My stroke

Boxing Day 2012, I had a haemorrhage in the left thalamus of my brain, causing paralysis and loss of sensation on the entire right side of my body. I’m still dealing with the effects of this, including the loss of my DRAWING hand, which has been very difficult for a lifelong cartoonist.

Mary Poppins Returns

 Posted by on December 25, 2018  Lefties, My stroke, Storyboards, VisDev, Work  Tagged with:
Dec 252018
 
Mary Poppins Returns

Today is the sixth anniversary of the day I could have left this mortal coil, but instead stayed for another few rounds. Ever since, December 26th has become my own personal day of thanksgiving, where I count myself lucky to be here at all. This year I’d like to write about the landmark year of 2016, when I worked on [READ MORE…]

KOed on Boxing Day

 Posted by on December 26, 2017  My stroke
Dec 262017
 
KOed on Boxing Day

The day after Christmas, Julia had planned to work at home but discovered she didn’t have the password to remotely access her company computer and left to work a full day down the peninsula. I planned to get coffee with my pal Tony, before assembling with Gale & Julia for dinner. After a lazy morning reading in bed I showered [READ MORE…]

my personal thanksgiving

 Posted by on December 26, 2016  My stroke
Dec 262016
 
my personal thanksgiving

On December 26th 2012 at about 11am, I started to slip away as my brain and body both began to gradually shut down. A tiny blood vessel had ruptured in the left thalamus of my brain like a bomb blast in my head, and 4 years later I’m still living in the ruins of that explosion. Every day gives me [READ MORE…]

80 @ 51

 Posted by on January 2, 2016  My stroke
Jan 022016
 
80 @ 51

Jan 2, 2016 8:10pm– When I was 48, I turned 96 years old. From someone who ran on a treadmill a few times a week and regularly walked miles across town, I became a doddering and feeble geezer overnight. Paralysed, confused and unbalanced, I struggled with the simplest of tasks, both mental and physical. Three years of exercise and physical [READ MORE…]

the Baton of Kindness

 Posted by on December 26, 2015  My stroke
Dec 262015
 
the Baton of Kindness

December 26th, is the anniversary of my life being turned upside down. 3 years ago, at around this time of day, my mind and body both began to fail after an artery in my head ruptured, leaking blood into my brain and wreaking damage on my head-equipment that I deal with to this day. For the past few years, BOXING [READ MORE…]

I’m ready for my close-up

 Posted by on April 15, 2015  My stroke  Tagged with:
Apr 152015
 
I'm ready for my close-up

Apr 15, 2015 3:05pm After almost 25 years living in California, I’ve finally gotten my own Botox injections. Instead of being used on my ever wrinkling brow and baggy eyes, the preferred wonder drug of Hollywood starlets was jabbed into the spastic muscles of my arm and leg. One of the strange aspects of what has happened to me is [READ MORE…]

Gratitude

 Posted by on December 26, 2014  My stroke
Dec 262014
 
Gratitude

Exactly two years ago, starting at around this time of day, my brain tried to strangle me. Thankfully, Julia stopped that from happening and ever since that day she, and all of you, my family & friends, have helped me navigate the tricky world that I live in now. I’ve had many humiliating and humbling setbacks; financial, physical, psychological, professional [READ MORE…]

The Holiday Curse

 Posted by on September 30, 2014  My stroke
Sep 302014
 
The Holiday Curse

— Sep 30, 2014 1:36am Not long after I wrote my last update in JUNE, Julia and I attended the Story Department Wrap Party for one of the last films I worked on before my stroke, INSIDE OUT, which will come out next year. The party wasn’t one of those fancy black tie affairs, but an informal and very pleasant [READ MORE…]

Life in a Montage

 Posted by on June 12, 2014  My stroke
Jun 122014
 
Life in a Montage

Jun 12, 2014 7:25pm I have noticed that in movies or on TV, there is often a quick montage to show someone recovering from illness or injury. It spans a minute of screen-time, and then they are back at living life with the same vigour that they had before. More even. But a real life medical recovery can represent years, [READ MORE…]

Starship GIMP

 Posted by on March 18, 2014  My stroke
Mar 182014
 
Starship GIMP

“SpaceLog, 2014.3.18: Acting-Captain Baker of the StarCommand vessel GIMP reporting. We’ve been drifting in deep space for over a year, far from home with many systems still down. Sensors are slowly coming back online, but still patchy, with starboard still on manual as we struggle to re-wire that side of the vessel.. The bridge crew are gone and I’ve assumed [READ MORE…]