Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A year ago today I was taken to the hospital because of my stroke. A year later I don't know whether to celebrate or mourn. My life has changed in so many ways and how can you endure something like this and not be changed. I can't begin to express the love I feel for my family and my friends. I started reading some of the cards that arrived as word of my illness got around. The outpouring of love is overwhelming and one constant that gave me the will and fortitude to push forward. The staff at Marion Joy (Wheaton and Oakbrook Terrace) nurtured me in ways that exceed patient/therapist/health care relationships. There are too many who touched me to name them individually but you always have my love and gratitude. My church and choir family have always helped me to see my progress not my limitations. The staff and board of the Downers Grove Library have been there for me in so many ways. And those friends from high school, Summer Place continue to push me to live with these limitations and go beyond them.

So how do I see Year Two? It's a year of possibilities. Social Security finally declared me disabled but I see this a temporary thing. I don't know when I can work again but I see options once all my strength returns. Improv class will provide a new way to express myself, develop talents and forge new relationships. And I treasure relationships that have grown deeper this past year. Dale G and Michael V you know I am talking about you. My two pieces of advice 1. Don't take your health for granted. Do what you need to do to make sure you don't ignore the warning signs. 2. Tell your family and friends you love them. If you let them, they can make a difference in your life. I love you all.

The Mighty Ted

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