Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Viv McDonald » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:26 am

Barb, I am sitting here astonished at your strength of character.
To seemingly just brush off the difficulties of life back at home... climbing the stairs, needing to rest each 3 stairs, finally getting to the top and needing half an hour's rest. Look after your Mum, prepare meals etc.

I believe there would be very few people who could manage, and still retain their good humour.

So during my day today I will be inspired to lift my energy and stay on track doing the tasks I know that I must do for my business.

Thanks again for sharing your remarkable story - the insights are very valuable.

All the best to you and Pete,

Warmly,
Viv
Cheers
Viv

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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Barbara Gabogrecan » Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:06 pm

Viv, your experience with your Father-in-law...is he able to write? If he could use an IPad and write a message with his finger, it may help others understand. If he can't write, could someone write a series of messages/words/phrases neatly on card so that he could choose one to hold up to let people know what he wants or is thinking? If the latter would help, I would be happy to print some cards for him.

I actually think I could deal with blindness better than not being able to communicate. I saw a couple at Hydrotherapy last week (I had seen them before when I went before the stroke) and the hubby asked me how I was. I don't usually talk at the pool as I am too busy counting what I have to do. But I stopped and told him what had happened and he said that his wife (who was ther with him) had a massive stroke and could not communicate at all. She couldn't speak, write or read. Though she did understand everything said to her. I was more depressed that day than I was for the whole of my episode - I just could not imagine how terrible that would be.

Let me know if I can be of help.
Barb
Barbara Gabogrecan assists HBB's to market their business online
http://www.HomeBasedBusinessAustralia.org

Barbara is an artist specialising in silk painting; her video is on page one of You Tube http://youtu.be/1ZA9HObN_Go
http://www.SilkPaintingByGabogrecan.com/

Having survived a stroke and a brain tumour, Barbara wrote a book titled 'Thank God I Had a Stroke' to motivate and inspire others suffering from similar afflictions.
http://GabogrecanStrokeRecovery.com/
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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Debbie Sloane » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:50 pm

Hi Barb,
Wow, until I read these blogs I really had no idea of exactly how much you have been through as a family and personally. You truly are a wonderful person (and family) and your strength, courage and determination will inspire many people.

Having had the brain tumor removed, you now have more space to fill with wonderful new brain matter!!

Best wishes to you.
Debbie
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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Barbara Gabogrecan » Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:18 pm

Thanks Debbie. Even I gasp at reading my story in the book I am writing....did I really go through all thet? Is often a thought I have. I like the bit about having more room for brain cells now! Sounds good to me! But it is a bit concerning that I still have excess fluid around the brain and it is actually pushing the bone into a concave shape behind the ear. How on earth can fluid have so much pressure that it can push the bone out of shape, but not be causing me any pain?

The importance of having the support of your loved ones is SO very important for a speedy recovery. It just makes you feel so positive, you just have to get better wuickly!
Cheers
Barb
Barbara Gabogrecan assists HBB's to market their business online
http://www.HomeBasedBusinessAustralia.org

Barbara is an artist specialising in silk painting; her video is on page one of You Tube http://youtu.be/1ZA9HObN_Go
http://www.SilkPaintingByGabogrecan.com/

Having survived a stroke and a brain tumour, Barbara wrote a book titled 'Thank God I Had a Stroke' to motivate and inspire others suffering from similar afflictions.
http://GabogrecanStrokeRecovery.com/
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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Maria Pantalone » Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:14 pm

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for your inspirational posts.

Maria
Maria Pantalone is a speaker, facilitator and communications coach. She works with individuals and businesses specifically in the areas of presentation skills, business writing and communicating effectively with clients and colleagues. Maria's programs are tailor-made for each client. This level of commitment saw her company, Infinite Growth, selected as a finalist in the 2011 Western Sydney Awards in Business Excellence.
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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Barbara Gabogrecan » Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:19 pm

For those who still may be following these posts, an update. I have just had an MRI after 10 months and am delighted to say that my brian looks extremely 'normal' - where the tumour was there is the tiniest mark (scare) that I could hardly see.

And a couple of interesting things happened. The assistant surgeon for my operation checked me out and he wants me to go back to the hospital to be a 'guinea pig' for the doctors who are studying to be Neurology specialists and surgeons. He wants to see if they can pick up that I have been left with the reare condition of 'Alexia without Agraphia' (which simply means that I can write but cannot read). It is extremely rare and most surgeons have only read about it in Text books. Of course I said 'yes' - I will do anything to be of assistance to those who saved my life!

And...my surgeon, Mr Balla (now studying in England) has agreed to write an introduction for me for my book 'Thank God I Had a Stroke' (which has been proofread and now I am doing the corrections - nearly ready for publication!). Monash Hospital is also considering allowing me to have the Launch there. So things are happening.

It is great to see that over 16,000 people have viewed a short video I put together for the beginning of my 'story' http://youtu.be/524aKj6-SWI and to have over 1.5thousand readers of these posts is very exciting...perhaps I am managing to make a difference and inspire others!

Again, thnk you ll for your continued support.
Barb
Barbara Gabogrecan assists HBB's to market their business online
http://www.HomeBasedBusinessAustralia.org

Barbara is an artist specialising in silk painting; her video is on page one of You Tube http://youtu.be/1ZA9HObN_Go
http://www.SilkPaintingByGabogrecan.com/

Having survived a stroke and a brain tumour, Barbara wrote a book titled 'Thank God I Had a Stroke' to motivate and inspire others suffering from similar afflictions.
http://GabogrecanStrokeRecovery.com/
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