This week I had the pleasure of meeting BJ Williams at the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. While preparing for my radio program in November I came across an article written by this organization – it was absolutely fascinating. At times I thought I was reading an article on stroke survivors and people with aphasia. The commonalities we share are amazing. Especially the number of survivors with aphasia. I was interviewed concerning my stroke, recovery and aphasia, where I explained my aphasia coping skill. Mr. Williams is preparing a documentary for March – Brain Injury month. Your prayers and support for those who are recovering from a stroke, aphasia or brain injuries are needed. Just think “But for the grace of God it could happen to you”
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!
I am sitting in my living room watching those beautiful snow flakes fall. What a great time to read a book. “Finding My Voice With Aphasia” would be a good book to read. It is a lesson in courage and perseverance of the human spirit.
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.