Happy Memorial Day, Everyone! Today I give you a special post for a special day.
These photos are from Marilyn Sherman in Toronto. Marilyn says, “Several years ago my husband Ian and I moved into a small house on a corner lot with a tiny front yard and a lawn surrounded by a chain link fence. We removed the grass and the fence and replaced them with a mixed perennial and shrub garden. Then, in 2005 at age 52, I suffered a severe right-sided stroke and lost the use of the right side of my body.
“I was determined to return to gardening after my stroke, and bit by bit regained my strength and balance by doing more and more gardening jobs. At first I could only sit on a small tractor and pull a few weeds, I tired very easily. I began to think of creative ways to help me function in the garden.
“Today I can do most any chore including transplanting, staking, and dressing the beds with compost. I use the old chain link posts, painted black so as to be less visible, to hold on to when I garden deeper into the beds. When I have to go farther then the posts allow I use an old ski pole with the basket removed as a gardening cane. I’ve written about my gardening journey in my blog, Stroke Thrivers Blog.”
Wow. Marilyn, I don’t know if I could have been as strong and determined as you’ve been, and so incredibly successful at what you love to do. Amazing, and so inspirational. Thank so much for sharing your story and your garden with us!!
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