I haven’t blogged in a long time–so long that I had forgotten how, and our son had to show me (again).

It’s been a difficult year and a half for both of us.  Joe had a stroke on December 22, 2010 and spent some time in Somerset Medical Center before being transferred to JFK/Johnson Rehab, than to JFK Hartwyck Oak Tree on Oak Tree Road in Edison–a fabulous place with great physical therapy, speech therapy, and a terrific nursing staff.  He didn’t come home until April 2011.  Then he was hospitalized with pneumonia twice in 2011–in September and November.  After his return home last  November, the Veterans Administration provided us with a home care aide three times a week for two hours per visit.

And a good thing, too!  Because my life became terribly complicated during that time, when I was diagnosed with a particularly nasty form of cancer in my liver (more on that later).   Then in February of this year, Joe was hospitalized with pneumonia (again), and wound up at Hartwyck Oak Tree (again) until finally coming home April 28.  We have a VA home care aide once again, which makes life much easier for both of us.

While all this was going on, we have tried to stay as active as possible in the Restore Muhlenberg Coalition, and although we haven’t been able to have regularly monthly meetings as we did in the past, the Coalition is still alive and kicking.

During this whole time, we have been touched by all those who have expressed their concern, those who have reached out to us to offer help, and those who have kept us in their prayers.   We’re very grateful to all of you!