It has been almost ten months now since I shared one part of my story.
I'm happy to inform you that my legs continue to improve. I'm learning to walk stairs now and have managed some. This was a big accomplishment for me recently when I was invited to a party at someone's house and had to climb stairs. I found myself at the center of that party because everybody offered to help. I still continue with physical therapy and have a therapist come to my house on a weekly basis, but this is not covered by insurance. However, I need this additional help, if I still want to get stronger. This wonderful therapist just purchased one of my paintings.
The challenges of life are still a teaching companion, but I stay busy with painting, participate in shows, have sold some pieces, and was accepted this year again in the International Peace Exhibition at the International Peace Museum in Nagasaki, Japan. My first one was in 2013. I also work on my life story, since I was born and raised in Germany. I write poems, letters, etc. There are still unpublished books piled up in my studio. One of my poems will appear in the Secular Carmelite September newsletter, which I wrote for my missionary friend in Tanzania. I also was asked to participate in a Research Study by the Indiana University in relation to my case. I accepted it.
My grandchildren still live with us and Malinda is now a High-School Freshman and dreaming to get her driver's license soon. During spring break, she traveled with her school to Ecuador for ten days. Christian is in 6th Grade. He had an exciting summer, which included a trip to Germany. My five parrots and my dog are still as cheerful and happy as they can be.
Hope that you all had or still have a great summer/winter, it depends where on the globe you live, and most of all HAPPY PAINTING.