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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 - Field Trip to See Abbi's Art Exhibit

Meeting at the Lehman house this morning, Bill and I, his sister Ann, Libby, and Rayleen enjoyed a quick visit with Lester and then we were off to see the undergraduate Art Exhibition at Rice Media Center. Our main objectives were to enjoy a "field trip", to view the photography of Abbi Gutierrez- Ellen and Bill's granddaughter, and of course, to share a nice lunch. Libby looked especially pretty in purple and was still smiling about her "performance" via face-time at the Paducah quilt show when we arrived, and she had been enjoying a visit with Ann. After a short visit with Lester we piled into our SUV and picked up Abbi at her Rice University college dorm on our way to the Media Center.  Longtime and devoted family friend Susan Gartner met us at the Rice Media Center.

Inside the Center were all sorts of art exhibits, including Abbi's which had been chosen by the professor of her "Visualizing Nature" photography course. Abbi's exhibit was entitled "Meditations" which included a series of black and white photographs of the Houston Japanese gardens printed on a long sheet of paper 7.25" x 96", folded gently between photos like an accordion. Libby was proud to point out the "yin and yang" of Abbi's photos, such as the one of two turtles circling in opposite directions, likewise two fish, and even the two halves of a large maple shaped leaf. Ever the artist and critic, Libby announced she would give Abbi "first place" if it were a quilt show, and I'm sure that she was not prejudiced in favor of her great niece at all, right?

Afterwards we all enjoyed some delicious barbeque at Goode's restaurant. Libby was in great form, laughing and joking with us, but totally serious when she was critiquing the artwork. It was wonderful to see her enjoying herself in every way, and we had fun sharing the outing with friends and family, especially Ann and Abbi. As the second anniversary of Libby's stroke draws near we are all feeling overwhelmed with Thanksgiving to God for the miracle of Libby's recovery!

In humble appreciation, Ellen

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Rita Loyd
By Rita Loyd
Libby is recovering by the grace of God and the love of her family and friends. Your love and understanding of her and weathering all the storms together has made all the difference in the world! Love is a powerful tool!
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Su Scott
By Su Scott
Out and about. What a wonderful chance to see Abbi's work! Enjoy every Field Trip...and lunch to boot! hugs su '-}
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Deb Tilton
By Deb Tilton
It appears that Abbi is from a long line of artistic people!!! What a fun field trip!!
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Shirley Ginn
By Shirley Ginn
Love that Rayleen was also sporting the purple today to match her charge, Libby!
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Barbara Wenders
By Barbara Wenders
So good to hear that Libby is so active and engaged in her field trips, lunches and friendships. Good for all of U who are helping Libby and to Libby for her tenacity.
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Janet Grosser
By Janet Grosser
What a fun day! The artistic gene just runs right through the Anthony family and on and on! How great. And I know Abbi was thrilled to have her Aunt Libby see her work.
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Mary Helen Simonson
By Mary Helen in OR
The whole quilting world is so very blessed by Libby's wonderful progress. Thank you, Libby, for all the hard work you are doing to stay well and continue your recovery. I believe that you are still teaching each of us "How to Live After .....". Each of us has some sort of "After" that we have to overcome and you, Libby, lead us all.
Glad you can enjoy outings and HOORAY for the visit to Paducah. It was WONDERFUL!
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Mary Helen Simonson
By Mary Helen in OR
The whole quilting world is so very blessed by Libby's wonderful progress. Thank you, Libby, for all the hard work you are doing to stay well and continue your recovery. I believe that you are still teaching each of us "How to Live After .....". Each of us has some sort of "After" that we have to overcome and you, Libby, lead us all.
Glad you can enjoy outings and HOORAY for the visit to Paducah. It was WONDERFUL!
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Beth Kennedy
By Beth
Libby, You look SO GOOD! Your facetime performance last night was killer! What a way to celebrate - you are truly a rock star!
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