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  • A letter from John

    Written Apr 3, 2012 7:25am

    Hedda writes:  We are celebrating John's first anniversary of getting out of the hospital. The following is being dictated by him"
    Dear Friends,

    On Sunday night we had a special dinner, celebrating one year of leaving the hospital behind. I feel like I am getting better, but it has been a very difficult year for me. I am workig on walking faster, but I am still limping a bit. We get to my favorite place to walk, Manito Park, a couple of times a week. In addition, we go cross country skiing, although its a major effort for me.
    I am curious about what goes on in the Progress world and would appreciate hearing from the Progress community and other friends as well. We want to move back home this summer.

    Best regards

  • John's first race (from John!)

    Written Feb 20, 2012 3:55pm

    Dear Friends,

    I wanted to let you all know that I am doing well.
    Last Sunday I walked in a 5 km race. I started 15 min. early (per recommendation of the race director)  and finished 1 hr and 15 min. later. From the half way point I walked with a friend, and my wife Hedda also walked.

    I will write more soon.

    Love to you all,
  • A letter from Hedda and John

    Written Dec 24, 2011 4:34pm

    We had a really good trip to California in early October, taking advantage of nice weather with a picnic with friends at Donner Lake. Then a couple of days in the Bay Area, visiting family and Stanford University where John went to school. He had not been there for a long time and it actually put a bounce in his step to walk around the campus and reminisce. Traveling was easier for him than we had anticipated, and we would have liked to just keep going for a while.
    After coming home, there were a lot of medical appointments and testing due to a couple of obscure abdominal complaints and left thumb numbness. All turned out negative except for a mild carpal tunnnel syndrome.
    Cognitively John has seen really good gains, particularly in the area of verbal expression and some short term memory improvement. Writing coherently and legibly is still a big issue. On a physical level he is getting stronger and sleeping less, but seems to have hit a serious plateau otherwise. This was particularly evident when he finally got to be on cross country skis two weeks ago. He expected to just be able to ski away and was hugely shocked when he found out that he has to relearn most everything, that is if the body allows him to do it. There isn't much flat area to be found at Mt. Spokane Nordic, but he is getting well aquainted with what there is. Staying warm enough is another issue when you can only move slowly - and there is no California sun anywhere around here.

    This was a rather difficult experience for John and I think he would love some cheering on from his worldwide fan club.
    But don't think we are complaining - while John has only vague memories of this time last year, mine are still all to vivid, and I keep reminding him how little he could do then and what enormous progress he has made. We are having great fun driving around and checking out everybody's Christmas lights!
    And yes, rumors are true, we were married on November 26th.
    Happy Holidays to everyone!
    Hedda and John

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