Hey Everyone, it's Aliza's stroke-i-versary! That's right, three years since tha…

Hey Everyone, it's Aliza's stroke-i-versary! That's right, three years since that massive brain hemorrhage first landed her in the ICU. As you know, it's been a crazy time with lots of ups and downs, and Aliza's waiting for another surgery soon (fingers, toes, etc. crossed). If you'd like to wish her a happy stroke-i-versay, I'm sure she'd love folks to hang out, help out, or even make a donation to the Brain Trust to keep her going.



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Hey Everybody! Our next Dr. Sketchy's session is this Sunday, July 13th, at Gre…

Hey Everybody!

Our next Dr. Sketchy's session is this Sunday, July 13th, at Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA.

We're trying something different this time around - we're letting YOU, the community, be the models! If you'd like to hop in for a pose (or two), just show up a little early and check in with Allix or Chelsea. Otherwise stop by for drawing as always plus games, raffles, and cheap jokes. $8 at the door, or more if you'd like, and all of the money from this session will go directly to Aliza's Brain Trust!

Not able to attend, but interested in donating? You can donate securely online here: http://alizabraintrust.org/

Dr. Sketchy's July 2014
Don't forget about Dr. Sketchy's every second Sunday at Great Scott in Allston. Here's the Truth Serum group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/truthserumproductions/ and the Dr. Sketchy's Boston new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Sketchys-Boston/277789979062429

Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Aliza (ghostwritten by)
2014.07.12

connect with Truth Serum:

http://alizabraintrust.org/

Truth Serum's Head Quarters
http://twitter.com/truthserumhq

Truth Serum Facebook group

Heywood Wakefield is on Facebook

CineMental Facebook Fan Page

Truth Serum's videos on YouTube


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It's a Dr. Sketchy's Boston session featuring… YOU! July 13th, 2:30-5:30pm Gr…

It's a Dr. Sketchy's Boston session featuring... YOU!

July 13th, 2:30-5:30pm Great Scott

It's COMMUNITY DAY!
What does that mean? It means our artists get to be the models!

This special session functions as a fundraiser for Aliza's Brain Trust - drawing starts, per usual at 2:30 and runs to 5:30. If you've never modeled before but would like to hop in for a pose or two, show up at 2pm and sign up with Allix & Chelsea.

We'll have props and some fun costume pieces on hand for you to play with plus some familiar friends of Dr. Sketchy's on hand to give you some pointers.

We'll let friends of Sketchy's and community members take the short poses and have the pros hop in for the longer sets.

All of the money raised from doors and the tip bucket will go directly to Aliza Shapiro's recovery fund!

So spread the word, bring some friends, and get ready to have some fun!
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Here's what's up with me: somewhat… It's a Dr. Sketchy's Boston session featur…

Here's what's up with me: somewhat...
It's a Dr. Sketchy's Boston session featuring... YOU!

July 13th, 2:30-5:30pm Great Scott

It's COMMUNITY DAY!
What does that mean? It means our artists get to be the models!

This special session functions as a fundraiser for Aliza's Brain Trust - drawing starts, per usual at 2:30 and runs to 5:30. If you've never modeled before but would like to hop in for a pose or two, show up at 2pm and sign up with Allix & Chelsea.

We'll have props and some fun costume pieces on hand for you to play with plus some familiar friends of Dr. Sketchy's on hand to give you some pointers.

We'll let friends of Sketchy's and community members take the short poses and have the pros hop in for the longer sets.

All of the money raised from doors and the tip bucket will go directly to Aliza Shapiro's recovery fund!

So spread the word, bring some friends, and get ready to have some fun!
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Here's what's up with me: March 25: The surgeons realized that one of the scalp…

Here's what's up with me:

March 25: The surgeons realized that one of the scalp stretching devices was not in a great place. Scheduled surgery for three days later. A bit of a surprise.

March 28: Had surgery to move one of the scalp stretching devices and put a smaller one in a better place. The surgery was pretty quick, and I had a very light kind of anesthesia which I was able to wake up from almost immediately. I liked that anesthesia a lot and hope they can use it in the future.

