In a few short weeks -- the exact date has not yet been determined -- the family of Landon Hochstetler will be bringing him home.
It will be the first time the Ogema teenager has been outside of a hospital setting since he was struck by a car while inline skating near his family's home on Sept. 13.
To ease his transition back into the community, Landon's family and close friends hosted a special community meeting Sunday night at the Strawberry Lake Mennonite Church.
At that meeting, 50 or so people gathered to learn more about Landon's injury, as well as what they could do to help him in his recovery.
Landon's sister, Shanda, noted that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which resulted in him being in a coma for about a month -- it was "a very long time," she added.
His actual condition is something known as "diffuse axonal shearing," which basically means the injury was spread out to several areas of the brain instead of being focused in one location, Landon's sister Tiffany explained.
What he and his family are focused on now is rehabilitation -- rebuilding the connections in his brain so he can regain control over his arms, legs and other areas of his body.
During a question and answer period that followed the presentation, Shanda Hochstetler became quite emotional when she read aloud the question, "Will he ever be the same?"
It's a difficult one, she explained, because the short answer is, "No."
But as to how much of his former mobility and speaking ability he will eventually regain, "No one knows how much or how little Landon will progress," as his sister Tiffany put it.
"Recovery looks different for everyone," she added. "It's important to focus on what Landon can do and not what he used to be able to do."
Ultimately, while it may seem as though he might progress better in a hospital setting, the family has been told "over and over" that being back in his home environment, among familiar faces, will be "just awesome" for him," Shanda said.
The big thing that his family emphasized at the meeting was that they didn't want anyone to feel afraid of interacting with Landon because they didn't want to say the wrong thing.
"We say dumb things all the time -- so don't be afraid of that," Shanda joked.
But an important thing to remember, Tiffany added, is to "talk to him -- don't talk over him, about him or down to him."
"Landon isn't dumb, he's injured - he's healing," Shanda added. "He's not deaf, so try not to scream at him."
Even if he doesn't respond, that doesn't mean he didn't hear you. He's not able to process information that quickly, so "take your time -- give him time to process," Shanda explained. "That's something which we're all learning, because we're not slow talkers."
The best thing to remember, his family members noted, is "to be an encouraging, positive presence" when interacting with him.
"We have something special in this church, and this community," Tiffany said.
Just knowing that support is there has been a tremendous help, Shanda added.