Our WordPress friend just had a stroke

Steven S. Wallace had a stroke

Steven S. Wallace (a pseudonym) is a lovely person many of us have had the pleasure of meeting here in the blogosphere. He has been one of our regular W3 poetry prompt participants and has served as host for W3 on several ocassions, including last week.

Last night, I emailed Steven to remind him to select a new W3 PoW (“Poet of the Week”) for this week, and he wrote back:

David- I can’t do this. I’ve had a stroke. Maybe some day I can. But I’m disabled right now. I give all my power.

I’m really sorry. Pray for me. Please.

To say that I was shocked by Steven’s email would be putting it lightly – this is not the sort of note one ever expects to get from someone he assumes to be in good health.


Should I be writing this?

Why am I sharing this?

As many of you know, I have an aunt who is very sick with stage 4 cancer; and she’s not doing well. One of the things I’ve discussed with her is how some people’s visits to the sick leave her feeling that they’re only visiting to assuage their guilt… Or, at least, that regardless of their exact motivations, they’re visiting for their own sakes, rather than for hers.

It gladdens me to know that my aunt does not put me in this category, and I wouldn’t ever want to be in this category for anyone.

Still, I cannot say that I am writing this blog post entirely for Steven’s sake; to a large extent, I’m sharing this because I don’t know what else to do with my concern for him; and I feel the need to do something.

Is that a good enough reason to share this? Probably not.

Do I have the right to share this?

I very seriously considered whether or not I should write this blog post. Steven’s story is not mine – do I have the right to share his?

To be honest, I don’t really know the answer to this question, but I took into account the fact that Steven writes under a pseudonym – so nobody in our blogosphere knows his true identity.

Also, Steven asked me to pray for him; and I assume that other people’s additional prayers (or, as in my case, positive thoughts) wouldn’t hurt.

Does “online community” mean anything?

Then, I thought, does the concept of “online community” actually mean anything? Because- if it does, then I think it’s right to let you know about Steven’s stroke in this public, online forum.

After all, this is the only way the vast majority of us interact with one another. Our interactions with one another on our blogs are literally the entire substance of our relationships. So, if one regularly interacts with Steven online, and he unexpectedly disappears from WordPress, one would likely be concerned, right?

And- if I suddenly had a stroke, I would want my online friends to know about it… Not because I would want their prayers (I don’t believe prayers make any metaphysical difference), but simply because I have formed relationships with many fellow bloggers; and this would be a major, life-changing event in my life that would, to some great extent at least, shape my identity.


Well, now it’s out there

Perhaps I’m doing the wrong thing by sharing this information with you, but I’ve at least justified this decision to myself- for better or worse. And, yes, I know that I’ve self-centeredly made this blog post entirely about myself, rather than about Steven. I’m such a mensch (sarcasm intended).

Nevertheless, regardless of the flawed vessel bringing this information to you, I believe that some among you also care about Steven and would want to know that something horrible just happened to him… And I believe that he would want you guys to know.

If you’re the praying sort, now’s a good time for that.

100 thoughts on “Our WordPress friend just had a stroke”

  1. Prayers for strength, healing and recovery for Steven – I, too, have walked back from short missives, calls or replies to say, “Um..I had a stroke and taking all I can do, just now, to walk through daily life, heal…not much of me left over to show up as others have come to expect me to” – Hang in there Steven and take care of you!

    David? I don’t think you made it ‘just about you.”

    You did what many of us do – over and over, when we are not certain what to do – but our heart is called to DO SOMETHING! ANYTHING! Anything other than just ignoring –

    Just today, a friend of a friend call me – a mutual friend has unexpectedly lost a child – the caller wants to reach out to the parent, show support – check in on, but…well, they just found out and missed the service held yesterday – they don’t know what to do – are they intruding during a difficult time? They want to shower their friend with love and support but they aren’t certain just how to do so that will be helpful and not add grief or pain – – sigh –

    Why call me? Because I’ve lost a child – because I talk about it – because I send notes, emails, leave comments, post on social media or leave voice mails saying, “Thinking of you today – ” whether they are just on my mind, or the news reached me that perhaps, they are just wading through a life event, today –

    And at the end of the day? For all of us, It’s rather all about “Me” and yet, NEVER JUST about “Me” – and the only thing required is to lead with our heart that loves, values, cares for another – and do something, anything, we can from afar, when we aren’t there, in person, to do the chores, cook a meal, watch over, or sit in silence aside the one struggling, just so they know, they are not alone or forgotten.

    We do the best we can, with where we are at, with what we have – and we each, too, reach out for support when someone we have come to know and love, struggles and yet, there ain’t a durn thing we know to do – other than say – “Please pray/think of my friend today – ” to our community or shared in common networks – cuz we hurt when they hurt – ostruggle when they struggle – or can’t even imagine what they are facing, all while on this front or that, we might have a small clue and appreciated the knowledge during that time, that we walked that path no unknown or alone – hugs and loves to you all – from afar – – –

    1. ❤ Tamrah Jo ❤

      they don’t know what to do – are they intruding during a difficult time? They want to shower their friend with love and support but they aren’t certain just how to do so that will be helpful and not add grief or pain – – sigh –

      Exactly! You described the experience perfectly!

      Because I’ve lost a child – because I talk about it – because I send notes, emails, leave comments, post on social media or leave voice mails saying, “Thinking of you today –”

      That’s so sweet. 😊

      We do the best we can, with where we are at, with what we have –

      Thank you so much, Tamrah Jo


      David

      1. I will remind you David, I’m not sweet – there is just always, a choice before each of us – what we have, what we can do – where we are and well – (yes…prepare for laughing over my hypocrisy…)

        So SWEET of you to reply and capture out of ‘too many words’ the core of what I was trying to say – the experience – and the unsolicited advice of when we act, while trying to protect others, but cannot live with ourselves, if we fail to act/do on any front at all – sigh – we just all do our best as we can/may – hugs

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