Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Dear Jan:

Last week was a mix of welcomed changes and some of the old stuff. You began the alternative treatment and almost at the same time you began experiencing some pain. We were told this is supposed to be part of the healing process, those connecting neuropaths in your body are reacting as they come together.

Yesterday morning, you picked up the phone and went on to have a perfect conversation with no hesitation or words missing. It was no more than 4 or 5 minutes, but at the end of the call you came to where I was shaving, looked at me wide-eyed and said: "what did just happen?", you knew that something was different, that you had talked just as you did a year ago.

When you tried to explain you feelings about this, you began hesitating again and the aphasia showed its face again. For a few minutes you had a wonderful awakening of your speech function, and it felt so good that you could not stop laughing for a while.

Later that day we told the doctor what had happened and he shared in the enthusiasm. He said, he was expecting these awakenings to start happening but not this soon. So he was pleased.

But as the light has to share the day with the darkness, your day ended in a bit of pain and extreme fatigue. It is as if your energy bucket would just last you for a few hours and then, suddenly your body just shuts down. Before the aneurysm, you lived fast; what you have to face today is a universe apart, but you have been patient and continue walking by faith. For you it is not a matter of if, but of when you will be able to go through a day just like before: full of energy and joy.

Just like the eagle you are, one day you will soar again. Today, your brief awakening calls for a celebration.



Ret said...

Praise the Lord! It's exciting to see prayers being answered. Lately I've been fascinated by the world of neuroscinece and it's been very interesting to see what's happening in your life. May God keep up the good work as He keeps sutting the pieces of this puzzle back together again.

sharon said...

Dear Jan,

That is exciting -and yet another miracle & blessing to hear about your awakening of speech back to normal where it was a year ago. I do miss the talking to like I did a year ago, but I also love the progress that you have made- you will and always will have a beautiful soul & I am thankful for your friendship. I,m sure the memory of your perfect conversation will last a lifetime. I pray for more frequency & continued miracles. You are incredible- keep up your faith. I look forward to seeing you soon my sister in christ.

Love always
Sharon desouza