Today is Joanne's birthday!
Birthdays post stroke are definitely different than pre-stroke ones. It is a chance to look back and remember things in a different context. For example, for her 39th birthday she moved from Kindred to Spalding. She had to transfer in an ambulance adn it made her ill. Not a happy day. There was cake but she couldn't eat it. Not a great birthday.
Last birthday joanne was in her walking boot from her achilles surgery and we went to a TobyMac concert. Much better than 39 but it is contextualized by her surgery and everything that went along with that.
This birthday is marketed by transition. We close on the sale of our house on Monday. We have been living with my folks and thinking about what the next few years will look like. So as I think back in the future on this birthday it will be the transition birthday.
And here's what I have to say: Joanne, you are the light of my life. I can't imagine what it would have been like to try and do life without you. I am thankful to God that He left you here on this earth when he could have so easily called you home. I know it has been a tough couple of years, but we are making it, day by day. I love you Joanne. Thanks for sticking around. It is my pleasure and blessing to get to serve you and my privilege to be your husband.