It is with sadness that we must report that Linda Wagar suffered a burst brain aneurysm and remains in hospital to this day, possibly for the rest of her life.
Although she is able to talk and what remains of her personality is sweet, loving and happy, she has had a lot of her brain erased and is missing short term memory, motivational 'do it now' ability and is essentially bedridden. She is hoisted into a wheelchair to receive some physiotherapy and except for her right arm, is mostly
paralyzed, mostly blind, and mostly crazy. We have been blessed to be able to bring her home for special holidays and events and she is able to talk with and charm all her visitors. We have seen some progress over the last years and have hopes for further modest breakthroughs in future. Our long term hope and prayer is that advancements like stem cell research etc may allow us to repair her brain more fully. In the meantime we keep pushing and enjoy what we can. Linda has been a great partner to me over 31 years and a fantastic mother to our children Sophie (now 20) and Justin (now 18).
Cherish what you have.
Carl Wagar, husband, Linda Rainville Wagar
Her book funded atheletes to go to the 2008 and 2010 olympics!
Ten dollars from every copy sold went to http://www.canadianathletesnow.ca.