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Gary W. D.


On November 10, 2001, my husband's life and my life were changed forever. He had a massive brain hemorrhage and was not expected to live. If he did live, they were predicting a not very good quality of life. My husband, Gary, proved them all wrong! After coming out of his five week coma and extensive rehab, even though he was robbed of most of his speech and his right side movements, he has been able to enjoy the blessings of his life. For about eight years, he has been an active member of the Aphasia Center of West Texas. With this support group, he has regained his confidence and enjoys conversation groups, audio book club, art classes, gardening, cooking field trips and a lot more. He enjoys going to church and Sunday school. At home, he enjoys cooking on his grill outside and some gardening. We have been blessed with wonderful family and friends. His kids have taken him to a Dallas football game twice now. He has also gone to El Paso for some horse racing, even though that is not his favorite thing to do. This last year, we went to Stroke Camp at Merkel, Texas. This was the first year for one held in Texas. We took our eight-year-old granddaughter and we all had so much fun, we did not want to leave! We are looking forward to going again this year. This past November, Gary had another close call with death. He went into septic shock and had to have emergency gallbladder surgery. He just got home after a two month stay in three different hospitals. He is again trying to get back to where he was before this last episode. Gary is a fighter and doesn't give up. He is a Vietnam veteran and is the bravest, strongest guy I know! He enjoys being part of a community of loving friends and family. He definitely has a zest for life.


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