Monthly Archives: October 2016


Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I posted any real updates on my condition. Way back, I started blogging about my journey through the bleed and subsequent stroke. If you’ve followed me since the beginning, you know that I had to overcome a lot to get to where I am now.

Here is a brief refresher for those who are recent followers and don’t know much about my history. On November 20, 2011, I suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage secondary to a ruptured aneurysm in my brain. I had brain surgery on the 22nd and suffered an ischemic stroke during the surgery.

While in Neuro ICU, I suffered seizures, TTP, and had to be intubated several times. The left side of my body was dead weight for nearly a month, I had to relearn how to speak, and spent almost another month at inpatient rehabilitation at Good Shepherd in Allentown, PA.

By the time I left Good Shepherd, I was walking with a walker. In May 2012, I graduated to a cane. Less than a year later, I was walking on my own (except during bad weather, which I still do).

My speech is near normal, except when I’m overwhelmed or stressed, in which case I tend to stutter. Loud, unexpected noises tend to send me into a bit of a frenzy until I calm down. I recently sang for the first time at a karaoke gig my friend Vivian K-jayed for. The link is on one of my Celebrate the Small Things posts.

I suffered a few seizures since the bleed, but as of last summer, I was cleared to drive again by my neurologist. Finding the courage to do so again is the hard part.

I’ve had two hospitalizations since then, the most recent this past March, secondary to a fall at home. I bought three weeks in the hospital. My medications since 2011 have been cut by nearly half, including the seizure meds. My biggest hurdles to overcome now are the depression and anxiety.

Overall, I’ve come a long way in my recovery. Next on my agenda is to seek permission from my doctors to work a simple part-time job until I can handle more.





Hello, bloggers. It is the first Wednesday of the month and we know what that means, right? Time for the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG.

NinjaInsecure Writers Support Group Badge Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh , my hero and one of my mentors, founded this amazing and wonderful group.

The group’s purpose is to allow writers to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there” can offer wisdom and guidance.

Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it too!

The awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!

I’ve been lax when it comes to posting pertinent stroke info and recovery progress on the blog for months now. With everything going on in life, it’s been difficult to stay true to the purpose of this blog. I’m going to buckle down and get cracking again. This is a passion of mine and I’ve let it go astray.

I heard my followers from months ago when they wanted my input on articles and books I’ve read on stroke, wellness, spirituality, and chronic conditions and pain. It’s now on the top of my to-do list. Once I’m done with the upcoming move, expect to see me deliver.

Any advice or requests on a particular subject are welcome.

Check out my other blog’s IWSG post this month too at lilicasplace.