My life changed 26 years ago today. Most people when they write that sentence...it usually means a marriage or a birth of a child. In my case, I suffered an AVM rupture and lived! Although completely paralyzed on one side...I learned to crawl...sit up and walk again.
I was lucky to have a loving family and a great support system of friends. I wish to thank them today. I could not have recovered without their help!
Crazy as it may seem...I consider the stroke a blessing. I have met many AVM Survivors via the Internet and they have become dear friends to me.
I have been able to help many physically/mentally challenged passengers on my job. I understand what it is like to stuck in a wheelchair and paralyzed.
18 years to the day after I had my brain bleed ...my father-in-law had a stroke. I held my husband's hand while we said good-bye to his father. Almost 5 years ago I was able to help my husband thru his rare illness because of what happened to me. There are too many reasons to list why I am grateful for the AVM bleed.
The AVM bleed does not define me but it did shape the person that I am today.

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Comment by Ninibeth on August 18, 2014 at 11:48am

Oh oh Barbara, I think I miss it too.. CONGRATULATIONS. Blessings to you :)


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Comment by Louisa on August 18, 2014 at 11:42am

Dear Barbara...I don't know how I missed your Blog on August 3 to say Congratulations.
So a late Congratulations!

One thing I do know is that having you in my life is a true blessing!

XXOO

Comment by Cap263 on August 13, 2014 at 6:27pm

When I think back on my AVM experience, I am not happy and I am not sad. I am not ashamed and I am not proud. This experience was part of the trail to the place I want to me. Shakin' and Bakin'

Comment by maria on August 12, 2014 at 2:58pm
So nice to have read your 26 years recovery. I imagine it encourages so many. Yes, this really changes our lives. I hope I can do a little of the same for others. God Bless you. M

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Comment by Suzy E on August 10, 2014 at 9:26pm

Barbara we love you! So glad you are here with us and lead by example. You are a gem. :) Happy Anniversary!

Comment by Leslye Wilson on August 7, 2014 at 1:22pm

Happy Anniversary, Barbara! I love hearing how your experience has had many positives in your life. I'm very glad to know you. Best wishes! *Hugs*


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Comment by dreyx2000 on August 4, 2014 at 4:23pm

"The AVM bleed does not define me but it did shape the person that I am today." Beautiful quote! I myself identify with that quote! Happy anniversary!

Comment by Ann Ning Learning How on August 4, 2014 at 8:22am

Thank you for sharing these blessings, Barbara. I am beginning to recognize all the good that has come from my bleed but I hope to be able to state it as strongly as you do in the future. :).


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Comment by dancermom on August 3, 2014 at 10:11pm

We are grateful,too, Barbara, as your avm experience brought one terrific lady into our lives. Happy anniversary!


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Comment by Trish on August 3, 2014 at 1:37pm

Mwah Mwah Barbara! We love you!

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