It's coming in regularly and it's all electronic. The best ones are the wonderful messages from family and his friends, sending their congratulations and promising visits in the near future. They were coming in during the show, even. ("Neil, stop texting and watch yourself on TV!") Somehow, Neil's last name was leaked on an MTV message board (maybe even by Neil, himself) and now his facebook page has been located. He's received several very kind messages of support from complete strangers. What has me concerned, however, are the friendship requests. There are 277 as of the last time he checked--just a couple of hours ago. Who are these people? I'm sure there are some very sincere individuals who were touched by Neil's circumstances and want to reach out to him. But I'm not sure they all have good intentions. So far he hasn't done anything but read the letters. We're still trying to figure out how to help him with the friend requests. How do we sort through them all? He certainly doesn't need the complication of strangers reaching out inappropriately.
I was told yesterday that someone called Kessler begging Neil's personal information so that she could get in touch with him and swap brain injury stories. This prompted a great discussion with some of the staff there about possibly trying to start a support group for young adults in New Jersey. I can tell you there is a definite need for one. We've been searching for months! If some of these people reaching out to Neil are struggling from a TBI like he is, we could have a group all ready for when that support is up and running. Then I'd have to reluctantly say, "keep those cards and letters coming!"