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Lonely Job Caring for Miss Leyva After Major Stroke
 
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Sole Caregiver Husband discusses the loneliness now that his wife can no longer comprehend or interact as before her stroke. High School Teacher Isabel C. Leyva suffered a major stroke on September 1, 2007, at age 44. She's a very intelligent and well educated woman, having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she had taught Spanish since 1999. Husband Richard is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, audio mixer, and on camera spokesman and commercial actor. Visit Isabel's blog at http://www.CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com
Views: 521 CaringForMissLeyva
Walk! Walk! Big Break 3 Yrs after Leyva-Griffith's Major Stroke
 
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Yesterday ... suddenly ... Walking better..... Big Breakthrough on 3rd Anniversary of Teacher's Major Stroke Isabel Leyva-Griffith thanks Scripps therapists Maria, Matt, Jon Kern, et al. Please leave Isa a word of encouragement here and on our Web log: http://www.CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com Isabel C. Leyva-Griffith suffered a major stroke on September 1, 2007, at age 44. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she had taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. Husband Richard is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on our Web log: http://www.CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com
Views: 1995 CaringForMissLeyva
Hamming It Up at Scripps Brain Injury Stroke Recovery Teacher Leyva Loves Jon Kern, PT
 
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Stroke Survivor-Artist-Teacher Isabel Leyva having some fun while working with Scripps Rehabilitation Center Physical Therapist Jon Kern. This was when Kern first started working with Miss Leyva. She walks fairly well now and just last week had a major improvement. Doesn't need and "anti hyperextension" brace on her knee. That's huge. She restarts her therapy with Kern in a few days after a one year break. Isabel C. Leyva-Griffith suffered a major stroke on September 1, 2007, at age 44. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: http://CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 2362 CaringForMissLeyva
Stroke at 44?  Migraine Headache? Maxalt? Rick Griffith Explains
 
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Migraine Headache and Prescription drug "maxalt" by Merck are likely stroke risk factors. Scary stuff... Anyone at any age can have a stroke. Stroke survivor's husband Rick Griffith explains what happened to 44-year-old Isabel C. Leyva as the 2007 school year began for this popular teacher. Miss Leyva Nearly Died Escaping Communism, Became U.S. Citizen, Beloved High School Teacher, Stroke Survivor, All Before Age 44 Artist, Immigrant, Linguist, School teacher Isabel Leyva is a fighter, a survivor. A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Recovering from a major stroke on 9-1-07 at age 44, Oceanside Highschool teacher Isabel C. Leyva tries painting with her left hand about four months after the stroke left her unable to speak, read, or write. She started using single words soon after and now uses many phrases to communicate. Reading and Writing are still out of reach for her. She's been an out patient at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Stroke Recovery Center for more than three years. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard, as she calls him, and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of caregiver. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman. Also writing, editing, and voice work from home when possible.
Views: 2279 CaringForMissLeyva
How to Tie Shoelaces With One Hand By Stroke Survivor Miss Leyva-Griffith
 
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Major Stroke robs teacher's ability to read, write or speak normally but Miss Leyva refuses to let the stroke take the teacher out of the teacher. Leyva shows us how to tie a shoe using only one hand. Paralyzed on one side following a major stroke three years ago, Leyva is a survivor. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she had taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com
Views: 4456 CaringForMissLeyva
Sole Vs. Soul Caregiver Rick Griffith for Stroke Survivor Teacher Isabel Leyva
 
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Why do I do it? In addition to I want to do it, I don't want to regret not doing it at the end. In sickness and in health", good line. As a sole caregiver for someone who is not easy to please I am cognizant of the pitfalls of co-dependency. By no means do I do everything for my wife as she struggles to recover from a major stroke at age 44 on September 1, 2007. She's a fighter, that's for sure. She made her escape from Cuba in 1991 in a small inflatable life raft; she was one of five adults in that tiny craft. Fives days and nights in rough seas with sharks constantly present, the U.S. Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba. She sought and was granted political asylum and became a Naturalized U.S. Citizen. Miss Leyva started her life in "the land of the free" in Las Vegas. This highly intelligent, well educated 29-year-old woman first made a living cleaning toilets at Caesar's Palace Hotel. When her collge transcripts were finally obtained and verified she became a teacher. Fluent in Russian, she was a perfect fit to teach Russian in the Clark County, Nevada School District. A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. She has been an out-patient at Scripps Memorial Hospital Stroke Recovery Center in Encinitas, California, since 2007. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel and husband Richard celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of sole caregiver. He's a Contributing Writer for The Stroke Network.org. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman, as well as writing, editing, and voice-over work from home when possible. Isabel and Richard live in Oceanside, California, San Diego County, California, U.S.A. Now living on California State Teachers Disability Retirement life is challenging to say the least. Richard created a Video Blog, http://CaringForMissLeyva.com hoping to attract a corporate sponsor. At this writing, New York based Modest Needs.org and PetMeds.com are sponsoring Miss Leyva.
Views: 264 CaringForMissLeyva
Husband Leaving Stroke Survivor Miss Leyva Video Capture by Rick Griffith Caregiver
 
