Different Strokes For Different Folks Plus My Jokes

Different Strokes For Different Folks Plus My Jokes

by Dianne Vidal Riley

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Different Strokes For Different Folks Plus My Jokes by Dianne Vidal Riley

I CHOOSE TO BE A SURVIVOR NOT A VICTIM. After surviving a massive stroke I found that my faith and sense of humor kept my spirit flying high, and I found every day I could choose to be happy or crabby. I chose happy, and even when I didn't feel like it I still put on a happy face, because after all, nobody wants to be around a Debbie Downer. My entire left side was affected by the stroke, so I decided I would try to make the most of it and started making fun of myself. Then my husband became very sick with pancreatic cancer and he decided his last journey did not have to be miserable, but a peaceful, meaningful journey. Of course, there is no humor in cancer, but there can be peace, and I kept my husband in our bed and away from a hospital bed. It was my turn to wait on him the best I could, with my limitations. I wrote this little book to try and encourage others to try and find humor in the midst of adversity.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158068782
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 12/31/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 30
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

I was married the first time for 36 years to a Cuban conga player from Cuba who was very influential in bringing the rhythm section to the big bands. It was called Latin Jazz. We had four children in four years and lived in Hermosa Beach, California. I worked in the retail industry and also became a Realtor, which I loved. Then in 1996 my husband died of a heart attack. I then became very involved in my church and went to Malawi, Africa, with a non-profit organization called Water Wells for Africa to dedicate water wells to various villages, and this became the best and most meaningful time of my life. The villagers no longer had to walk six hours a day to get contaminated water from a sinkhole. What a blessing to know that after receiving clean water the villages no longer even knew what cholera was. Thank God I was able to have this experience before I had my stroke. After 12 years I met Tom and we were married in Maui on the beach. The next year we were planning on going back for our anniversary, but I had my massive stroke and spoiled everything. Oh, well, life goes on, and my husband turned out to be a loving caregiver who absolutely adored me—disability and all.

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