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Happy Anniversary

This month is the Third Anniversary of  my book

 ” Finding My Voice With Aphasia”.  

 I want to thank everyone for their support, encouragement, and help in writing this book, especially the wonderful staff

at the York Harbor Inn I could not have written it without them.

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Filed under Aphasia, Encouragement, Human spirit, inspirational, perseverance, Stroke

Aphasia can be caused by a Stroke, TIA, and Brain Injuries. According to researchers over 2 million people in the United States suffer from this disorder and over 100,000 people a day are stricken by this disorder. 

Please take a moment of silence and pray for people have 

Aphasia

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June 14, 2015 · 7:48 pm

A Tribute To Stroke Survivor

He stood 6 feet 6 inches tall  but was a gentle man.  He came from Ireland in the 1940’s  yet he  fought  for the United States during the war. He married and had ten children.  He worked hard, ten to fourteen hours a day to feed his family and  to  put his children through school and college.  Yet, he never complained “No one would listen anyway” he would say.  “You do what you have to do and that’s all  you can do” was his favorite expression. He was married over sixty years to a woman with a heart of gold and the strength to bring up their ten children together. Through the years he worked long hours and he and his wife watched his children grow and marry. Their home was filled with happiness and love.   Suddenly it all came to a stop – the gentle giant had a massive stroke on his left side.  Therapy was extensive and gave him hope.  When another stroke survivor called him, his response was ‘welcome to the club  girl and don’t let it get you down just work hard and never give up.’  As the years passed he became weaker. We lost the gentle, hard working father and friend  this week after a nine-year struggle with his stroke.  He was 93 years old and fought everyday to salvage his body from his stroke.

 ‘ just work hard and never give up.’

   Love you

 

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Filed under Caregiving, Encouragement, Human spirit, inspirational, Medications, Stroke, TIA or mini stroke

Ingnorant Behavior

I attended an event recently. This lovely young lady came to me and we began talking about the day’s events.  I noticed she kept looking over to several young men who were smiling and definitely had an agenda.  Finally she asked me “Why do you use your hand? Are you retarded too?”  My response was ” you are not retarded, you are an  intelligent, and articulate young  lady,”  Her response was she had down syndrome and the young men wanted to know what your problem was and if you were retarded?  “No, we do not use that word and they must be ignorant and drunk.” Using my coping skill I ignored the epitome of ignorance and avoided an upsetting conversation.

Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder which occurs in one out of eight hundred births. Basically it is the 21st gene that has been extra genetic material attached to it which causes physical  and intellectual development (Down Syndrome Association).  Down syndrome  children and parents have made great strides, they are increasingly integrating  into society;mainstream classrooms; working and ordinary activities like everyone participate in during their life.

The courage,  patience, and emotional rollercoaster ride of their parents is beyond believe. It made my stroke/aphasia feel like pebble on the road of life.  Some people forget we are all in this world together and need to accept differences.

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Aphasia Awareness is My Passion

Aphasia Awareness is my passion. “Sharing experiences Knowledge is Power” my radio show on TOGINET [Thursdays @ 11am EST] allows me to connect with millions of people and I am grateful for the opportunity. Aphasia is a very difficult and frustrating condition. Last week I spoke about the symptoms of a stroke, the differences between the right and left side of the brain and diminished abilities after a stroke.  Also I spoke about Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.
Exciting News I am in talks to develop a device to help speaking easier.

Aphasia Awareness

 

 

 

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Filed under Aphasia, Caregiving, Encouragement, inspirational, international writer, perseverance, publishing, Radio show, Reviews, Special Education, Stroke, TOGINET Radio Thursday @ 11 EST

Life has been interesting.  I was entering my doctor’s office for a follow-up appointment in February, as I entered the building I had a CVA (stroke) along with fracturing my left shoulder, two  fractures  in my upper and lower arm and a broken wrist,   The left side of my face was a mess. After 25 days in The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation Center and at home rehabilitation I am doing well.  The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation is wonderful.  Good news is that I am returning to doing presentation.

I am so excited and happy  –  As of Thursday, September 25, I will be hosting a radio show on Toginet, Thursdays at 11am EST.  “Sharing Experiences – Knowledge is Power.”  The show will discuss; stroke prevention, strokes, aphasia, special education, family reactions, what to expect  and coping skills. Also  caregiving and the nocuous effects of stress. Please call in with any questions or comments you any have 1-877-864-4869  I would love to hear from you – our discussion could help others.

My speaking engagements include:  Lowell General Hospital Stroke Support Group Dinner, Lowell, MA  on Thursday Oct.2 at 6pm.   Other speaking engagements are in the works – just working out the dates and time.

“Finding My Voice With Aphasia” is doing well and the reviews have been pretty good.  Thank you.

Have a great day, stay healthy and stay safe!

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September 22, 2014 · 7:04 pm

Reaching Out

I will be giving a presentation at the York Public Library, York Maine on Thursday November 21 at noon and then at the York Stroke Support Group on November 25 @ 10:15 am.  The group meets at the Living Well Center at 127 Long Sands Road in York, Maine.  The topic will be stroke survivor issues and aphasia.  I am excited that I may be able to connect and help others with their disabilities.  My  hope is to inspire them and do not give up.

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October 17, 2013 · 7:35 pm