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Would your husband stay with you? I think not. Sorry.Husband Leaving Stroke Survivor Miss Leyva. Video Capture by Rick Griffith Caregiver
Views: 175 CaringForMissLeyva
Caregiver Amazed at Wife's Ability to Adapt Following Major Stroke
 
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Isabel C. Leyva-Griffith suffered a major stroke on September 1, 2007, at age 44. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Please visit her blog and leave her a message/comment: http://CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com
Views: 270 CaringForMissLeyva
Filmakers' Video Message to Stroke Survivor Leyva Griffith
 
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Filmmakers Todd Spicer, Jeremy Weaver, Bo Bilstrup, and crew captured on video by caregiver/husband Rick Griffith as they leave Miss Leyva's home in Oceanside, California following a two day video shoot. Onward Entertainment is well into production on a documentary featuring Miss Leyva and Modest Needs.org Planned release: Sundance Film Festival 2012 School teacher Isabel C. Leyva-Griffith suffered a major stroke September 1, 2007 at age 44. She survived a desperate five day escape from communist Cuba in September, 1991. Granted political asylum here in the United States she lived her dream of becoming a Naturalized U.S. citizen and became a school teacher. Now financially destitute, living on a meager disability retirement, husband/sole caregiver contacted http://ModestNeeds.org which came to Miss Leyva's rescue helping with health insurance payments. Spicer, Weaver, and Bilstrup hope to shed light on the role Modest Needs plays as it enables ordinary people to come to the financial rescue of strangers trying to make due under extraordinary circumstances.
Views: 168 CaringForMissLeyva
Paintings by Stroke Survivor Isabel Leyva Composer Rick Lineback Peter Sprague Kate Fuller
 
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http://caringformissleyva.com Paintings by Stroke Survivor Isabel Leyva-Griffith "Your Hiding Place" Written and composed by Rick Linebach, Peter Sprague, guitar Paintings "Stroke Survivor" "Isabel Leyva-Griffith" "Composer Rick Linebach" "Peter Sprague"
Views: 270 CaringForMissLeyva
Could You Laugh at Yourself?  if You Had a Major Stroke? Teacher Isabel Leyva Can
 
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She's still hot hot hot! Miss Leyva models her new underwear. Well sort of. She was just trying them on for size. A major stroke has taken its toll on school teacher Isabel C. Leyva, Miss Leyva that is. She has an uncanny ability to laugh at herself. A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard, as she calls him, and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of caregiver. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman. Also writing, editing, and voice work from home when possible.
Views: 1027 CaringForMissLeyva
Miss leyva's First Walk on the Beach Following Major Stroke
 
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Got a minute? Please leave Isabel a word or two on her web log CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com. This video was shot six months after her stroke. Today marks the third anniversary of her stroke: still improviing every day. Isabel C. Leyva suffered a major stroke on September 1, 2007, at age 44. She's a very intelligent and well educated woman, having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she had taught Spanish since 1999. Husband Richard is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 7699 CaringForMissLeyva
Jon Kern of Scripps Encinitas Tries Something New to Help Miss Leyva: Bioness
 
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Scripps Stroke Rehab Center Physical Therapist Jon Kern gets a little critique on his Spanish skills as he experiments with the Bioness NESS L300. It's an advanced foot drop system designed to use mild stimulation to lift your foot to help you walk more safely and easily. Miss Leyva is hoping her insurance company will help pay for this amazing devise. It's designed to fit just below your knee and to be put on and taken off with one hand. Use of the NESS L300 may eliminate the need to wear a rigid, heavy orthosis. I.e. She may be able to dump her leg brace. The stroke hit her like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. She has struggled to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 1356 CaringForMissLeyva
Finding Joy Amidst  Misery Video by teacher Stroke Caregiver Rick Griffith
 
