Tuesday, 7 October 2008


The letter this week is L and for me and all my friends in the photos, the letter L = LIFE after a serious illness, we chat on line and chat about anything we like, in chat rooms set up by Tony Bibby and BTG (see links below) for stroke survivors, we have people from all over even the states who call in for a natter, talk call it what you want.

The friendship, encouragement, help, advice, empathy, understanding and care shown is amazing, so a meeting was arranged where some could meet and most for the first time for, and this is a picture record of that meeting in the county of Nottinghamshire UK, and my friends travelled from far and wide within the UK. The cards with the Hi Holly on are for a dear friend who was unable to make it who loves way up in the North East of Scotland and this was our way of having Holly with us.

Most of the survivors have gone throught hours and hours of Surgery and Tony who set up the stroke chat room this every day is having a triple bye pass operation named a Beating Heart Operation, where the heart is kept pumping throughout.

Everyone in the photos helps each to regain their lives back and start to live again a meaningful life, knowing that their is always a friendly person to talk to, not just survivors but carers also that is so important.

The group photo and the one of me with a lady holding a Hi Holly card were not taken by me one was with my camera and the other by a friend

http://www.chatshack.net/antiquarian this is the address of Tony's chat room, which is used every day from early morning to late at night..

http://www.behindthegray.co.uk/welcome/ and this is the address of a very good website that we all use very day. It was members from this website that organised this meeting in Nottinghamshire, so a big thank you goes to all.

Please visit Mrs Nesbitts Place forABC WEDNESDAY

see links below


richies said...

Life and Love, That's why we are here on this planet. Concern for others is what life and love are all about. Sounds like a great group of people helping each other

Rinkly Rimes said...

What a positive attitude! I attend a Stroke Recovery Group here in Australia, but, luckily for me, only as an entertainer. The Group is called New Way, which I think is a great name. The helpers are superb people.

kouji | haiku said...

this is cool. :) must be nice to be surrounded by supportive people who have an idea of what you've been through.

babooshka said...

We have an art therapy group here for stroke victims, all volunteers. eautifully written text, lovely heartwarming images. A most personal interpretation of the letter.

photowannabe said...

This is such an encouraging post for the letter L.
Life is what you make it and I'm glad to see that there is such a wonderful group of supportive people. the very best to all of you.

shutter happy jenn said...

Great pictures! Hello to Holly, too!

My L pictures are posted here and here. Hope you can drop by, too! Thanks!

splummer said...

Wonderful post! Everyone looked to be having a wonderful time! Take Care!!


Bear Naked said...

Looks Like everyone is Living Life to the fullest.
Congratulations to everyone.

Bear((( )))

Lily Hydrangea said...

This is what I love about the internet. Using it this way is how it's meant to be, people helping each other.
Good post for the letter L, Brian!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh Brian..this is a wonderful post for ABC Wednesday. I loved seeing the photos and reading about it. You really have a great attitude toward life....Thank you for commenting on my blog...Michelle..

Rebeckah said...

What a great link! I can't wait to go and look around! My friend had a stroke last week and he is in critical condition still. I am so worried about him. He wasn't discovered for 7 hours.

Jay said...

That's wonderful - support groups are absolutely invaluable at times like these and the internet has opened up a whole new way of doing it.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Hi Brian,

Sorry I'm so late this week.

Your post touched my heart. How important it is to have the love, understanding, and support of friends.

Your gathering looks like a memorable occasion. It's wonderful that you could get together to meet each other.

The internet can be a negative thing in some respects, but when you read a post like this you realize that it can and is often used for a great good.