Lori’s Story

Site created on December 29, 2018

Welcome to Lori's Caring Bridge website.  December 26th, 2018 will forever remain one of the scariest days of our lives. On that day Lori suffered a major hemorrhage stroke.  She was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital where she spent nearly 3 months recovering with intensive therapy.  With her family by her side everyday, and incredible therapists, doctors and nurses she has made great strides and continues to recover.  


Losing the ability to function with your right side and speak is hard.  Very hard.  Being able to understand but not speak or convey your thoughts is heartbreaking to watch and so frustrating for Lori ("being stuck in your own brain as they say").  But, we are continuing to see progress every month.  


Thank you to all of our family, friends and acquaintances for following along in Lori's journey. We love you.



Newest Update

Journal entry by Nicole Mcgonigle

Whoa!!!! It’s been so long since I’ve post. After the fundraiser we did our wonderful family trip to Florida and then the holidays came and went and therapy was in full swing. That has been my Moms life up until the Covid pandemic. That was really tough. Going from 4-5 days per week of intense therapy to nothing was really devastating and quite lonely. We’ve all been faced with challenges these past few months that’s for sure.


For those of you who do not follow our Facebook page which is Ljsurvivor foundation (I post more on there now and I also share videos of her progress and random goofy ones occasionally too 😉) I wanted to just give a little update. Prior to Covid mom was at Marquette university doing an intensive therapy on her arm 3 days per week. She was also in speech therapy there 1-2 times per week. She did OT/PT at Carroll College every Wednesday evening. All of this was canceled but she still does speech therapy vertically thank goodness 🙌🏼. One thing we were SO EXCITED about was mom going to the Shirley Ryan Aphasia clinic in Chicago for a month. It’s the top rated intensive aphasia program in the states and she was accepted from April 20-May 20. This was 5 days per week for 8 hours a day! This was canceled too and also for July already so we are really praying their October session will happen. Speech still remains such a challenge for my sweet mom, but she never stops working on it. 

As the stay at home order has been lifted and we are beginning to venture out a bit mom is really enjoying walking around Fowler lake, walking around Lapham, really walking anywhere. She walks 2-4 miles A DAY!!!!!! And now that their pool is open she loves to swim. She is definitely lonely. With Darren working a lot and me getting back to work after taking off A year with her, well....and Covid it’s been extra hard. So, if anyone would like a walking partner or to hang out in the pool with her she would LOVE the company! And once restaurants open up more she enjoys going out too. 


We hope all of you and your loved ones are healthy and well! Much love and happy summer ❤️

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