Tuesday, June 5, 2012


I wrote a personal essay for the American Speech and Language Association's newspaper, The Leader. It's my first publication since the stroke.

Here it is:  You Can't Just Wear Socks!

Thank you, Rick and Jena, for your expertise but especially your kindness.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! And great article!!!

  2. That is fantastic! Congratulations. I really enjoyed the article; it is entertaining and informative. I am glad you found therapists who could relate to your life.

    I'm off to the side here with a happy memory. I remember leading kids in a science experiment where we had them run around through a near by field with odd wrecked socks over top of their shoes. We planted the socks to see what grew. (it sounds like a fun summer project for your family - grin)

  3. Grace, What a wonderful article. You've lost none of your ability to express yourself, and your sense of humor and perspective are terrific. Write on!!

  4. Grace,
    I cannot even begin to tell you how proud of you I am.

    From those first few written words to your first published article. I am so blessed to have been a part of your recovery.

    All of the best,

    1. Thank *you*, Jena (one of these days, I'll get the spelling of your name right. Sigh.) Hope to see you soon!

  5. Congratulations, dear Grace! Wonderful article.

    I just spoke to a woman whose husband had a stroke about 10 months ago, and I told her about your blog (lemme know if you want a full-time PR person). I hope she finds it...hi Joan, are you out there?

    Keep on writing!

  6. Congratulations, Grace...it's a lovely article. Please keep writing. - Sarah

  7. Congratulations!! I love your article and feel the exact same way about the parenting. That was the hardest part for me. I was always thinking, "How am I going to take care of my son like this?"

  8. Conversations about everyday concerns sucked me back into my life when I was in rehab. It was a relief to stop thinking about my problems so I could listen to a coworker talk about admitting students to next year's class. Being treated like a peer instead of a patient was such a blessing.

  9. Wonderful article, Grace. I think every parent resonates with the anxiety of not being the parent they thought they'd be, I know I do. We are who we are. I am so proud to know you.

  10. Great article. I love the way you acknowledge your heartbreak about missing normalcy with your kids. I can't help but think of all the things you're giving/teaching them that a "normal" parent doesn't.

  11. Hello Grace-- You don't know me, though we met once when you were visiting your sister at Co-Housing. I am a new member of CoHo and am getting to know your sister, Cindy. She shared this link with me, and I was so moved to read your story, and touched to hear you share your journey, your learning, your vulnerabilities, your strengths. Keep writing! Polly