October 26, 2023

Applause!! Applause!! (Ah, pshaw)

          Ken, me, and Stephanie at The Outpost after my six-year journey of healing and writing the book. It was quite a celebration to finally give them printed copies.

    On page 134, in the "Acknowledgements" of My Stroke in the Fast Lane: A Journey to Recovery, I give a shout-out to Ken Marsolais and Nancy Vick, co-producers of the documentary film, 'The Bullish Farmer," the last project I was working on before the stroke. 
    About a year after "the incident" (doctors' parlay for what happened to me), Ken and I met for lunch at The Outpost in Bedford, New York. I was still on the weak side, self-conscious about my aphasia and slow speech.
    In the book, I write:
    "... Ken was one of the people who encouraged me with the project and put me in touch with his friend Stephanie Susnjara, writer/editor/content strategist.
    "Do you want me to call her right now?" Ken asked.
    It was serendipitous that Stephanie was available to come down. We clicked immediately. It was she who was key to helping me organize my thoughts when I still wasn't able. I put down about ten key events I wanted to cover in the book, and Stephanie interviewed me one by one. We spoke at hour intervals once or twice a week. It was like I was in a trance ... so exhausting.
    The transcriptions of these interviews were a solid beginning to "My Stroke in the Fast Lane."

Ken (being such a gentleman!) brought us both bouquets of flowers

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