Aliza Needs Your Help!

As many of you know, Aliza is back in a difficult place with ongoing complications from her stroke.  In late July, the day after that last TraniWreck show (which she felt so great about and grateful for–thanks to all who performed and watched!) she developed an infection and as a result had to have her skull prosthesis removed.  As a result of that surgery,  a lot of her post-stroke symptoms have come back: her aphasia is pretty bad and she’s having a hard time using her right arm, leg and foot.  Talking and walking are difficult again.

This is, needless to say, a huge bummer.  Aliza is now facing the same intense symptoms she had in the wake of her first and second strokes.  We all know Aliza is incredibly strong and a major trooper, but this third round of heavy-duty symptoms is a physical  and an emotional challenge.

I’m writing because Aliza needs your help again.  You’re included on this email because you offered support and assistance to her in the past.  It can be hard for friends and family to face this kind of repeated illness, but the fact is that Aliza needs a lot of support right now—both logistical and emotional.  I know that she would deeply appreciate your presence in her life at this point.

Some ways to help include:

-Just checking in.  We know Aliza is a very social person, and right now she’s fairly home-bound.  Letting her know you’re thinking about her—through Facebook comments, phone calls, letters, etc. —would do a lot to buoy her spirits. Some of you live far away, so this is an easy option to reach out.   Please know, however, that she might not be able to respond to all comments or always pick up the phone (aphasia makes this really hard at times) .   But rest assured your words mean a lot to her.

-Visiting.  Making a plan to spend some time with Aliza can help lift her spirits.  Also, if you’re willing to help out around the house or with errands, that would be a huge help.  Aliza’s mobility and her energy are pretty limited right now, so things like washing dishes, doing laundry, etc. go a long way toward helping make her daily life tolerable, and hopefully help her not to overexert herself. To set up a visit, just call Aliza. Calling between 10-6ish is best, as talking on the phone gets harder in the afternoon/evening.

-Food.  Preparing food is really difficult as Aliza’s can’t use her right arm.  If you can make extra and drop something off for her, or find some other creative way to help nourish her body, that would be amazing.  Aliza can’t have any gluten, including wheat, oats, barley, rye, I think that’s it, but if in doubt please check with her. Also she is mostly vegetarian, although she does eat fish.  As with visiting, just call Aliza to figure out a drop-off or ask questions . Calling between 10 and 6 is best, as talking on the phone gets harder in the afternoon/evening.

Dora in particular has been working with Aliza to  build sustainable support systems (in-home professional support, transportation, etc) but the fact is that community support will be essential to Aliza’s emotional and physical health for the next several months as she weathers another difficult period.  If you can help in any way I know it will make a real difference to her well-being.

Please spread the word if you know of other people who care about Aliza and would like to help!

Sincerely,

Susanna and Dora

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Hi Everyone, I wanted to give you an update on everything that happened over t…

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to give you an update on everything that happened over the last two weeks. It's been intense!

Friday (7/26/13): 2nd anniversary TraniWreck: Old + Now show. It was so amazing. It was so much fun, the performers were great, and the crowd was good too.

Saturday (7/27/13): I woke up with a headache & drove myself to the hospital (my roommate drove the car back to the house). I called Dora and she came down to the hospital to meet me.

They did a bunch of tests and decided it was probably an infection, the same problem as when I went in back in May. In June I went back for a checkup and it was getting better, but this time it was worse.

Sunday (7/28/13): They decided to do emergency surgery that night. They took out the peice of my skull they replaced last year so I have to wear a helmet again.

Monday – Thursday: I was at MGH recovering from the surgery while they figured out what bacteria were causing the infection and what antibiotic to use.

Friday Aug 2: Released home with a picc line to continue IV antibiotics for 5 weeks.

It's hell and I don't have the mouth to speak. It is lost but maybe it will come back.

(Theadora and Susanna)

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hello! dora here. just a quick update about how aliza is doing. she went into…

hello! dora here. just a quick update about how aliza is doing. she went into the hospital the day after TraniWreck (7/27) and they found that she had an infection at the site of the skull implant. they took it out & started her on antibiotics & now she's home. she is doing well but has a lot on her plate in terms of recovery. feel free to call her if you want to get in touch ~ just remember to take it slow due to her aphasia. thanks everyone for your support xoxo

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hey there! we are have my 2-year anniversary (we, it’s kinda good) and TraniWreck 9 years old. TraniWreck: Old + Now !!! If Friday. if your around, join us. (and well get other stuff after the show…)

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Aliza is doing well. She is eating again and talking really well. They took th…

Aliza is doing well. She is eating again and talking really well. They took the skull implant out and now she has a hole in her head…so she is back with the helmet. She is also on a lot of antibiotics. Right now they are giving her a broad spectrum antibiotic while they are isolating the particular bacteria that caused the infection. After they figure that out they will narrow down the antibiotic that is most effective & she will do that for about 5-6 weeks. She can take calls so if you want to talk to her feel free to call. Thanks all for your love & support. ♥ Dora

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Friends. Aliza is back in the hospital with an infection. She is in surgery now…

Friends. Aliza is back in the hospital with an infection. She is in surgery now to remove the skull implant and deal with the infection. Please send love and white light and more love.