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Finding Joy Amidst Misery Video by Caregiver Rick Griffith http://caringformissleyva.com/
Views: 156 CaringForMissLeyva
Happy Birthday to Stroke Survivor Miss Leyva from the Scripps Encinitas Staff
 
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Stroke Survivor/Former High School Teacher Miss Isabel Leyva gets a lot of love and well wishes from Scripps Encinitas Strroke Rehabilitation Staff. Currently an out patient who continues to improve three years after a major stroke. It struck her down on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. She has struggled to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com.
Views: 190 CaringForMissLeyva
Glasses?Hoping Modest Needs Can Help Pay for Glasses for Stroke Survivor Isabel Leyva Teacher
 
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video uploaded from my mobile phone Popular Oceanside High School Teacher disabled by major stroke at 44 needs new glasses. The lenses on her old glasses are so scratched up I can see why she's continually asking me to clean them. I've been putting her off for a couple of months now hoping I would succede in my efforts to "work from home" to earn a living. Now that I'm a sole caregiver I need to stay close to home. We're now living on her California State Teachers Disability Retirement income. Thank God we have it but it's not enough to make ends meet. We looked at frames. Isabel thinks we ordered her new glasses but we didn't. I did not have the money. Her inability to read, write or speak well, prevented her from realizing what transpired. Earlier in the week she had her eyes examined; her vision has changed to the point the bifocals are not an option. So now it's two pairs of glasses-- distance and reading. She is starting to read a word here and there. Progress is painfully slow-- made all the more difficult because she is, was fluent in Spanish, Russian, and English. She still has the three alphabets, and sets of vocabulary but they're all jumbled up as her Speech therapist says. The part of her brain that used to decipher numbers and letters is gone. But her brain is repairing itself, making new connections. About six months ago her therapist said "Isabel, I can see that you are definitely going to be able to read again. Thank God. She's lost without her beloved books, especially poetry. A couple of weeks ago, our new friend Todd Spicer came over and read poetry to her in Spanish. It was one of her favorite poems by Pablo Neruda. That was one of the sweetest moments of one human reaching out to another that I've ever seen. I mean it. She just seemed to melt as she stood there. The look of calm, peace, well-being, satisfaction, and love that came over her was just-- well, it cannot be described. Another friend, Bo, caught the whole thing on video. I've worried all weekend about how I should word this note to you. When I read some of the requests Friday night, learning of all the problems that so many people are having, it made me feel like asking you for help with Isabel's glasses would detract from your ability to help someone who has a more pressing need-- like the man who needs a new floor in his mobile home. Happy to see he now can repair the holes in his floor. I should be able to buy those glasses for my wife myself. If I needed new glasses, I would not be here asking because it's a small need compared to others. However I feel compelled to ask on my wife's behalf because if she could read again, or even understand who you folks are or what you're trying to do here I do believe she would likely ask for help. She does need the glasses. She tries so hard to read. So sad to see such a high functioning popular teacher fighting to regain even a basic ability to read or write. Saturday night she was saying Tee-TON-nic, Tee-ON-nic: She had found a word in the TV guide that she could read: it was Titanic. You folks have already come to her rescue in that we recieved a check from Modest Needs to pay for medical insurance. Truly I was shocked. I'm 57 and I've never needed any financial help before. I know about giving and helping from a donor's perspective. Prior to asking for help with my wife's medical insurance I had not known the feeling of wonderment that comes with recieving help from others. It's a sence of connectedness that's impossible to explain. It sort of transends all this material junk and stuff that is so emessed in our lives. It's clean, it's good, it's direct. It's one human being reaching out to another for no reason other than a pure desire to help. It's quite heartening. It's a God thing you might say. If you are taking the time to read any of the requests on Modest Needs you are clearly in the right place. That's a God thing too. I thank you in advance for helping whomever you choose to help. God's speed to you. Sincerely, Rick Griffith, Isabel's husband. p.s. Lot's of videos and stories about Isabel on the video blog I created for her: http://www.CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 984 CaringForMissLeyva
Miss Leyva's Garden Before a Stroke Claimed Her Right Side at 44
 
