Journal entry by Ellen Susman

Well, Harry says it is my turn to post, so here goes. We have had a terrific two days watching Steve interact with his music therapist. To me she sounds just like Franci Neely, who was one of the first SG associates and is a dear friend. Many of you don’t know that Steve plays piano by ear, can hum any song he hears and has phenomenal recall for Broadway tunes and opera . He never remembers the words, but can play and hum with the best. In fact I fondly recall Steve and Lee entertaining at the firm holiday parties when the firm was a lot smaller. Between them, they had it covered. Anyway, Steve astounded us today and actually read words from some flash cards. He read chair and pain, which means synapses are snapping. Yesterday he could identify an object as yellow, and when he played the tambourine, he ended by putting it on his head like a crown— a typical Steve move which embodies both his sense of humor and the fact that he is always in touch with his inner child. Although he thinks he is 53 and that his brother Tommy is older than he, we are making great strides. As we actually see his progress, it encourages me, Stacy Harry, Whitney, Amanda and all the family.
Keep up the good thoughts and prayers. They are working!

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