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Mark Hansen

Blog Posted:4/7/2007 4:20:00 PM

Hello everyone ~


I was thinkin’ there may a few of you who may be interested in knowing how Mark Hansen is doing after his accident.  It feels like a lifetime since it happened, yet it was only January 5.  Ha – “only.”  Funny word that.


Anyway, I keep in close contact with Kathryn, his sister, who keeps me from going completely buggers.  Mark was moved from UCLA Medical Center on Monday to a rehab hospital that specializes in brain injuries.  He will be there for an extended period of time – probably a year or more.  It’s such a great place as he will eventually have his own apartment and will be taught how to function in the world before he is discharged.


I don’t remember how much I shared in my last blog about his injuries, so bear with me if I repeat myself.  Mark suffered extensive brain stem injury in addition to right brain damage.  His left arm is paralyzed.  He is left-handed, if you remember, and is having to learn to do everything with his right.  He is speaking, but not clearly yet.  His left eye seems to be damaged.  He recognizes his family, remembers long-time friends, yet not those he worked with every day.  And yeah, he remembers me.  That one I couldn’t wait to know and dreaded with every fiber I’m made of.  He couldn’t remember the password to his email, so Kathryn opened another account and asked that I email him.  He tried to answer, but he couldn’t focus or see the screen and ended up hitting all the keys ~ so he’s not ready yet.  But the desire is there, and that’s enough.


I’ve done extensive reading on brain injuries and do know that the sort of intensive rehab Mark is getting will insure that he will regain the fullest extent of pre-injury function possible.  And at this point, I am not discounting the return of some function of his left arm.  One just never knows with a brain injury.


That’s it in a nutshell.  I want to thank all of you for your prayers for Mark.  I know God is taking care of him and I am so grateful every blinkin day.


;-)   ~jill

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Date: 4/27/2007 5:25:00 PM
Good grief, this is sad but hopeful news. A very kind man and one who deserves great happiness. I will definitely send prayers to him...I didn't know anything about this incident. You're extremely kind to share this news with us, Jill. God bless... Mikki
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Date: 4/22/2007 12:24:00 AM
~dearest gg~ thank you with grace for sharing mark's progress. you epitomize what true power in a woman is & all it encompasses. your strength, bravery, prayers & love are truly inspiring & i often recall poignant moments between us to help guide me when i feel i simply am not able to. please give my love to mark; wrap your arms around yourself tightly; squeeze, smile and...breathe:) ~you both are dearly loved - always & forever~ /lynn
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Date: 4/15/2007 7:08:00 PM
Aww Dear Michael, now you have me leaking all over the place. You have the kindest heart. Thank you. I will share your sentiments with Mark. And your lovely comments to "Beach Nights" .... makes me cry. Take care, my dear. I will keep in touch. Love, ~j
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Date: 4/15/2007 6:04:00 PM
Hi Jill - I just ran across your blog - thats wonderful news - you made me cry we keep praying and it will get better I believe this with all my heart - I wish a lifetime of love and happiness for you both always and my prayers are with you
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Date: 4/10/2007 12:13:00 AM
Dear Meg, Vince, Ernesto, Lainie, Anthony and Katherine ~ thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. Your comments and wishes are taken to heart and loved. I can't wait to share with Mark how much he is loved, prayed and thought about. These are the warmest fuzzies. You guys rock. xoxo ~j
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Date: 4/9/2007 5:13:00 PM
thats so sad Jill but glad he is on his way back to recovery give him and his sisters my best wishes and will keep Mark in our prayers you have always been such a blesset friend to all thanks for update blessings to you and family also Jill hope you all had a wonderful Easter
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Date: 4/9/2007 8:52:00 AM
Dear Jill, So glad to hear that Mark is improving. He is in my prayers as are you. It would be impossible for Mark to forget you under any circumstances as your love and caring are a part of him. Hope all is well with you. Miss you! Love, Lainie
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Date: 4/9/2007 7:15:00 AM
Good morning to you Jill, thanks for the update on Mark, indeed, you both were on my thoughts the pasts days, thinking how you and Mark were doing? Glad to hear news about Mark. Yes, I'll continue to pray for his speedy recovery. God bless you Jill, Mark and your families. Jill, You are such a good friend/person and very supportive. Sincerely, Ernesto
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Date: 4/7/2007 6:53:00 PM
Thanks for the update. It seems the finest people get tested the harshest. I'll continue to remember Mark in my prayers. Keep your chin up. Things will work out. God Bless. Vince
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Date: 4/7/2007 4:42:00 PM
Thank you Jill for the update. I will continue to pray for Mark and that God with give you inner strength as you wait. Love to Mark and his family. Blessings. Meg.
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Date Posted: 4/7/2007 4:20:00 PM

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