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 Ric Willmot » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:05 pm

Good luck on your road to recovery, Barbara.
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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Hazel Theocharous » Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:36 am

Barb,

Thumbs up that you are now on the road to a speedy recovery. Our thoughts are always with you.

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

Postby Debra Jarvis » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:08 pm

Hi Barbara

Congratulations on looking forward and reaching out to empower and inspire others!!

Looking forward to seeing what amazing stuff you nurture in this fertile playground! :-)

Enjoy the journey, looking forward to connecting here or elsewhere again soon!!!

Kind regards, Debra
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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Kathie Thomas » Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:05 pm

I had no idea of what you were really going through, although we had conversed by email. What a journey you and Peter have both been through. No matter what we are going through personally, and you know I've had my own trials this year, there is always someone else going through something even more harrowing. And this seems to be the case for you Barb.

So glad that you are recovering, and as a fellow writer, I know how therapeutic writing is and can be.

I pray and hope that your new book will speak to many people and help those who need encouragement and motivation in the years to come.

Remember that I am happy to assist in any way, should the need arise. Although I know you're surrounded by so many capable and willing people. That's a testament to the person you are.
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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Barbara Gabogrecan » Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:45 am

I wonder if you know just how touching I find the comments above. Yes, I have known many of you for some time, but mostly at a business level. I now feel as though I have some real 'friends'; those who will stand by and support me in my darkest hours. Thank you so much.

Another business associate and friend, John Morton, has just made a short video of me telling part of my story. I will send this to any groups that may be thinking of giving me a speaking engagement. I do hope that you may be invlined to suggest my name to some of your associates. You can view the video the video at http://youtu.be/jBfZX2M2WUg If you do visit it, please leave a brief comment as this may increase the ranking and more people may find it and think to have me as a speaker/oresenter.

I love you all
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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.
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Re: Thank God I Had a Stroke by Barbara Gabogrecan 26.9.11

Postby Peter O'Connor » Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:59 am

Hi Barb........guess who?

You are truly amazing and I'm not just saying that because you married me! I know this has been an incredibly trying time for you, but your approach to everything still amazes me. You always see the positives in everything - even having a stroke and undergoing 6 hours of brain surgery. This not only keeps you going full steam ahead, but it empowers those around you (such as me). You still inspire me - you are the strongest, most incredible woman I know and this will all just be another day in the office for you in 6 months time. I love you dearly.

I would also like to sincerely thank all those who have shown such wonderful support to Barb over the last few months. I actually gave up counting the support emails sent to Barb after 400.

Kathy, you are a real gem, as I know what you have personally been going through yourself, yet you still find the time and energy to support friends in need.

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

Postby Barbara Gabogrecan » Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:18 am

What can I say! Let me assure you that the love and support of family and friends makes for a great healing process. And I am fortunate to be surrounded by this love. What distressed me most while in hospital was seeing dear elderly people suffering with no one there to show them love.
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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 Geoff Haw » Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:32 am

Dear Barbara and Peter,
It takes, in my humble opinion, a very strong, reslient and optimistic person to go through all that you have over recent months to come out the other end maintaining that inner strength. There is not a doubt in the world - your true story will be - and probably already has been - an inspiration to many others.

This week I've had major computer dramas from a virus. While it took me off the air for a few days, and caused me some frustration in falling behind in my work, on the bigger scale of things, what a pathetically small inconvenience it was compared to what millions of people are going through every day.

As John Howard famously said, you remind me of Lazarus with a triply bypass - and I speak with some personal experience. In 2008, after lots of major international flights, I picked up blood clots - a sort of thrombosis. I was crook for some weeks, but doctors didn't think that it was anything more than a virus. (My own doctor was overseas for some weeks.)

My dear wife Penny, deeply concerned that there was something more sinister than a virus, eventually raced me off to a medical centre, whereupon I collapsed unconscious onto the floor. I had had a major pulmonary embolism, and according to specialists and others, I had no right to still be alive, such was its size. A week or two in intensive care and hospital, and I bounced back quite quickly, wiser and hugely appreciative of a second chance at life. I hardly ever even mention it these days, although I will never forget coming around, on the floor, surrounded by feet, shoes and socks of people around me!!! Truly a bizarre image...

So Barbara and Peter, let's focus on allowing the best that is yet to come! Thank you for your magnificent message and inspiration.

Love from Geoff (and Penny)

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

Postby Barbara Gabogrecan » Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:30 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your Computer problems Geoff. I think it is quite normal for people to feel frustrated when things go wrong, regardless of how insignificant they appear! It is called 'human nature'.

I think your story tells us all something - we can NEVER be sure when illness will strike us, or how serious it will be. I am not suggesting that we should be prepared for the worst all the time, unless, of course, you are also sure the best will happen (and just like to be prepared for the worst - incase.....).

I am sure that both our stories will send a message to any readers and help them realise that we can overcome life threatening issues and that it is often our minds that help us through the trauma. Thank goodness Penny was prepared to take action - like Peter - I didn't want him to call the ambulance (and he normally does what he is told!!!) but this time he just rang!
Luv
Barb
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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 Viv McDonald » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:00 am

Wow! Thanks for sharing Barb.

My dear father-in-law has suffered several strokes. He has been unable to speak coherently for about 3 years since his last major stroke - which happened after carotid surgery, which was meant to minimise further strokes.

We have never known how he's felt along the way. Always just guessing and wondering. Being 'old school' he really did believe in putting on a brave face, and letting other's know of his feeling wasn't something he could do. And this trying to guess what he's thinking or saying has caused enormous problems between my father-in-law and his wife. He knows exactly what he is saying, and is so frustrated that he can't be understood.

And being the 'man of the house' since he was 13 years old, he cannot really adjust to being dependent on others.

This is so great to get an insight into your experience. I am really looking forward to your other posts and your book - I'm sure it will help us and others.

Thanks again for being so open and sharing.
And best wishes for your continued good health.

Warmly
Viv
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