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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.  

Please do not make a contribution to CaringBridge "in tribute to Libby" as solicited on this website.  Those donations go to the CaringBridge website, not to Libby!

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, a return to a skilled nursing care and rehab facility, and thankfully, Libby is now BACK HOME again with hubby Lester and round the clock caregivers. She is currently making great strides in her many therapies, including the recent completion of the RAMP program at T.I.R.R. Kirby Glen rehabilitation center. The road to recovery is a long and uneven road, but Libby is working hard and successfully to regain use of her left side and to overcome some cognitive issues. Thank you so much for your interest, support, and concern. Libby is blessed with so many friends, old and new!

Latest Journal Update

Wed. and Thursday, - April Showers

It is hard to believe that it rained AGAIN today.  Libby had a quiet but busy day today.  She ventured out with her caregiver, Latasha, for lunch at Demeris Barbecue - one of Libby's favorite spots.  Afterwards, she did her indoor laps on and off for most of the afternoon.  She is so excited that her son, Les, will be coming for a visit from his home in Telluride, CO this weekend.  Libby and Lester are so excited to see him!

      Yesterday Libby had lunch with Doris and Dianne - pizza at Fuzzy's, a wonderful pizza place nearby.  Libby said she loves their deep dish pizza.  I came for a visit in the afternoon, and we took a nice walk outside.  It was hot, but so pretty because so many flowers are blooming now.  Afterwards Libby practiced her writing.  She is doing very well, but it is exhausting for her because she really has to concentrate.  Libby said she is enjoying taking a break from therapy, but she tries to keep doing some of her therapy "homework".

      We had a nice e-mail from Faye Labanaris, who said she sent 100 of her necktie roses to the Quilt Show in Paducah to sell with 100% of the proceeds going to Libby's medical fund.  The Quilt Show folks, Ricky Tims, Justin Shults, and Alex and John Anderson, will also be selling some of the roses in their booth in Paducah to support Libby.  Thanks to all of you!  If you are going to the Show, we hope that you will purchase a rose and wear it proudly at the event.  If you can round up any unneeded neckties, please send them to Faye at the following address to help replenish her "stash" of ties for making roses:

Faye Labanaris
80 Mt. Vernon St.
Dover, NH 03820

We really appreciate your help with this fundraiser for Libby.

Cathy Arnold


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Carol Moellers
By Carol Moellers
What a wonderful idea Faye!!! This will be my very first time to Paducah and I am getting so excited. We have our group quilt in the show, the Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream Quilt and also the art piece I made for Libby's Medical Fund - "Radiance". Looking forward to seeing the beautiful display of quilts in loving tribute to Libby at the show. It brought tears to my eyes in Houston and I know it will have the same effect when I see it in Paducah. I am meeting 5 out of the 8 from our Amazing Eight group and looking forward to a fun week. I will be thinking of Libby often and I will be sure to stop by the booth to pick up one of Faye's necktie roses and wear it with love and joy in my heart. Sending love and hugs to all!!!!
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Barbara Wenders
By Barbara Wenders
What a generous gift, Faye! Wish I were going to Paduca.
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Janet Grosser
By Janet Grosser
Rain and more rain! Send some out our way would you? Keep up the good work Libby with your writing! I know you will enjoy having Les come for a visit!
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Beth Kennedy
By Beth
Would love to purchase roses online. Can you give us a post?
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Suzanne Shepherd
By Suzanne in Phoenix
Hoping to be in Paducah next Friday and will try to check it out! Enjoy the April showers and the flowers they bring.
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