About Glenn Gardiner

On the Appalachian Trail

 

 

Although he qualified to fly most single-engine aircraft, this Beechcraft Debonair was his favorite man toy. GE Gardiner flew for sixteen years.

 

In 1996, while skiing atop a  mountain in Western Maryland, he suffered a hemorrhagic brain-stem stroke. After six and one-half weeks of  hospitalization, and four months of home recuperation, he returned to help oversee a contract at Andrews Air Force Base. In  1999, he sold his last business and attempted to reinvent himself. Over the next few years, he acquired six jobs.  Unfortunately, he could not complete his work and lost all six jobs. After meeting the director of a Workforce Development  Board, he found a position with the organization as a liaison between the board and the business community. In 2004, he began writing to provide his brain with exercise and therapy. His stroke left him with many deficiencies, including minimal cognitive and memory capacities. Because, he no longer had the use his writing hand, and his stroke left him with weak hand-eye coordination, he turned to voice-recognition software. Dragon NaturallySpeaking was his software of choice. Several other software programs were also utilized to accommodate his weakend brain. By 2010, his health declined and his doctors recommended he retire and concentrate on his writing hobby.

Mr. Gardiner spent long hours at the computer learning the craft of writing.  His stroke also left him with Cerebellum Ataxia, which provided a host of additional difficulties. His brain processes were not consistent. Some days, he could not do anything except sit in a chair. While other days, he could dictate 2000 words. Eventually, his brain rewired itself. Even today, each morning when his body wakes, he must take medicine before his brain wakes. Mr. Gardiner is capable of creating and writing, but cannot complete Many tasks without making mistakes. After years of experiencing weekly falls, he walks with the aid of a cane. The only thing Mr. Gardiner can depend on is that his brain is inconsistent.

 In 2011, he became bored with retirement and began to create novels. Legend of the Paribell: NanoTech, a YA science fiction novel, will be published in the Spring of 2015. In 2012, his short Story, Speed, was published in the Anthology, My Wheels. It’s greatest accomplishment occurred when together with best-selling Amazon author Leona DeRosa Bodie, he co-authored Glimpse of Sunlight, book #1 of the Jonathan Dickinson Odyssey,  published in March 2014. He is currently writing Deliverance, book #2 of that project, which is based on Jonathan Dickinson’s Journal (First published 1699 as Remarkable Deliverance“. Mr. Gardiner  has been a member of the Florida Writers Association since 2011, and is the leader of a chapter which focuses on story structure.

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Glenn Gardiner understands that he is lucky to be alive. Over the past eighteen years, he faced and overcome many challenges. He wishes to share his experiences with other survivors who share the same questions and insecurities as he once did.

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3 comments on “About Glenn Gardiner
  1. Lee Piper says:

    i am Mary Burton’s brother-in-law, She said you may be able to help me.

    I had a grade 3 hemarrhagic brain-stemm stroke a little over 11 years ago. I’m wheelchair bound, and have difficulty speaking clearly.

  2. Lee Piper says:

    i am Mary Burton’s brother-in-law, She said you may be able to help me.

    I had a grade 3 hemarrhagic brain-stem stroke a little over 11 years ago. I’m wheelchair bound, and have difficulty speaking clearly.

    A PT once told me I would never walk independantly, so I’ve resigned myself to that.

    Am I selling nyself short?

    • gardiner says:

      Never give up. The doctors told me fifteen years ago that I would fall and break my hip. They said it would be the beginning of the end. I purchased a walking stick to help my balance. My problem was balance not strength. At night or when I close my eyes, I still have no balance whatsoever.
      Over the years I have been lucky. I have done so many things that cause the death of others while I always survive. Then, in 1996, I survived a stroke. Someone wants me to be here. I have decided to help other stroke victims get through the challenges they face. I would love to help you by encouraging and sending you in the right direction. That is one of the reasons I write. I want to gain notoriety as a writer in order to give me exposure to reach stroke survivors. I will never be the caliber writer of your sister-in-law. I have way too many disabilities and do not try to set my goals that high. The other reason for writing is to provide me with self-therapy for brain.
      In 2004, even with trouble speaking, I purchased Dragon NaturallySpeaking software and began writing a journal. It was a wonderful experience. What I wrote back then was probably the trash, but it helped me. The organization side of my brain (the side that helped me found small businesses and create jobs) no longer had the power to operate at a high level. In 2006, I found out that the creative side of my brain was bubbling over. Trying to write was exciting, but it was a chore. My brain gradually strengthened. Now, I can even drive, write books, and, with the help of an iPad and my iPhone, stay organized. I still need help making sure I’m taking the correct medicine.
      My point is, you can do anything you set your mind to. Be careful, you can be hurt trying to walk out of the wheelchair. I’m not a doctor, but I can tell you right now that if I was in your shoes, would do whatever was necessary to ensure that one day I would be walking again. The challenges you face will be hard, as you begin a long journey. If you don’t push yourself forward, you will end up slipping backward and eventually die.
      First, you must overcome any challenges you face concerning your medical condition. Many of us brainstem survivors have all kinds of mechanical issues. We also have short-term memory problems. If you don’t have a strong advocate, you will become agitated when you start receiving bills from doctors you have never heard of and phone calls from credit agencies. I can’t tell you how many credit agencies that I paid not knowing whether the bill was appropriate. A lot of these things can be overcome by accommodating yourself with the technology that is available today.
      If your spouse is working hard to support the family during your incapacitation, she will only have so much time to devote to taking care of your medical needs. Respect her time. You must learn to organize your medications and doctors visits. A lot of these things can be overcome by accommodating yourself with you will need to overcome these challenges.
      Once your immediate medical situation calms down, you’ll need to put your brain in gear. It is a fact that what does not grow will die. Your brain needs exercise. By the way, I love the “luminosity,” which is an online program designed to exercise your brain. Find something that will give you passion. Something that will make you think and wrap it entirely by your soul, without creating a danger.
      For me, writing rewired my brain and now I am creative. Before the stroke, I was a business owner. I no longer have the skill sets to run a brick-and-mortar business so I do what I can. You need to find something that you can push yourself to do. You need to accommodate yourself. Push yourself out of any depression. During allow your thoughts to reside inside, because you will only fill sorry for yourself. Identify your weaknesses, then find ways to overcome your challenges. I have a friend who is seventy-eight years old. Years ago he had a stroke in one eye and gets a shot every three months in his cornea, (yes the eye not the lid). When he was young, he shot a raccoon while next to a brick wall. The concussion ruined his hearing. He now owns three car lots, one the body shop, two subdivisions and fifty-four residential and commercial rental units. He started from scratch. No one handed him anything. I think his brain is more awake than my own and I can assure you his seventy-eight-year-old body is in better shape than my sixty-four-year-old body.
      If you decide to push the limits, you need to know that you’re going to have setbacks. You’re going to fall both mentally and physically, but you must get back up. You’ll get tired of hearing people say, “How do you feel?” When someone offers you a new opportunity, or, you think of a new idea, right there ahead until you are confident that it is in your best interest. Don’t make quick decisions. Thinks things out.
      Well, I’m rambling on, but I’m here to help. I’m taking 1 to 2 hours a day to help people. Mary has my email address, which you may also have. You can contact me directly. In the subject matter of your email write, “StrokeAid”. I get several hundred emails a day, and I look for that subject.

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