Welcome to our blog! I originally started this blog in November 2010 just prior to having a major brain surgery to remove a large bleeding cavernous angioma from a deep part of my brain. You can best understand the gravity of our experience by reading the first several entries.(Nov 2010-Dec 2010) I wrote the first one and my sweet, adoring husband, John, wrote the next several (while I was too sick to do much of anything) that documented surgery, immediate recovery, and our reaction to the surgery complication (stroke)that was revealed 2 days after surgery. This recovery process has been difficult but we are making it. We appreciate all the kind words of encouragement we have received and we would like to thank everyone that has participated in helping us along this difficult journey. Also, if you have any questions about my personal experience, please leave them as a comment or contact me directly at thankfulforeveryday@yahoo.com and I will respond although I am not a doctor and this is not a replacement for medical care or advise. Please ask a real professional, or probably several. :) I hope to be able to help at least one person along the challenging road of brain surgery and recovery.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Celebrating my brother's accomplishment

My brother is a really great guy. He's sweet, compassionate, considerate, and simply "good people". He is a super talented artist too. He has been working on his baby...a comic book for as long as I can remember....well maybe that's not a good analogy...since I do have brain damage but my long term memory is perfect. :) My brother, Christopher, really has been working on his comic book for years and he just got it printed /published and available for sale today. I am so happy for him, to see him really coming into himself, following his passion and dream in life to have a career in art. Here's the link to check it out:

Maybe I can talk him into creating a character that has a brain injury and a "super power" to over come all the deficits from the brain injury. I guess "super heros" probably wouldn't get brain injuries though, so maybe that's a bad idea but, sometimes I wish I had that exact "super power"!!!
As far as an update on my condition, I'm feeling the best I have felt in the last two years. I noticed a dramatic improvement this past week, and we are obviously very happy about that. My vision in particular, is MUCH better! My eye doctor, Dr. Garbus, even said that he thinks I'm clear visually to drive again. I'm not cognitively prepared to drive, but my vision is getting so much better! :) I'm not done yet...but we're still moving in the right direction and that feels good. 


  1. Wow, Elizabeth! You gotta be very, very proud of your talented artist brother. :)
    And you, dear lady ought to be very proud of yourself for ALL your accomplishments you continue to make throughout your recovery! Congrats on your recent Rehab Graduation - way to go! :) I know it's an ongoing battle and certainly not easy.
    Keep up the hard work,
    PattiG :)

  2. Patti, We are thrilled with my progress so far, and as always thank you!! I know you understand how hard this is, you've been down this path many times before...you're a survivior in every sense of the word and a real inspiration!! And yes, I am so happy for my brother...to finally get to the end of something he's worked so hard on.:)

  3. awww! thanks for the support. I really appreciate it and am so glad to hear about your progress. You are a super hero in your own right! :-D


  4. Congrats to both YOU and your brother, Elizabeth! So glad you're feeling great. Maybe your brother and you could collaborate on a character who uses their brain injury as a super power?? Or maybe as the result of a brain injury, another sense has been heightened? Who knows :P great news!

  5. Chrisopher,
    Thanks, and I'm thrilled to show my support. I'm so proud of your accomplishment. I can hardly wait till my copy arrives! :)

    As always thanks! I think the sense thing is right on...my hearing is crazy intense now. John always jokes about my "super-sonic" hearing. It's actually really annoying though, I have to sleep with ear plugs and a fan to drown out any noises....everything wakes me up. ;)