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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, 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

Monday -Surprise Reunion at U.P. (University Place)

After a few weeks of hesitation, Libby decided it was time for a reunion with all those therapists and caregivers who did so much to bring Libby from total incapacitation to walking out the door and heading home again. Lester called in advance this morning to make sure that the staff would be there, and as soon as we got back from a quick Black Eye Pea lunch, Libby, Lester, and Rayleen were on their way to U.P. (University Place), where Libby spent so many months of rehabilitation. As you can see in the photos, it was a Wonderful reunion and celebration! We are so Very thankful for the loving, professional, and compassionate care of All the staff at U.P. We will never forget the part they played in helping Libby overcome many obstacles on the road to recovery. THANK YOU and God Bless you All!

Lester sent the following email to Team Libby to let them know about the day's reunion,

"Took Libby by University Place this afternoon. Lots of hugs and kisses from therapists and nurses and many cries of "she's a miracle". Everyone was delighted to see her and she really had a good time seeing so many people that got her on the road to her recovery."


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Sarah Ann Smith
By Sarah Ann Smith
Goosebumps and JOY!
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Becky Potts Baker
By Becky Potts Baker
I know all of the staff at UP were overjoyed to see you, Libby! The pictures are wonderful. As we all remember back to the time when you were a patient at UP, the genuine love, care and determination of all of your therapists, nurses and the staff there was evident throughout the posts in this journal. What a day! Just think, I'm sure the staff will tell patients they are treating now about your story and that will be a blessing for so many!
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Barb Morgan
By Barb Morgan
Don't forget her Wonderful family! You show what family should be about!
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Janet Grosser
By Janet Grosser
What a wonderful reunion! I bet it made everyone's day indeed! And Libby's journey is a miracle!!
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Barbara Wenders
By Barbara Wenders
Fantastic!!!!
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margaret williams
By margaret williams
I'm sure it made their day to see Libby doing so well. When I remember some of the difficult days, I see these pictures and know that life is good. Each person is making a difference. Heartfelt thanks all around.
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alex anderson
By With you in Spirit - Alex
She was lucky to have them and they were lucky to have her!
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ricky tims
By Ricky Tims
I celebrate this with the family. I will forever be indebted to all the support Libby was given at UP! Thank you for posting these photos! R
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Linda Carlson
By Linda Carlson
Doctors, tharapists, friends, true love from family and God's Peace and Grace gave Libby the determination to take control of her recovery. Libby, you are still an amazing teacher for so many of us! Carry on and live your best life every day!
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Jill Cotton
By Jill Cotton
What a wonderful and joyous reunion. I just can't imagine all the joy and happiness that filled the hallways of UP. The greatest gift is one knowing they helped and then receiving a wonderful blessing of a hug and a kiss from one that they helped. Bless everyone
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