My goodness! Time flies when you are having fun! Two months flown by since my last blog posting.
A lot has happened since I’ve last been in touch. Firstly, I acknowledged my sixth ReBirthday on July 31st. This marks the date of the car crash that killed my husband and caused my traumatic brain injury. I’ve come to consider it as my second chance at life. It’s hard to believe that the world has been without Rich for more than six years now.
I spent the sixth ReBirthday with my friend Alvin in California. This was an amusing memory: because I struggled with the 3-hour time difference, I told Alvin that I’d benefit from a quick pre-dinner nap. The time was 9p west coast, which was midnight on my coast. He allowed me to nap and got ready for our dinner at Sir Winston’s aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Alvin returned wearing a suit, and was unable to wake me an hour later. He tried again and even presented me with slice of a ReBirthday cake. He told me the next day that I blew out a candle, yet I have no recollection of this at all. We also enjoyed a long overdue reunion with my west coast relatives. The last time I saw them was at my wedding seven years earlier.
September can be an emotional month, as my seventh wedding anniversary will be on 22nd. I try to keep busy, and this year is chock full of activity! First, I was the guest speaker at the Unity of New York Sunday Service on September 7th. See the Talks page for And A Happy ReBirthday To You. I was also welcomed back to Helen Hayes Hospital as a former patient to do a special reading of Me Now – Who Next? I extend an enormous thank you to my prayer partner Britt Hall for his support on these events. Our prayer partnership was featured in the current issue of Daily Word, and my article is titled Pray Saved My Life.
August began my term as the Chairperson of the New York City chapter and as a board member of the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS). Our next NYC chapter meeting is this Saturday, September 20th.