Trusting through the trials…#tackleperthes – Elijah @QBWalters1

Wanted to take a few moments and share some significant words and updates about Elijah:

Most of you know that about 8 weeks ago Elijah was given permission to put up his crutches and wheelchair and he was put on restrictions of walking only. Doc felt fairly confident a few weeks later and gave him the green light to do some light jogging; still no running and jumping. This was news to our ears and hearts. It was beautiful to watch him walk unassisted from help aids….beautiful. He still had and has a Perthes limp when he’s walking, but HE WAS WALKING. When several of his friends had been over they even verbally spoke out and said, “It feels so good to see Elijah walking by himself.” You know how giddy you got to see your kids go from crawling to walking? Yep, that’s the elation we felt even though we knew he had a LONG way to go.

Doc instructed us like always to continue to get monthly x-rays as he was monitoring Elijah’s hip from Baltimore. Last week we took Elijah for his x-ray and Shayne and I both analyzed it to death as we felt that it didn’t look as strong and full as his last x-ray. After days and days of waiting (which felt like months) on Doc’s feedback, he finally confirmed that there was reason for concern, especially due to the nature of Elijah’s recent surgery. He said, “We are in unchartered territory.” He is a bit perplexed because Elijah’s range of motion is stellar and he continues to improve at his PT sessions 3 times a week. In a nutshell, the X-ray doesn’t seem to be matching up with his motion. He did not change Elijah’s weight bearing restrictions, but asked us to bring Elijah to Baltimore as soon as possible. So, we will be joining the 6th grade Tigers for their football playoff game Sunday night to cheer them to victory and then off to Baltimore.

People ask us all the time how Elijah is doing and when this will all be over and when he’ll be back to doing all the activities he loves. Sadly, it isn’t a broken arm, a torn ACL, or some other injury that he’ll just bounce back from; it is life altering. We are 18 months, 18 months, 18 months into this battle and each day feels hijacked by this dreadful, pesky, painful, unpredictable disease. So, I’m not really sure when we’ll be on the other side of it, if ever. Each morning we just cling to the fact that at the end of the day we have a boy whose heart and mind are healthy and surrender to the fact that the Lord is in control.

Our boy desires so desperately to have his body back and has been working hard at PT and being disciplined during our at home stretching sessions. Elijah has the courage to believe that even through these times of limitations and uncertainty that he WILL GROW STRONGER THROUGH IT. Funny how sometimes your kids encourage you more than you encourage them. Please partner with us as we need the strength to keep our heads in the game, patience to withstand the waiting, discernment with our Doctor’s findings, and perseverance to keep #tacklingperthes.

Grateful for each of you who care for us. Your loving kindness sustains us.

More to come on our QB.

All our love,

Tiff & Shayne

Here’s our boy announcing his football team’s game.



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My name is Elijah. I was the starting quarterback for my football team that I have played football on since I was in kindergarten. I play select Baseball and Basketball as well. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and going into the 7th grade. I love Jesus, my family, sports and The Ohio State Buckeyes. I was diagnosed with Legg Calve Perthes Disease in May of 2015 and have been working hard to do what most boys my age do everyday. Run. Jump. Play. I now realize I want my life to be more than just sports. I believe God is using my story to help other find hope, and create opportunities for them to enjoy and embrace the life God has for them.

4 thoughts on “Trusting through the trials…#tackleperthes – Elijah @QBWalters1

  1. I love Elijah to death….Gave him a big hug tonight at practice and told him he needs to talk to his hip like it’s a “flower.” Supposedly, if you talk to a plant, it grows better, with water and sunlight. Maybe it doesn’t work the same, but #1 immediately pretended like he was talking to his hip, encouraging it to heal properly hahaha……I want him healthy so badly, and I know the Walters family deals with this “want” daily. He is such a great kid, his personality is always a bright light to the day for anyone he’s around….At practice, during games, the times when I get to be around him mostly, he is always close by, willing to throw some jokes at me, and I love having him in my life. He’s an amazing young man that continues to fight, and his parents are surely a reason for that trait of never giving up, always fighting through, believing He will give direction and strength to bring this journey to a happy ending. Always here for the Walters, especially our favorite little QB/Punter 😉 Stay strong!


  2. Oh Tiffany, I feel your pain! Every time anything hurts on Matthew – even elbows or shoulders, we worry. That is one thing Perthes parents all have in common – the worry about the uncontrollable and unpredictable. We are at the 3.5 year mark since diagnosis. I wish I could say we feel normal now, but we don’t. And like you said, it is life altering. There is no true “fix” and I’m not sure we (they) will ever be totally free of it. What I do know is that we are both blessed with amazing children with beautiful gifts. They have learned more compassion and this may shape their lives in ways we don’t yet see, but will appreciate later. Elijah has such a great attitude and he’s such a neat kid. I hope the very best for the next appointment. I hope its nothing and the next x-rays look great! Just know you are not alone in the journey and you have a while Team Perthes if you ever need support. Stay strong, we are all in this together! Lori Kennedy


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