453. 3 Good Things (2) Tea – Setting the Record Straight


I am so grateful that I got to speak at the Christmas Tea and thank the friends who made it possible and all of my gracious listeners. I started off by informing everyone I was struggling physically (Trainer D had called me out the day before) and needed them to show me a lot of grace and pray for me as I was speaking. They did. Thanks, everyone!!

Coach R asked if I had been nervous. No, I wasn’t nervous bc I have been preparing for this for over 3 years. As soon as Decision Day hit I knew exactly what I needed to do. God’s work in my life is far too important for me not to talk about. I’ve just been working on getting physically ready.

I packed little baggies for our guests all by myself whereas the year before I had roped friends in to help me prepare this sort of thing when I went to Rise Up. I did them in sets of twenty and rolled around in my wheelchair during breaks. But my motor skills got a great workout and my OTs would be proud.

I had to sedate Ed Blueberry when Smurfette (Trainer D’s wife, Team Tanimal’s dietician) said she was coming. Eddie got a new tie from Mommy (Thanks Mom!!) so he could look good. Side note: at one point when I was talking I said, …Mommy is “a good and longsuffering suffering woman.” There were cheers of affirmation from the audience. #TrueStory.


Let’s go back to Trainer D for a moment. Although he was very enthusiastic about the whole thing I made it clear that Smurfette was welcome to bring anyone except him since he is male. So she arrived and all of my friends were very happy to finally meet her and it became apparent during our conversation that Trainer D had failed to prep her at all regarding my background.

Of course she knows about the nature of my illness since she’s my dietician, but she didn’t know anything about Africa etc. and we hadn’t spoken in person prior to the Tea.  So right before I got up there I said,

Hey, J – you ever done this sort of thing before? ‘Cause [things are about to get a little crazy].

See for yourself:

Clip 1:

I tried to pick and choose, here, but I really like the whole thing. We touch on a lot of very important subjects. “I learned how to walk when I was 31. I did not survive the bleed to walk on eggshells now. So I’m just gonna say it…”

Ann Ning Learning How | Dec 14 - AVM and Stroke Recovery Yr 3 | Yeah, I totally just went there

Clip 2: I told you they cheered for Mommy. This is the story of Decision Day.

 Ann Ning Learning How | AVM and Stroke Recovery Yr 3 | Decision Day

Clip 3: “I was angry, too…” The statistical likelihood of am AVM Rupture is very small, but the circumstances and timing of mine were too pointed for it to be coincidental.

Ann Ning Learning How | AVM and Stroke Recovery Yr3 | I was angry, too; Is it ok that you lived?

 Clips, courtesy of KAR. Thanks, friend!

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3 thoughts on “453. 3 Good Things (2) Tea – Setting the Record Straight

  1. Thank you for sharing this, since I was so bummed I couldn’t attend! Fun to hear some familiar laughs among the audience, and so great to hear what you had to say.

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