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Former Oceanside High School Teacher Isabel C. Leyva hosts a tour of her flower garden. While she was fluent in Spanish, English, and Russian prior to her stroke, she now struggles to say a simple three word phrase. This tour is in Spanish as it was intended for her Mother and family who live in Holguin, Cuba. In this video, Miss Leyva is giving her mother a video tour of her little garden, just prior to a trip home to Holguin, Cuba in the spring of 2003. Artist, Immigrant, Linguist, School Teacher, Isabel C. Leyva-Griffith is a fighter, a survivor. "Miss Leyva" as her students called her, nearly died escaping communism. She made her escape from Cuba in 1991 in a two man inflatable life raft; she was one of five adults in that tiny craft. Fives days and nights in rough seas with sharks constantly present, the U.S. Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba. She sought and was granted political asylum and became a Naturalized U.S. Citizen. Miss Leyva's started her life in "the land of the free" in Las Vegas. This highly intelligent, well educated 29-year-old woman first made a living cleaning toilets at Caesar's Palace Hotel. When her collge transcripts were finally obtained and verified she became a teacher. Fluent in Russian, she was a perfect fit to teach Russian in the Clark County, Nevada School District. A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. She has been an out-patient at Scripps Memorial Hospital Stroke Recovery Center in Encinitas, California, since 2007. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel and husband Richard celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of sole caregiver. He's a Contributing Writer for The Stroke Network.org. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman, as well as writing, editing, and voice-over work from home when possible. Isabel and Richard live in Oceanside, California, San Diego County, California, U.S.A. Now living on California State Teachers Disability Retirement life is challenging to say the least. Richard created a Video Blog, http://CaringForMissLeyva.com hoping to attract a corporate sponsor. At this writing, New York based Modest Needs.org and PetMeds.com are sponsoring Miss Leyva.
Views: 1599 CaringForMissLeyva
Rice and Beans Easy for You to Say  Not for Stroke Survivor Leyva
 
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My wife, is laughing because she can say Rick And Beans. A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard, as she calls him, and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of caregiver. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman. Also writing, editing, and voice work from home when possible.
Views: 150 CaringForMissLeyva
Walking Home First Time Since Major Stroke Teacher Leyva Scripps
 
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How would you handle this? Tell her what you think at CaringForMissLeyva.com Cuban Exile/Naturalized U.S. Citizen, Artist, School Teacher, Isabel C. Leyva-Griffith is a fighter, a survivor. "Miss Leyva" as her students called her, nearly died escaping communism. She made her escape from Cuba in 1991 in a small two-man inflatable life raft; she was one of five adults in that tiny craft. Fives days and nights in rough seas with sharks constantly present, the U.S. Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba. She sought and was granted political asylum and became a Naturalized U.S. Citizen. Miss Leyva started her life in "the land of the free" in Las Vegas. This highly intelligent, well educated 29-year-old woman first made a living cleaning toilets at Caesar's Palace Hotel. When her collge transcripts were finally obtained and verified she became a teacher. Fluent in Russian, she was a perfect fit to teach Russian in the Clark County, Nevada School District. A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. She has been an out-patient at Scripps Memorial Hospital Stroke Recovery Center in Encinitas, California, since 2007. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel and husband Richard celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of sole caregiver. He's a Contributing Writer for The Stroke Network.org. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman, as well as writing, editing, and voice-over work from home when possible. Isabel and Richard live in Oceanside, California, San Diego County, California, U.S.A. Now living on California State Teachers Disability Retirement life is challenging to say the least. Richard created a Video Blog, http://CaringForMissLeyva.com hoping to attract a corporate sponsor. At this writing, New York based Modest Needs.org and PetMeds.com are sponsoring Miss Leyva.
Views: 954 CaringForMissLeyva
Isabel Leyva Stroke Survivor Singing Happy Birthday in the Shower
 
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What a surprise to hear my wife singing happy birthday to me in the shower. It's day 1,440 since she had a major stroke at age 44 while teaching spanish at oceanside high school, san diego county http://caringformissleyva husband Rick Griffith is sole caregiver
Views: 130 CaringForMissLeyva
Isabel C. Leyva 1st Painting After Major Stroke at 44
 
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Recovering from a major stroke on 9-1-07 at age 44, Oceanside High School teacher Isabel C. Leyva tries painting with her left hand about four months after the stroke left her unable to speak, read, or write. She started using single words soon after and now uses many phrases to communicate. Reading and Writing are still out of reach for her. She's been an out patient at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Stroke Recovery Center for more than three years. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard, as she calls him, and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of caregiver. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman. Also writing, editing, and voice work from home when possible.
Views: 807 CaringForMissLeyva
Patti Phillips at Good Ol Gals by Rick Griffith for Miss Leyva Stroke Survivor
 
