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Last week, one of our Music Speaks authors, Ann Cathey, went to the ER with a severe headache. The diagnosis couldn't have been more unexpected; she'd suffered two strokes. She's at home now and slowly improving, and while the outcome could have ...
Last week, one of our Music Speaks authors, Ann Cathey, went to the ER with a severe headache. The diagnosis couldn't have been more unexpected; she'd suffered two strokes. She's at home now and slowly improving, and while the outcome could have been worse, it's far from good. She posted this message yesterday:

"So that all my family, friends, artist buddies, bibliophiles, foodies, etc know the score, I've had a series of strokes and been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I have lost some vision (weird effects!), occasionally talk like I'm demented (not regular English), ad totally ignore people who are speaking to me because I can hear the voice, but I get nothing from it. Reading is a struggle, but I am persevering. While I cannot effectively write with any speed, I am relearning how to type by force of will. The headaches are a pain (har, har) but are controllable so far. I have no idea how long this may or may not last.

While what has happened is terrible, it is nowhere near as physically debilitating as it could be. I have full control of my body and functions from the chin down - a blessing of tremendous proportions. I remind myself of how much worse it could be, and what other stroke victims I know have gone through. (Matt Hill, you are an inspiration!)

Please forgive any typos or gaps in this post. It's taken me more than an hour to compose."

For a talented writer and artist and a lover of books to be dealing with these particular problems is doubly difficult. In addition to being unable to express herself or to engage in some of the more important pieces of her life, she's also currently unable to work.

And that's what this post is really all about. I'm asking for your help. Donate if you can afford to; if you're broke, at least spread the word. Help me give back to someone who believes in giving to others.

Thanks. -LB
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