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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Some good friends know about our struggles and have come alongside to help in numerous ways. Last week I got an e-mail about Reagan. Our friend knew he has this little camera and likes to make movies with it, but Reagan’s real camera and editing software is back in the house in Colorado.

When Reagan began having vestibular problems, vertigo and dizziness, his eyes would shift—go to one corner and then reset like a computer screen. His brain was not functioning correctly and it was difficult for him to get to sleep at night. The doctors we saw never asked about our mold exposure. One suggested Reagan needed counseling and another said we simply need to show “tough love” and make him go to school. I have a hard time thinking about those doctors and what might have happened had we followed their advice.

Reagan was athletic, outgoing, full of life. But after the mold outbreak he would stay in his bed, debilitated. His head would spin so much he couldn’t read or even walk. We gave him strong medicine to keep him from vomiting all night. Andrea held him and sang to him until he gave up and went to sleep. What he endured in those months is unimaginable. Those who have had vertigo before know what it's like. His was constant, 24/7. Something the doctors said was not possible.

As time went on, he was able to sit up. He could concentrate enough to use a flip video, a small, rudimentary camera that you can edit easily. When he got that, he sparked again. Some of the original video of him unable to walk is still on that camera and we hope one day to get it back. When we left the house, we left it behind.

Reagan has made a lot of progress in the past few months. We finally broke down and bought a cheap camera a couple of months ago and for his birthday he wanted a tripod. Then enter this friend with the video editing software. I don’t think he knew what he was giving to my son when he did that.

I found Reagan at the computer editing some music.

"How's that video software working?" I said.

"I didn't download it."

"Why not?"

"Because then he'd be charged for it."

"That's the point," I said. "He bought it for you. You're supposed to download it."

A big smile. "Oh."

Since then it has been almost impossible to detach his fingers from Andrea's laptop. Last night I watched his first big production. It was titled “Giant Trouble: The Remake” and starred Kaitlyn as the giant who destroys things by stepping on them. Most of it is shot from the floor looking up at the giant, Kaitlyn.

Colin plays a troubled scientist who is searching for a serum to shrink her. While she is smashing cities (paper cutouts), Colin is working on chemicals in the bathroom. He puts water, soap, contact solution, and toothpaste into a glass cup and stirs it with a toothbrush. (We had a talk about whose toothbrush he used.)


In the end, the giant shrinks and she and Colin go off, arm in arm, smiling.

There was music, end credits, the whole thing. It’s wonderful to see his creativity flourish and to see the excitement of his siblings as he says, “Want to make a movie?”

It feels like we're turning a corner.

With the help of some friends, of course.

CLick below to see the trailer for Giant Trouble: The Remake.


Sherry said...

Oh, I love you guys. We've got some movie makers here, too. Cheers~

Amber said...

God is good.

Inglesidemom said...

Hi! Can you give us the name of the video software? We have a daughter who is interested in this type of thing and I am lost.

Jen in Ohio

Stacy said...

tacWonderful Reagan!

David S. said...

Wow. Lord willing, Reagan will join the new and upcoming Christian film-makers of the caliber like the Kendrick brothers.

I think you better start saving up the money now for a pro DV camera and mike setup. ;)

Hey maybe snag 'Flywheel, Director's Cut' and watch the behind the scenes of how the Kendrick brothers made it on so little budget.

Cheers and pass along congrats from me.

Rose Fabry said...

Uncle Chris! This is your long-lost niece Rose=) i tried to find your email address on here but i cant and i didnt take the time to ask my dad. Just wanted to let you know im praying for you guys and ive been reading your blogs. im glad to hear Reagan is feeling better and i hope all of you are hanging in there. tell everyone hello for me and i hope i get to see all of you sometime soon.

love always,
Rose Fabry

Chris Fabry said...

Great to hear from you, my long-lost neice! Here's my email address: Thanks for your prayers and come see us at the Cactus Compound.

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