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this was where i was 7/25/2011… i'm better. getting better.

this was where i was 7/25/2011… i'm better. getting better.

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this was where i was 7/25/2011… i'm better. getting better.

this was where i was 7/25/2011… i'm better. getting better.

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TraniWreck is 9 years old!

hey there! we are have my 2-year anniversary (we, it’s kinda good) and TraniWreck 9 years old. TraniWreck: Old + Now !!! If Friday. if your around, join us. (and well get other stuff after the show…)

TraniWreck: Old + Now !!! TraniWreck features performances by: Host and MC Heywood Wakefield Madge of Honor Johnny Blazes Katya Zamolodchikova Aquanette Jones

Special Guest: Rainbow Frite

Plus: – Cotton Candy – Boston Sass Attack – Aerialists Kate Law Hoflich + Stephanie Jones – Awkward at Best’s Leah Abel + Kate Mills – Dancing until 1am with DJ Brian Halligan – Heywood’s Special Sale!

Friday July 26, 2013 TraniWreck: Old + Now at OBERON 2 Arrow Street Harvard Square Cambridge, MA doors: 7pm, show: 8:00pm, 18+, Show and Dance all night.

TraniWreck is 9 years old AND it’s the 2-year anniversary of Heywood Wakefield’s stroke! Celebrate with host and MC Heywood Wakefield and usual suspects Madge of Honor, Johnny Blazes, Katya, and Aquanette Jones, along with special guest Rainbow Frite, who performed at the first TraniWreck ever! And of course, we’ll have jingles by Cotton Candy, political cheerleading by Boston Sass Attack, Leah James Abel + Kate Mills make us laugh, and aerialist Kate Law. Dancing until 1am with DJ Brian Halligan, and a Special Sale of Heywood Wakefield memorabilia, including suits of all sizes and other vintage clothing. Who knows what the future holds, so enjoy tonight!

TraniWreck is the legendary, award winning, all gender, all genre variety cabaret show. A raucous rabble rousing exhibition of genderbending irreverence; Drag, Burlesque, Aerials and Performance Art. Since 2004 TraniWreck has been bringing the best over-the-top, boundary-busting talent to the stage. TraniWreck is the home of brilliantly revealing costumes, inconceivably long nails, hair extensions of astronomic proportions, gold lamé, debauchery and more attitude than a $13 cocktail. Join Us.

OBERON features: Cabaret seating options! Front and center of the stage reserved VIP cabaret seating and Mezzanine (balcony) cabaret seating, both with cocktail service. And of course, standing room! Easy access to the bar and plenty of room to dance.

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hey there! we are have my 2-year anniversary (we, it's kinda good) and TraniWrec…

hey there! we are have my 2-year anniversary (we, it's kinda good) and TraniWreck 9 years old. TraniWreck: Old + Now !!! If Friday. if your around, join us. (and well get other stuff after the show…)

TraniWreck: Old + Now !!!
TraniWreck features performances by:
Host and MC Heywood Wakefield
Madge of Honor
Johnny Blazes
Katya Zamolodchikova
Aquanette Jones

Special Guest:
Rainbow Frite

Plus:
– Cotton Candy
– Boston Sass Attack
– Aerialists Kate Law Hoflich + Stephanie Jones
– Awkward at Best's Leah Abel + Kate Mills
– Dancing until 1am with DJ Brian Halligan
– Heywood's Special Sale!

Friday July 26, 2013
TraniWreck: Old + Now
at OBERON
2 Arrow Street Harvard Square Cambridge, MA
doors: 7pm, show: 8:00pm, 18+, Show and Dance all night.

TraniWreck is 9 years old AND it's the 2-year anniversary of Heywood Wakefield's stroke! Celebrate with host and MC Heywood Wakefield and usual suspects Madge of Honor, Johnny Blazes, Katya, and Aquanette Jones, along with special guest Rainbow Frite, who performed at the first TraniWreck ever! And of course, we'll have jingles by Cotton Candy, political cheerleading by Boston Sass Attack, Leah James Abel + Kate Mills make us laugh, and aerialist Kate Law. Dancing until 1am with DJ Brian Halligan, and a Special Sale of Heywood Wakefield memorabilia, including suits of all sizes and other vintage clothing. Who knows what the future holds, so enjoy tonight!

TraniWreck is the legendary, award winning, all gender, all genre variety cabaret show. A raucous rabble rousing exhibition of genderbending irreverence; Drag, Burlesque, Aerials and Performance Art. Since 2004 TraniWreck has been bringing the best over-the-top, boundary-busting talent to the stage. TraniWreck is the home of brilliantly revealing costumes, inconceivably long nails, hair extensions of astronomic proportions, gold lamé, debauchery and more attitude than a $13 cocktail. Join Us.

OBERON features:
Cabaret seating options! Front and center of the stage reserved VIP cabaret seating and Mezzanine (balcony) cabaret seating, both with cocktail service. And of course, standing room! Easy access to the bar and plenty of room to dance.

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Truth Serum Productions is a Boston based productions company. We produce events with music, film/video, readings, performance art etc. We also do promotional work for larger more established theater companies.

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