Monday, February 27, 2012


February 27, 2012

One month ago today, we were shocked and devastated by Elaine’s unforeseen stroke. Today, we witnessed nothing short of a miracle! If we didn’t have video evidence, we might believe that we were dreaming. One month after that terrible day, we are filled with gratitude, faith, admiration, and awe of Elaine – our very own medical marvel.

Please watch this incredible video – only one month after complete left-side paralysis.

We showed Elaine some pictures and videos from a few days after her stroke, and she couldn’t believe her condition immediately following or her progress since then. We remember, all too well.  We also remember the odds that were thrown at us. She has defied them, and she is amazing!!

We were surprised today to learn a sobering statistic: 1 out of 3 people who have strokes similar to Elaine’s actually die. We also found out that it’s very rare to regain functionality in your arm after a stroke. We are so humbled and feel so lucky that, not only is Elaine alive, she is making such remarkable progress. God has certainly giving us a blessing, and we are so appreciative and thankful.

The PET scan of her lungs is scheduled for Wednesday, and we are really looking forward to getting that over with! Elaine had a full day of therapy today – four whole hours with a massage in the middle to loosen up those hardworking muscles. It’s incredible and inspiring to watch her work so hard during all her different therapy sessions, never quitting and so determined to succeed. It is absolutely paying off.! She is learning to master the simple skills that we all take for granted. She even walked backwards today, which is quite remarkable.

Fred is so strong and filling so many different roles. He is so supportive, loving, and the best cheerleader on earth. We are so lucky to have him as our leader. We continue to be amazed by both Fred and Elaine as they have handled this situation in the best possible way. What incredible examples we have been blessed with!

A couple quick notes on Ashley: First clink on the link below to see the profile on Ashley that was on KESQ news in Palm Desert.

Then please check out this incredible auction that Ashley’s crafty friends have put together to benefit her and help with her medical expenses. All items are handmade. It is such a nice tribute to her and no one is more deserving with her fight, attitude, and spirit.

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