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Patti Phillips of Arbone International at Good Ol Gals by Rick Griffith for Stroke Survivor Miss Isabel C. Leyva http://caringformissleyva.com/ Isabel always admires any business woman who excels at her profession. She's doubly impressed with with Patti Phillips and her various comic routines. Isabel used lots of humor along with a tough edge to keep her students' attention in the classroom. Artist, Immigrant, Linguist, School teacher Isabel Leyva is a fighter, a survivor. A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard, as she calls him, and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of caregiver. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman. Also writing, editing, and voice work from home when possible.
Views: 667 CaringForMissLeyva
Stroke Survivor's Dog Still in Extreme Pain Micro Video Capture for Dr. Gee
 
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Pepe, our Jack Russell Terrier Still limping-- severe pain in left rear foot. Six weeks now, poor Pepe. Dr. Gee at Santa Fe Animal Clinic thought perhaps it was his knee since he couldn't see any problem with his foot during first visit. Can't afford to go back now so hope Dr. can advise after looking at this hand held microscope video capture by Caregiver Rick Griffith of website video works.com Wife Isabel (Miss Leyva) is recovering from major stroke at age 44 on September 1, 2007, while teaching at oceanside high school, san diego county, california. http://caringformissleyva.com
Views: 192 CaringForMissLeyva
Why the Caregiver Blog?  Supporting Disabled Teacher Isabel Leyva Rick Griffith Video
 
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Why the Caregiver Blog? Supporting Disabled Teacher Isabel Leyva Rick Griffith Video http://caringformissleyva.com/
Views: 118 CaringForMissLeyva
Teacher Yolanda Lopez-Howard Helping Miss Leyva Read Again
 
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http://caringformissleyva.com/ Retired Oceanside High School Teacher Yolanda Lopez-Howard helping with the basics... Isabel Leyva desperately wants to read again. A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. Cuban Exile/Naturalized U.S. Citizen, Artist, School Teacher, Isabel C. Leyva-Griffith is a fighter, a survivor. "Miss Leyva" as her students called her, nearly died escaping communism. She made her escape from Cuba in 1991 in a small two-man inflatable life raft; she was one of five adults in that tiny craft. Five days and nights in rough seas with sharks constantly present, the U.S. Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba. She sought and was granted political asylum and became a Naturalized U.S. Citizen. Husband Richard is the sole caregiver. She has been an out-patient at Scripps Memorial Hospital Stroke Recovery Center in Encinitas, California, since 2007. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak, nothing at first, vast improvement to date, and always building. Isabel and husband Richard celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of sole caregiver. He's a Contributing Writer for The Stroke Network.org. Isabel is an outpatient at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
Views: 465 CaringForMissLeyva
Stroke Survivor Leaves Home Alone  Caregiver Rick Griffith Explains Miss Leyva's Shock Departure
 
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Stroke Survivor Leaves Home Alone Caregiver Rick Griffith Explains Miss Leyva's Shock Departure School Teacher Isabel C. Leyva is recovering from a major stroke she suffered on 9.1.2007 at age 44. See and hear the whole story of an amazingly strong, highly intelligent, well educated woman who risked her life escaping communist Cuba for a life of freedom in the United States of America. www.CaringForMissLeyva.com is a video blog of inspiration and reality for Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors and their caregivers. http://CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 221 CaringForMissLeyva
Paintings by Stroke Survivor Isabel Leyva
 
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Although very self critical of her art, Isabel Leyva is an accomplished artist. These few paintings are pre-stroke works. Leyva has done but a few since her stroke but is becoming less critical of herself. Hence more inspired to paint. The stroke hit on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. She has struggled to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, three lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 122 CaringForMissLeyva
Birthday Card From Sister-in-Law | Worth A Million Bucks to Stroke Survivor
 
