You are constantly in my thoughts. I hope you are healing and I'm so glad that you are surrounded by love and support. Thank you for being such an inspiration and for being my shero. You are the strongest woman I know!
I'm attaching a picture of the family (I had a baby in May, his name is Sammy).
Yours in sisterhood,
Thank you and lots of hugs
I am here with a very dear friend I’ve known for at least 30 years- when she first moved to CA- long time.
I’ll be here for the whole day; hearing her laughter - the best in the world.
Last week I flew from Kansas to Burbank to spend time with our dear friend Marilyn at the Canyon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Marilyn laughed out loud when I first poked my head around the door to her room! We spent about 8 hours a day together for 3 days. I went to therapy with her, had good visits with Chris about her condition and her future. Although she can't talk, she has her own special way of communicating - I could tell when she wanted me to introduce myself to her helpers at the Center, make the wheel chair go faster, and to shut up when I was talking to her therapist and she wanted his attention on her therapy tasks! Other times, I couldn't tell what she was trying to communicate and she would get very frustrated. Sometimes she was 100% Marilyn; other times, she just wasn't there. Her condition: she still has a feeding tube; she has no movement on her right side (her face is OK - and, wow, is she expressive!); she is learning to get into her wheel chair and to push it with one foot in a way that doesn't make it go around in circles; she seems to be able to read a bit but I think there may be some aphasia. Chris said she has lost a lot of brain cells and they don't know if / when they'll regenerate (my layperson's language). For example, I would introduce myself as a friend of Marilyn's of 40 years. She looked at me like - no, it can't be 40 years! And we worked it out, with her nodding or shaking her head. Yep, 40 years. But she didn't seem to remember our traveling to China or Uganda. I flew back to Kansas very sad and humbled.
I sat with Nancy Rock at the David Chiu briefing yesterday. Yours ears must have been burning.
I gave her your information. As always- I am "walking with you" and sending positive healing thoughts.
Thank you Cris and Lee for keeping us updated. Love Jane
I would like to say how deeply grateful I am to all of those locally, statewide and worldwide who have given their time, support, encouragement, generosity, thoughts and prayers to Marilyn Fowler. Mom needs every ounce of strength and hope we can share in order to win one of her toughest fights yet, but as all who know her know, she will continue to battle with all the toughness and guile she has drawn upon time and time again.
Thanks again to all,
Peace and Love,