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Old 04-08-2004, 02:56 PM   #1
Dojo: Aikido of Midland
Location: Midland Texas
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Update on Barbara Bowen-Kelso

I am pleased to announce that after being off the mat and nearly dying from two brain aneurysms nearly 18 months ago Barb has started training in Aikido again. She has been on the mat for 2 weeks now twice a week. She is not able to take any hard falls but she is able to roll and otherwise perform all of her techniques without restriction. She is still trying to regain some strength and balance in her legs since the major aneurysm affected this portion of her brain. She has been doing Tae kwando for a while with no head kicks to build coordination, legs and stamina before she attempted to get back to training in aikido.

It has been a long and challenging road for Barb but she is pleased to be training again. The martial arts are part of her rehab. She really appreciated all of the help and kind thoughts everyone expressed during her illness. The first aneurysm had to be repaired surgically and the second one was repaired later with a stint.

Thank you all for you help and support in the past.

John Riggs
Dojo Cho
Ta Ch'u Academy of the Martial Arts
Midland TX
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Old 04-08-2004, 03:52 PM   #2
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Hi John,

Terrific news! It's so great to hear about Barbara's rehabilitation. Please send her my regards and my hopes that her condition will continue to improve in the future.


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Old 04-08-2004, 04:15 PM   #3
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Thanks Jun.

A great deal of thanks goes to you for suggesting and implementing the online auction for helping with her medical bills. Our appreciation is immesurable.

Domo arigato.
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Old 04-08-2004, 06:51 PM   #4
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What wonderful news!

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Old 04-09-2004, 11:04 AM   #5
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Please let her know that her example is an inspiration to us, and that there are many folks round the world rooting for her.

Janet Rosen
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Old 04-09-2004, 11:46 AM   #6
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By the way that's "immeasurable"-didn't have my glasses on =that happens when you hit 55.

Thanks Janet and Jeanne.
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