In November of 2017, Mike Shearer was admitted to the ICU at Methodist Hospital in Omaha with pneumonia and complications from diabetes.
The following evening, Mike suffered a significant stroke and was rushed to Nebraska Medicine where he underwent a risky and life-saving craniectomy.. This procedure involved removing a large section of Mike's skull as well as a significant amount of brain tissue.
In addition to the complications from the stroke, Mike's heart became infected and required damaged heart valves to be removed and replaced with prosthetic ones.
One day after open heart surgery, Mike's body became extremely septic and he nearly lost his life.
Amazingly, Mike weathered all storms.
After receiving acute rehab at Madonna hospital in Lincoln Nebraska, Mike was admitted to QLI for rehabilitation in February of 2018.
QLI capitalized on Mike's passions, values and motivators to create a highly personalized program for Mike and his family.
On May 17th, 2018, Mike finally returned home to be with his wife and three children.
I had the incredible honor of documenting Mike Shearer and his inspirational family for a story for QLI. With Mike's determination combined with the spirit and energy of his wife, Denise, and their children, The Shearers are charting a course for a re-defined life; one with purpose, grace, hope and faith.
I combined my photographs with ambient sound and interviews to create the video imbedded below.