A Message from Barry

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hi Everyone –

Well, I’m alive!

I tell you, going though something as rough as this makes you very grateful for a lot of things. Grateful for the genius doctors who can perform this incredibly complicated surgery; grateful for the caregivers who treated me like their own family and most of all grateful for good health. I will never, never take being healthy for granted again.

Not being able to do anything without a team of people helping me was an eye opener. And I mean anything. Like getting out of bed or getting to the john to brush my teeth.

To say nothing of the constant, incredible pain that this recovery demands. I’ve never been through anything like it.

But the good news is that after three nightmarish weeks, I’m coming back from the dead. I’m slowly beginning to walk – still with a walker – but I think that will be over soon.

My compassion for people who have to live with this kind of pain and a life like this has exploded. I guess you can talk the talk all you want, but it’s walking the walk that makes you realize another person’s courage.

I’m looking forward to beginning music rehearsals with my road family, and my STILETTO family who have been the most unbelievably supportive friends I can ever imagine having.

E-mails arriving daily from hundreds of people telling me that they’re hoping, praying and wishing me the best just overwhelms me.

My dear close friends have been my rocks. They’ve been with me through the whole thing. Whenever I opened my eyes, one of them was standing there, smiling at me.

All of your beautiful posts on Facebook and on our web sites have helped me more than you will ever know.

The doctors say that everything should start to ease up by the end of this week. If that’s so, what a great New Year’s Eve I’m going to have!

Thanks again, everyone for all of your love.

I’ll never forget this.


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