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Thursday, February 22nd marks the 20th anniversary of Michelle’s accident. For over 18 years she has been living at home with us. This is not the life we would have chosen but it is the most meaningful life we could ever have. All of the pretenses and posturing that occur in every day life have been stripped away. We are living with someone who wakes up every day with a smile and thanks God that she is still alive. She tells us how she is surrounded by love and lets everyone know how much she loves them. Being in her presence brings out the better part of all of us. When she was unconscious our neighbor, Charlotte Baecher, wrote a poem that describes the transformation Michelle has brought to all of us:
In her sleep
her spirit is one with His
both so alive to the other
What immense transactions are going on
undistracted
by mind and urge and sight
a complete “hearing” and surrender,
a knowledge we cannot know or guess.

But now we ask Him, please to bless
her even more – and give her back
to us and all distractions
a messenger transformed by you
to lift us who love her
to where she has been.

THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US THESE 20 YEARS

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Update: PBS World “Your Health: A Sacred Matter” with LOC Marilyn Martone to air July 7
June 22, 2017 News 0

A reminder that Lady of Charity Marilyn Martone and her daughter Michelle are featured in a new PBS documentary film called “Your Health: A Sacred Matter”. Marilyn will speak in the section on caregiving (about 12 minutes towards the end of the film).

NATIONAL PREMIERE
Friday 7/7/17 at 7 PM, Eastern Time
World Channel

The World Channel is found on many cable and satellite services; check your local listings or visit worldchannel.org to find the station in your area.

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I was in Houston Texas this weekend at a conference on Religion and Medicine. On Saturday evening there was the premier screening of a film entitled “Your Health: A Sacred Matter.” It will view on PBS in May and Michelle and I are in it as are some of Michelle’s team members as well as members of our parish. You can see the trailer at the following web site. You can also check the web site as to when it will be shown in your area. yourhealthasacredmatter.com

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Tomorrow Michelle turns 40 years old. She was 21 when she was hit by a car and suffered a severe brain injury. Check this site for lots of pictures from her big celebration.

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Thought you might enjoy seeing this clip of Michelle at Pal-O-Mine where she goes horseback riding every week. What a special place!
http://www.fios1news.com/longisland/push-pause-oc-pal-o-mine-partners#.V4j1Qa6zLAp

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After two surgeries and a year of recovery I’m finally back to horseback riding. What a sense of freedom!

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Michelle came home today. She spent a week in hospital therapy and is doing well. The therapists told me she walked 50 feet yesterday with a high walker. This is something she hasn’t done in a long time. The surgery was extremely intricate and difficult and we are all very grateful to the staff at NY Presbyterian Hospital. And then there’s Michelle. She is one tough cookie. Not one pain pill the entire time she was there and of course everyone fell in love with her.

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