Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Escaping the Grim Reaper 21 Years Later


21 Years
7,476 Days
183,960 Hours
10,765,440 Minutes
662,256,000 Seconds

Countless Memories…

 

Twenty-one years ago, I escaped the Grim Reaper. Every year since that fateful day, I have marked July 17 as an “Homage to my Hemorrhage,” celebrating the gift of more time here on earth.

Initially, I felt that time was another foe on the stroke’s side, it ticked so slowly. Brain Injury recovery is measured in minutia. As time passed, however, it changed sides to become my ally. It was now like a time-release antibiotic for recovery.

Each day I awake, I exclaim, ’WOW,’ surprised that I am still here, much as I did 21 years ago when the grim reaper’s scythe failed to claim me. I embrace the day as if it is my last. My life has been shaped by my past. I am grateful to live in the present. I look to the future with hope. I know up-close-and-personal that there are no guarantees in life and that every minute I’m alive is a bonus.   

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Home Health Care - Traveling Angels!


I had the privilege of keynoting the Home Care Alliance (HCA) of Massachusetts Star & Innovators Banquet yesterday. I can’t say enough positive things about this alliance and all the agencies they support.

I want to bring the attention on this alliance and their members that they deserve. They are making a positive difference in helping citizens in their health care and daily lives. Many of these clinicians are mini-traveling-hospitals allowing people to be cared for in the comfort of their own homes.

The banquet attendees are merely a sampling of the clinicians who are often unsung heroes, but are no less exceptional in their services. These beautiful ‘stars’ exemplify compassion and dedication as they positively impact those they serve.

In presenting to this audience, I felt as though I was in a room full of ‘Mother Theresas’! They were warm and welcoming but also so receptive and enthusiastic in responding to my message of integrating humanity into health care. I know the attendees embody all the positive qualities, which I convey, in the care they deliver. It was such an honor to be in the presence of such stars--really angels on earth, and those that support them. I created this slide for my presentation to honor them. Yes, angels are here on earth, quietly traveling from home to home.

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