Gratitude is a way of life...especially since my diagnosis. I thought I was always grateful...but some how things are different now. I don't take anything for granted. It often hits me when I'm doing something "normal". I think ,"Wow, I actually GET to walk over gravel or sand...AMAZING!" I tear up on a nearly daily basis when I get the opportunity to do something that seems so given to everyone else. I know how lucky I am! Not only do I get to live, I get to live in gratitude. :) This past thanksgiving we got to celebrate with John's side of the family. Rebecca and Tom were a huge help to us while I was in the hospital, and traveling back to Phoenix for a celebration of thanksgiving was surreal. Last time we were driving into the desert was in preparation for my surgery, and now almost a year later we're back to celebrate all of the blessings in our lives. My heart is filled with happiness...and gratitude! Thank you to all the wonderful people that have touched our lives...we appreciate all the love and kindness that has come our way more than I can express in words!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.