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Chavez family has a lot to be thankful for

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From left, Julie Stover Chavez, mother; Dominic Chavez; and Robert Chavez, father. (Submitted Photo)

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By Julie Stover Chavez
Special to RDR Sports

Sports Editor’s note: Dominic Chavez was injured during football practice at Goddard High School on July 3, 2019. Dom suffered a spinal cord injury. The family has kept the Roswell Daily Record readers updated on Dominic’s recovery during his rehabilitation. This week we reached out to the family and Julie Stover Chavez, Dominic’s mother, gave RDR Sports an update on Dom’s condition, and the year they have had as a family. Julie Stover Chavez shares what the family is thankful for this holiday season with RDR Sports.

Dominic Chavez, center front, at his graduation with his siblings Gabriel, Maddox and Samantha. (Submitted Photo)

The past year has brought many challenges to our family. We are part of a club no one wants to belong to, but in that club, we have found the most amazing and supportive people that you could ever meet. We have seen people with amazing inner strength overcome crazy obstacles and have been changed for the better by it.

Our work and family dynamics have changed but we are making it work and have become closer than ever as a family. Dom continues in physical therapy with an amazing team at Sentry Physical Therapy, although right now COVID has prevented us from in-person sessions so we are using the home therapy gym we set up for home workouts.

We are seeing his glutes, hamstrings and quads firing, which is new progress. We have seen some voluntary leg extension, although the muscles get fatigued quickly, and we are really excited about it. He is working with an amazing occupational therapist on regaining fine motor skills as well as fine-tuning his current daily living skills.

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COVID again has made a change and we are having these visits through Telehealth. Dom is currently taking a gap year but still plans to attend college. COVID-19 has made life more difficult as it prevents us from seeing friends and family and going places.

I, (Julie Stover Chavez), work in the medical field and work-life has changed greatly as we attempt to navigate this pandemic and take care of an increasing number of very sick patients.

Rob (Chavez) is a teacher and has had to completely revamp his teaching style and adapt to working in a whole new environment with students facing new challenges daily. Our children all remain resilient. Our daughter, Samantha (Chavez) is going to nursing school at New Mexico State University. Our sons, Gabriel (Chavez) and Maddox (Chavez) are working hard at distance learning. Dom now has an adaptive gaming console and he and Gabe and Madd keep each other competitive.

We are blessed to have our extended family nearby and are thankful for all the support they continue to provide, helping us in any way they can. We are glad our nuclear family is together and healthy, even though we won’t be able to see our extended family for the holiday. We are blessed to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving in our own home here in Roswell rather than in an apartment in Colorado. That’s a step in the right direction.

We are thankful for Dr. Rick Pinon who is always ready to assist with anything Dom needs. I am thankful for my work-family at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center who is always there when we need them and always willing to help me when home life gets crazy. We are thankful for and appreciate the continued support of the community of Roswell and our friends. We want to thank everyone for their prayers. You all have helped our family more than you will ever know and have our eternal gratitude.