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Stroke survivor appreciates the small things in life. Happy Birthday Card from Sister-in-law Linda. It's been more than three years since Isabel Leyva-Griffith suffered a major stroke, September 1, 2007; she was only 44. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. She has struggled to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com The first word out of Miss Leyva's mouth this morning after I said "happy birthday was "Tiramisu'". That's her favorite desert. And there's only one place in teh world that makes it right according to Miss Leyva: Vigiluchies Stroke Survivor/Former High School Teacher Miss Isabel Leyva get's a lot of love and well wishes from Scripps Encinitas Strroke Rehabilitation Staff. Currently an out patient who continues to improve three years after a major stroke. The stroke struck her down on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. She has struggled to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: http://CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 1556 CaringForMissLeyva
Isabel and Pet Blue Jay Before the Stroke
 
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Isabel is the consummate animal lover. She nick-named this Blue Jay "Asulito" i.e. Little Blue. A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard, as she calls him, and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of caregiver. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman. Also writing, editing, and voice work from home when possible. For more about Isable please visit her blog http://CaringForMissLeyva.com "isabel leyva" stroke pet
Views: 1009 CaringForMissLeyva
Leyva Griffith Loves Her Scripps Therapists  Video Response to PT Matt
 
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Isabel Leyva Griffith Loves Her Scripps Therapists Video Response to PT Matt
Views: 234 CaringForMissLeyva
One of Miss Leyva's Angels  Alisa The Hair Designer   Witness to Incredible Progress
 
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One of LIfe's Joys: A trip to Utopia Style Lounge in Encinitas, CA. Miss Leyva's all time favorite Hair Designer/Color Specialist "Alisa Bunnell" has been one of Isabel's biggest cheer leaders in her battle to recovery from a major stroke three years ago. Coincidentally, "Alisa" is also the name of her younger sister who was killed in a car crash at age 20. The pair had been especially close. Isabel C. Leyva-Griffith suffered a major stroke on September 1, 2007, at age 44. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com
Views: 669 CaringForMissLeyva
Before Stroke  Miss Leyva and Pet Blue Jay Part 2
 
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Isabel is the consummate animal lover. She nick-named this Blue Jay "Asulito" i.e. Little Blue. Please leave a comment on her blog http://CaringForMissLeyva.com A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard, as she calls him, and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of caregiver. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman. Also writing, editing, and voice work from home when possible. For more about Isable please visit her blog http://CaringForMissLeyva.com "isabel leyva" stroke pet
Views: 519 CaringForMissLeyva
Mother's Love Knows No Bounds | Miss Leyva Before the Stroke
 
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Yes, Luli does brush her teeth. Luli is the blonde. Isabel has the dark hair. This was a month before Isabel's stroke: August, 2007. Please leave a word of encouragement on her blog: http://caringformissleyva.com/ A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard, as she calls him, and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. http://caringformissleyva.com/
Views: 433 CaringForMissLeyva
Maricones,&Macaroni Stroke Survivor Teacher Laughing at her Words
 
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Three and one half years after a major stroke left Isabel Leyva with severe aphasia she is able to laugh at herself and the funny word errors she often makes. Full story on her video blog: http://CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 415 CaringForMissLeyva
Miss Leyva Has No Problem Saying Vigilucci's When She Wants Taramisu
 
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The first word out of Miss Leyva's mouth this morning after I said "happy birthday" was "Taramisu'". That's her favorite desert. And there's only one place in the world that makes it right according to Miss Leyva: Vigilucci's Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Carlsbad, CA. Currently an out patient who continues to improve three years after a major stroke. It struck her down on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. Having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba, Leyva-Griffith escaped communist Cuba and was granted political asylum here in the U.S. She has struggled to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman. Please leave some encouragement for Isabel on her Web log: CaringForMissLeyva.WordPress.com
Views: 321 CaringForMissLeyva
Stroke's of Life Update Caregiver Rick Griffith  Doggy to the Vet via IPhone 4s
 
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Video message from caregiver Rick Griffith as he awaits word from emergency run to the veterinarian office. Stroke survivor wife Isabel leyva is anxious to hear good news about doggy luli. Rick's brother oldest brother John is doing as well as expected considering terminal cancer. Web address for our blog is www.caringformissleyva.com.
Views: 140 CaringForMissLeyva
Tampon shopping for dummies by caregiver Rick Griffith for
 
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Caregiver Rick Griffith explains easy way to pick correct tampons for wife. Oceanside high school teacher Isabel Leyva is recovering well from a major stroke at age 44
Views: 580 CaringForMissLeyva
Cookie Trapped by Blanket: Laughter Good Medicine for Stroke Survivor Miss LeyvaStuck In Blanket
 
