December 24th, 2012 / posted by paularath


The angel on the top of our Christmas tree.

The angels on top of our Christmas tree and adorning our Christmas dinner table have a special meaning for me this year.

Last week I baked cookies and Pumpkin Spice Bread for my incredible neurosurgeon, Dr. Mark Gerber. He reminded me how fortunate we were in the early morning of March 2, 2012. “We both had angels on our shoulders,” he said. (Not the usual terminology and sentiment of a neurosurgeon, huh?)

Dr. Gerber recalled that when he looked at my MRI and CT scan, he gasped. The prognosis for a fractured and dislocated C 6 – 7 is not good. It can, and usually does, mean the patient will be quadriplegic. And I was paralyzed initially. However, that simply was not how my life was meant to be. Instead, I am, amazingly, nearly normal today. Oh, sure, I have weirdly fluctuating low blood pressure and numbness and tingling in my hands and torso, but, hey, if that’s my new normal, I can easily live with it. I’m able to drive, write, paint, work out six days a week, bake and make Christmas gifts and I’m happy to be cooking Christmas dinner for my family.

This year the angel on our tree is all about life and the love of friends and family who cared for me so deeply and got me through an injury that threatened my life as I had known it. I am so grateful for the generosity and support of so many. And of course that includes you, dedicated readers who stayed by me.

In deepest gratitude, I wish you the merriest of holiday seasons.

– Paula Rath

Angels on our Christmas dinner table.


A celebratory table and tree.



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Ray Pace
December 25th, 2012 at 12:59 am

All the best to you and Gerry! Have a Happy!

December 29th, 2012 at 1:46 am

A belated Merry Christmas to you, Paula!

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