Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A note of hope

I received the following in an email, with the request to post it on the blog. It is well worth the read. -Steve

This is Jan's singing teacher writing. I have been following the blog entries. I haven't entered my own comments until now as I have sent emails to Steve and to Jan feeling I could better express my feelings in that way.

At this time, I would like to pass on something most hopeful to the Jan fans: I have spoken with a number of people about Jan's condition over the past 2 weeks. When I hear the words "speech centre killed in brain aneurysm," my heart breaks for complete strangers, let alone someone I know and care about.

In this past 5 days I have heard a similar story from 3 of my friends who know of someone who has survived Jan's type of haemorrhage. These individuals were all given poor prognoses with the fear that they would never speak nor walk again.

Guess what? - Not only did these 3 individuals survive, they all walked, they all regained their speech and they all resumed normal lives, - driving cars, working etc. after a period of time and rehab. One gentleman took up singing again after not having sung for several years before his stroke! WHY? - patience and abiding in the slow, deliberate processes of nature. Some miracles are just plain slow burners and nature is never embarrassed by tardiness.

There is an expression in Italian that became a musical directive: "Piano, piano, poco a poco." -- Quietly, quietly, little by little. That is nature's tempo.

Keep the faith, keep peaceful and continue to love Jan. She is worth every little natural breath you take as you pray for her.


Julia_A said...

Thank you so much for these encouraging words. I have every hope that Jan will be restored to full health - including her voice. When I saw her I believe that she looked so much like she wanted to speak but can't find the functions needed. Day by day she is recovering so quickly!


FC said...

Thank you for the uplifting words. One day Jan will read these blogs in a loud voice and feel happy to have such friends (and of course, such singing teachers)


Iconoclast said...


I feel like I know you even though we've never met. Jan was constantly quoting "Carol, my singing teacher says..." You have stretched her skills and I believe you will again.

Hey Jan...speaking of music, it was such a treat playing my guitar for you and singing some old fave's. Were you singing along on the inside? How was my phrasing? Perhaps Carol could help me! LOL!

I reminded you on my visit of the call on your life and it taking the form of "Exorare" the latin for soaring above usual bounds! Well, even in your UNusual bounds I belive that God is working in you to strengthen your eagle wings.

You are an inpsiration my friend.

Blessings on you.


"but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31

sharon said...

I remember driving Jan to one of her singing lessons after her eye surgery and Carol is a great voice teacher.

Today when I visited Jan, I showed her my piano book which I play & told her how much well she played. She curiously looked at the book & the songs I told her I was playing (at home) & she smiled.

I sang for her Amazing Grace & another church hymn Immaculate Mary, she listened & smiled. I am not as good singer as Jan as I told her. She appeared to be listening to me & seemed to have a peaceful look on her face. As I was singing she made signs with her hands (not sure what it meant though). I interpreted she wanted to talk or that I was talking too much (!?!) But it was good to she her being responsive & curious. ( she looked at the cover of my prayer book & music book)

I held her hand & prayed for her & told her my memories of her. She smiled.

Jan I miss you & know God will help you heal in time.

I enjoyed our visit & I will see you soon!