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I just love to hear my wife laugh. Our little doggies are a great source of strength and joy. Isabel was one of those hard driving teachers who demanded the best from her students. Balancing her demanding nature with lots of love and an often comedic teaching style landed her a place of admiration and respect in the hearts of her students. At age 44, on september 1, 2007 this high functioning teacher was slammed to the floor by a major stroke that claim one half of her left hemisphere. Isabel C. Leyva suffered a major stroke on September 1, 2007, at age 44. She's a very intelligent and well educated woman, having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she had taught Spanish since 1999. Husband Richard is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business. He also works as a free-lance cameraman, and on camera spokesman.
Views: 290 CaringForMissLeyva
Stroke of Art by Isabel Leyva
 
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A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. It tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: She's cracking the reading code slowly. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Isabel has a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Russian Literature. She moved to Encinitas, California in 1998. Leyva taught Spanish at Oceanside High School until her stroke on 9/1/07. She now lives in South Oceanside, CA with husband Richard and her beloved little doggies and kitties. She continues to improve on all fronts. Please go to her blog and leave her some inspiration: http://caringformissleyva.com/
Views: 99 CaringForMissLeyva
Caregiver Depression Cure is Stay Busy Every Moment HD Video Captured with Charge Android
 
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Sole caregiver Rick Griffith fight's depression with lot's of activity. School Teacher/Wife Isabel Leyva-Griffith suffered a major stroke in 2007 at age 44. Griffith is a former TV news reporter/producer who is now a freelance videographer. He's essentially a single parent as he cares for his wife, four dogs, one cat, one bird, and a pond full of goldfish. Much more on his video blog http://CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 92 CaringForMissLeyva
Work for Peanuts Miss Leyva and Pet Blue Jay pt3
 
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Isabel is the consummate animal lover. She nick-named this Blue Jay "Asulito" i.e. Little Blue. Please leave a comment on her blog http://CaringForMissLeyva.com A major stroke at age 44 tried to leave her in a wheel chair; she refused: today she can walk. It tried to silence her: now she can speak roughly. Starving one half of her left hemisphere of oxygen, it tried to divorce her from her beloved novels in English, Spanish, and Russian: Her major language center is gone yet, she's cracking the reading code ever so slowly. The stroke hit like a sunami on September 1, 2007; she was only 44. It happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she taught Spanish since 1999. She struggles to speak. Nothing at first, vast improvement to date and always building. Husband Rick Griffith is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard, as she calls him, and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick is a former TV news reporter whose new career is that of caregiver. When he can find someone to sit with Isabel he works as a free-lance cameraman and on camera spokesman. Also writing, editing, and voice work from home when possible. For more about Isable please visit her blog http://CaringForMissLeyva.com
Views: 490 CaringForMissLeyva
Scripps Encinitas PT Matt on Miss Leyva's Third Anniversary
 
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Physical Therapist Matt of Scripps Encinitas on the third anniversary of Isabel's major stroke. Isabel C. Leyva suffered a major stroke on September 1, 2007, at age 44. She's a very intelligent and well educated woman, having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she had taught Spanish since 1999. Husband Richard is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties, two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a surviver, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard (rick) and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Rick owns WebsiteVideoWorks.com, a small video production business.
Views: 88 CaringForMissLeyva
Stroke Survivor Suddenly Splits  Caregiver Rick Griffith Captures Departure on Cell Phone
 
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Late Sunday morning Isabel was commanding me: "Richard! Officer, Officer", She wanted me to call the police to stop our neighbor's kids from using their new skateboard ramp. The truth is that with our little doggies yippy yappying all the time we're probably the noisiest house on the block. I tried to explain that they're just kids trying to have fun. Also, that they're not finished building the ramp: it will be less noisy when it's finished. (note: within one week the noise from the skate ramp went way down) "Bye." she announced as she unlocked the gate and headed out to the street. I was able to get off a couple of text messages to our neighbors, warning them of the Cuban teacher on the war path and heading their way. Turned out to be a good visit. All seems well now. More later, gotta run . video uploaded from my mobile phone See the details at http://Caringformissleyva.com
Views: 166 CaringForMissLeyva
Miss leyva's doggies are the best medicine
 
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Our doggies are one of the many blessings that keep us going. It was three years ago to this day that Isabel suffered a major stroke. Isabel's blog is http://caringformissleyva.wordpress.com/
Views: 159 CaringForMissLeyva
Sycuan Branding video audition Rick Griffith w Shamon Freitas Agency
 
