Recently I have been speaking at stroke support groups. It has been an awesome experience. Suffering a stroke is a unique experience and survivors need a forum to discuss their feelings; such as depression; inability to focus; feelings of regression; coping skills; and inspiration. I talked about my experiences and my aphasia and then had an open discussion. The feelings of validation, people shaking their heads in agreement – “You feel like that to?” One person who was doing very well told the group he suddenly felt overwhelmed and confused. The discussion group and I asked several questions resulting in the realization he had too many things going on at the same time and needed to realize he could not multitask. The stress caused the confusion and overwhelming. Stress can initiate a form of regression. Other group members shared a similar experience and how they dealt with it.
Stress can disturb the delicate brain function of a stroke survivor as well as a person with aphasia. We re-enforced this point and all learned a lesson to avoid regression and the possibility of another stroke. Life is divided into “before the stroke” and “after a stroke”. After the stroke you need to let the stresses of the past go and live life as well as you can. “No” is an acceptable and healthy word – use it.
Recently I received a letter from a member of the group, a missionary order sister, she stated “Your talk, your very presence to the stroke support group was a real joy. Your devotion to your work is admirable. God Bless you for the work you are doing” She also sent me a prayer for people who helped other people.
While I was at the New England Book Festival awards ceremony I noticed my book on a Table of Honor. Can you say surprised? After inquiring why I was told my book placed in the London Book Festival. Quote: You cannot belong to the Table of Honor unless you placed in an accredited international competition. Accordingly these books are the best of the best, certified by judges to be worthy of a reader. publishers and libraries.
The London Awards ceremony is January 25,2014 in the Royal British Library. I am so overwhelmed. Never in my dreams did I think my book would be an award-winning book. Mom is my angel watching over me.
I am just back from the New England Book Festival held at the Omni Parker Hotel in Boston. It was a day of meeting new author, discussion groups and panel groups. It was extremely interesting and enlightening. The awards were held in the room President John F. Kennedy announced his presidential run. It gave me chills to be in that room and the history in that room. As we received our awards we were asked to give a speech on what inspired you to write your book. Known as the woman who moves her hand when she speaks, I made the choice to illustrate my aphasia – unexpectedly I received a standing ovation. It was an evening filled with publishing passion, vision, humility. courage and spectacular plans for the future.
During the day I mat Alicia Young author of “Savvy Girl’s Guide to GRACE” she was a wonderful person and wrote a “Charming and lighthearted” book according to Sandra Day O’Connor, US Supreme Court Justice (ret). I am reading it now and totally agree.
Life is full of surprises. Recently I entered three Book Festivals – Southern California Book Festival, New England Book Festivals and the coveted London Book Festival. It is unbelievable but I placed in each Festival. The most exciting news is the London Festival has honored me as an international writer. I will be attending the New England Book Festival Awards ceremony on Saturday at the Omni Parker House to receive my award.