Traverse City Record-Eagle

Edna Shaffer: Grandma's Kitchen

March 22, 2010

Grandma's Kitchen: Thanks to joy, strength

To all my dear reader-friends, I am sure this is tacky, but my column today is both a food column/thank-you note, so please indulge me.

I can never thank you enough for all of your thoughtful cards, notes and e-mails. They have been my joy and my strength. You and your friendship are the biggest perks of this job, and I really appreciate the Record-Eagle letting you know why I was absent.

I have really missed our visits, and hope you all had a great winter so far. My winter has been a new experience, and has taught me so much.

It's been my lot in life to find

At every turning of the road,

The strong arms of a comrade kind

To help me onward with my load.

And since I have not wealth or gold,

And love alone must make amends,

My constant prayer is while I live,

God make me worthy of my friends.

I loved the note from Jeannette, who asked if I was cruising on the Caribbean. Actually, I was cruising the halls of Munson Medical Rehab Unit. This was after having a stroke Dec. 13.

I cannot say enough good things about the angels of mercy on that unit. Love flows knee-deep there; what they know and practice is that love heals, and I am exhibit A! I'll feel forever indebted to every person on the unit, and the sweet therapists and nurse who came to our home from Munson Home Health Care after my discharge, continuing the great work that was started there.

My wonderful church family has been my strong support as well.

This has been another great learning experience only a brain injury can bring. I know myself much better and have a deeper understanding of others suffering stroke and other brain trauma. My world is different and wonderful, and life is going forward.

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