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Sycuan Branding video audition Rick Griffith
Views: 71 CaringForMissLeyva
Caregiver Rick Griffith Tries to Meet Deadline While Miss Leyva Gives Him More to Do
 
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Caregiver Rick Griffith attempts to work from home. At the moment he's tryhing to finish an article for The Stroke Network.org. http://CaringForMissLeyva.com is an online community of support for a Stroke Surviving School Teacher with a dream: to be free of communism and to become a United States citizen. She nearly died escaping communism, became a U.S. citizen and highly respected school teacher, only to be struck down by a major stroke in the prime of her life. Her students called her Miss Leyva. Isabel Christina Leyva-Griffith was born on September 13, 1962 in Holguin, Holguin, Cuba. This Video WebLog (Vlog) is as much about you, the caregiver, the stroke or brain injury survivor, as it is about its originators: Richard and Isabel Leyva-Griffith. Our journey into this chapter of our lives started with Isabel's major stroke on September 1, 2007, at age 44. It was Saturday morning--cleaning day. Isabel had put to rest the first week of school at Oceanside High where she taught Spanish. Being a perfectionist, she had pushed herself very hard all week, skipping breaks, no lunch, lots of strong black coffee. She came home Friday afternoon with a migraine headache. During that last meaningful conversation Friday afternoon with husband Richard, Isabel talked about the workload and stress of teaching. Not so much the demands of teaching itself which she dearly loved; it's the stress of dealing with too many students and too many directives from administration; also, the ever present fear of losing the job she fought so hard to get. She's a very intelligent and well-educated woman, having earned both a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.A. in Russian Literature at the University of Havana, Cuba. Her stroke happened at home following the first week of school at Oceanside High School where she had taught Spanish since 1999. Husband Richard is the sole caregiver. Since Isabel's stroke left her unable to speak, write, or read, communication is very difficult. We are a family with a mom and a dad, four lovable little doggies (three are adopted), two adopted kitties (now one: Squeaky passed), two birds, and a pond full of goldfish. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Fidel Castro's Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (circa 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas wher she taught Russian at a local high school. Richard and Isabel celebrated their second wedding anniversary while Isabel was in the hospital following her stroke. Formerly an NBC affiliate News Anchor/Reporter, Richard is a freelance writer/reporter/cameraman.
Views: 141 CaringForMissLeyva
Amazing Speech Progress Five Years Post Stroke for Teacher Isabel Leyva by rick griffith caregiver
 
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Amazing Speech Progress Five Years Post Stroke for Teacher Isabel Leyva by rick griffith caregiver. http://caringformissleyva.com/?p=3551
Views: 134 CaringForMissLeyva
Happy Hair! Artist Dana Ferrang of Split Ends Hair Studio gets an A from Miss Leyva
 
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Hair artist Dana Ferrang sees inprovment in Stroke survivor/teacher Isabel Leyva -Griffith. A little TLC at Split Ends Hair Studio in Oceanside, California. Iphone 4S video capture and upload by caregiver-husband Rick Griffith. Lot's of inspiration at our video blog: Www.caringformisaleyva.com
Views: 132 CaringForMissLeyva
Sunday Morning Fire by Isabel C. Leyva, Teacher, Stroke Survivor HD
 
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Still shot compilation of "Sunday Morning Fire" by Isabel C. Leyva. Please leave her a message http://caringformissleyva.com/. Music by Music: "Insensatez" by Wes Montgomery The day before my wife's major stroke on 9.1.2007 she said that if she had her way, she would just stay home, paint, and play with the doggies all day. Thankfully she is still the artist she has always been except that she no longer uses her right arm to paint. Isabel is a survivor, having spent five days and nights in a two-man life raft with four other adults as the five braved rough seas and ever-present sharks in their quest for a better life here in the United States. They had escaped Communist Cuba at last. The Coast Guard picked them up half way between Florida and Cuba (around 1990); Isabel was granted political asylum and began a new life in Las Vegas where she taught Russian at a local high school. Isabel has a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Russian Literature. She moved to Encinitas, California in 1998. Leyva taught Spanish at Oceanside High School until her stroke on 9/1/07. She now lives in South Oceanside, CA with husband Richard and her beloved little doggies and kitties. She continues to improve on all fronts. Isabel is an out patient at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, California. Please leave her a message http://caringformissleyva.com/
Views: 62 CaringForMissLeyva

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