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Sally's Strokes, 2016


Sally Fichet, mid-nineties
Sally, 2 months before first stroke, 1998

I have, over the years, heard the most incredible stories about my age, health, and infirmaties--and their effect on my charts. I am here to tell you the truth, not only about my medical status, but about my maps as well.

I was born in 1944. I have a family history of stroke and heart attack: my mother died at 59 after a triple bypass ten years earlier. My father died suddenly at 69 of a massive heart attack.

In 1998, late in the same year I bought the New Hampshire chart business, I had an ischaemic stroke on the left side of my brain. Three years later I was able to baby-talk and walk very slowly with a cane. In 2003-04, I had another blockage on my right side, but no stroke. I had surgery to clean my arteries.

In '05, I had a TIA, again on the left side.

In 2014, I had a fall in which my shoulder was broken. In 2015, I had a fall in which my hip was broken. Almost a year later, 90% of my hip has recovered.

My right side continues to be paralyzed, I still say 'no' when I mean 'yes', and I still have trouble finding right word to explain very simple concepts, but, each year, I understand ideas I couldn't comprehend a year ago.

Despite my disabilities, I've continued my cartographic skills. As early as 2002, while I continued to talk baby-talk, I was able to correct my printers tiniest mistake on my maps.

I'm proud of the fact that I can create my own website. And I'm proud of the fact that I can, with the help of Neil Allen, a cartographer and sixteen-year advisor of Duncan Press, produce the most complex, finest chart ever of Lake Winnipesaukee and the other lakes in the Lakes Region. I really, really can.

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