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Libby’s Story

Please see the background story below and the subsequent updates under "Journal" for the tragic and amazing story of Libby Lehman's stroke and her ongoing recovery.  The family so appreciates your comments and concern.

If you would like to make a contribution to the "Libby Lehman Medical Fund", you may use paypal.com.  Just set up an account with paypal.com and donate to libby.medfund@gmail.com,  or send a check to her sister, Cathy Arnold, at 2220 Stanmore, Houston, TX 77019 for deposit into a special account at JPMorgan Chase Bank.  

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Libby gave so much to so many people.  She needs your support now.

On April 30, 2013, Libby had a ruptured aneurysm in her doctor's office and she was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Lester had taken her to the doctor's office because she had suffered severe headaches for a few days, starting in Paducah, Kentucky at a quilting conference.   The following day she had a 7 hour surgery to clip the aneurysm.  Several days later she suffered a stroke and vascular spasms and required additional surgery.  Updates on Libby's progress are in the  "Journal" section, including her many months in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, a few weeks at home, and recently a return to a skilled nursing care and rehab facility after a bout with an infection in the hospital. She continues moving on an uneven road to recovery with ongoing care and therapies. Thank you so much for your interest, support, and concern. Libby is blessed with so many friends, old and new!

Latest Journal Update

Saturday, November 24, 2014 - A Beautiful Sunday

Libby started out the day with a visit from Susan Gartner:

      "Great day at Chez Libby.   We went outside for a short walk in the beautiful sunshine.  Libby said she loved the sunshine. It was a good chance to take some photos.  Libby insisted we include some of the beautiful flowers sent by her good friends, Minnie and Ed Cappel - the flowers are gorgeous!   Libby asked me to say "thank you for all your support. I love you guys. Love Libby."  

     Lester had a lunch date with Libby at Olive Garden, and they celebrated Lester's birthday with a margarita.  Libby told me that she "pigged out", and she told me that she has gained 6 pounds in the past few weeks.  Great news!

      Libby was napping when I visited in the late afternoon, after having watched the Texans lose to Cincinnati Bengals.   Despite her team's loss, Libby was in good spirits, and wanted me to give her a "rapid-fire manicure".  I did my best, and I read Libby some recent letters and cards and Caring Bridge messages. She can read them herself, but she likes to hear them aloud.   Libby was very proud of her beautiful flowers from the sweet Cappels.  She was looking forward to supper when I left.  It was a relaxed and happy visit.
   
    I hope everyone has a magical Thanksgiving!
Love,
Cathy Arnold
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John & Dawn Eckrich
By Dawn — last edited
Lester, Les & Libby's Family,

Over the years I've become acquainted with Libby thru classes or lectures at the AQS Show in Paducah. We exchanged greetings in the hallway of the Convention Center just days before she took ill. I've kept up with the ups and downs of her recovery on this site. Your devotion and caring and love are admirable and these are the reason she has come so far today. You all are in inspiration to many, putting your heads together to help Libby, Lester and Les and yourselves make it thru all the twists and turns of her illness. I only wish I would be so lucky to have loved ones like to you help me in my time of need. And I know that Libby, as much as she can, will do the same for each one of you. You are blessed by God in so many ways. Go Team Libby, Go! Love to you all from the Hawkeye State!
Beth Kennedy
By Beth
And a very blessed Thanksgiving to Team Libby!
jodi Scaltreto
By Jodi Scaltreto
Libby looks so good in this picture.
Janet Grosser
By Janet Grosser
Sounds like a really great day. LOVE the picture of Libby and the flowers. I have no doubt that this will be a wonderful Thanksgiving for Team Libby!
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