I went home the same day. Things were a little confusing with my release and medication and the pharmacy, but thanks to my great friends everything got worked out. Luckily, I only needed the pain medication for a couple of days and then I felt a lot better.

April 16: I went to the surgeon to have the stitches removed, but there's one little spot that wasn't quite healed, so they left the stitches in there. I'm having them out next week.

Next week, they're planning to inflate both of the expanders. Then they'll keep inflating them weekly or every other week for a while.

I'm getting back to doing my physical therapy with two people who come to my house. My right arm is almost useless, and my right leg is very weak. Let's hope that once my head is put back together things will start to get better.

I'm also back to my speech therapy. My speech therapist is very good. Since the two strokes and the infection, my aphasia has gotten much worse, but I'm still working hard and hopeful that things will get better.

Don't forget about Dr. Sketchy's every second Sunday at Great Scott in Allston. Here's the Truth Serum group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/truthserumproductions/ and the Dr. Sketchy's Boston new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Sketchys-Boston/277789979062429

It's been great to see friends and I've been able to get out a bit. If you want to hang out, please call me!

Aliza
(ghostwritten by Andrea)
2014.04.27
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Hi Everyone, Recap/ Update: February 20: surgery to insert scalp stretching dev…

Hi Everyone,
Recap/ Update:

February 20: surgery to insert scalp stretching devices.

February 22: home from hospital with brain drains and pee purse in tow.

March 14: moved into new apartment on Wyman Street in Jamaica Plain and put a lot of my stuff in storage.

March 19: turned in the keys to my Dorchester place. Best wishes to my landlords after 14/15 excellent years.

I've been slacking off on my PT/ OT/ speech therapy exercises as I set up my new place.

March 25: surgeon removed my scalp stitches but said additional surgery is needed to adjust scalp stretching devices. Argh.

March 28: surgery to remove top scalp stretching device and replace it with a smaller one more appropriately placed. Take 2!?

Stay tuned!

Aliza
(ghostwriting by Emily)
2014.03.27
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Hey Everybody! I'm going in for scalp surgery in the morning. Two days in the h…

Hey Everybody!

I'm going in for scalp surgery in the morning. Two days in the hospital (supposedly), and then back home. Wish me luck! oh yeah...

Dr. Sketchy's happens the second Sunday of every month. See below!

xo aliza (ghost writing by emily) 2014.02.20
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Hi Everyone, please help me out by spreading the word!!! forward this message…

Hi Everyone,

please help me out by spreading the word!!! forward this message to your networks and friends as widely as possible.

if there is anyone out there who has one or two (or three?) rooms and can rent to me please get in touch at aliza@truthserum.org. i have one cat. my landlords are selling my building and i need a new place as soon as possible. i need to be close to the T, preferably the red or orange line in boston, cambridge, or somerville.

meanwhile, i have some surgeries coming up but of course there are complications.

the first one is to stretch the skin on my scalp. they have to make room for the new bone flap. this surgery was scheduled for the 22nd but they had to postpone (because of a blister!!) and it hasn't been rescheduled. this is causing a lot of grief.

the surgery to put the actual bone flap back in hasn't been scheduled yet, because they have to wait until the skin is stretched enough to put it back in.

the surgeons think it will be several weeks between the stretching procedure and the bone flap procedure. this is complicated for me because while they are stretching my scalp, i will not be able to wear my helmet and so i shouldn't really leave the house. once they start the stretching process, i have to go back every two weeks so they can increase the pressure under my skin.

ok that's it for now. i will keep you posted on the surgeries. once the procedures start i will not be able to move until at least april and probably more like may or june.

xo aliza

(ghost writing by dora)
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**Housing Help Needed!** After 15 years or so in a great apartment in Dorcheste…

**Housing Help Needed!** After 15 years or so in a great apartment in Dorchester, Aliza needs to find a new place to live! If you know of a room or apartment that is inexpensive (around $600/mo), close to the train, and cat-friendly (1 lovely feline), please let us know! You can message Aliza or Susanna Bohme on FB. Thank you!
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