered his friends… but didn’t have any actual memories of their adventures together. Taking him back to the hospital is so hard – but I remind myself how blessed we are that we still have him with us. I look back at those first few weeks when things were changing by the minute – he was so critical. I would sit all day by his side and watch those monitor numbers rise and fall…. my heart pounding and praying that those numbers would stabilize and that one day he would wake up. Now he is out of coma and we are able to bring him home – even if it is for a few hours – that is such a blessing and miracle to me. We are still very much in the thick of the forest… but I pray that with each day, we’ll be able to see the light more and more…. and will one day be led out of the forest and into the field…. I pray for that day …. I so want that day to come as quickly as possible. I have hope and faith in God that it will! Thank you for all your support and uplifting messages…. you all help keep me going EVERY day…. I can’t thank you enough.”

*For more information and updates on Roger’s accident and recovery, click HERE.