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Update – Mandy Nagy 6 years later

Update – Mandy Nagy 6 years later

“She has learned to understand and write a few words on paper. She also has become more interested in the internet…. She remembers you!”

At 9:42 a.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014, I received an email at our “contact” email address from an email account I did not recognize with the subject line “Mandy Nagy”:

Prof. Jacobson,

I hope this email is directed to you and not Mandy. I am Mandy’s mother. Mandy is in the hospital. She had a stroke early Saturday morning. She is unable to speak and cannot move the right side of her body. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at: xxx-xxx-xxxx

I am also going to go to her home and look on her computer to see if I can find your contact information.

Ginny Nagy Ashrafi

In that moment it made sense. The day before I had emailed Mandy to walk through her start the following Monday, September 8, as Legal Insurrection’s first full time employee and Editor, but she didn’t respond. That was very unlike her.

Since she joined us as a regular author in June 2013, Mandy had taken on an increasingly important role running the website such that it was reasonable for Mandy’s mother to assume our “contact” email address might have gone to Mandy, not to me.

I spoke immediately to Mandy’s mom, and found out just how bad the situation was, particularly devastating since Mandy was just 45 years old.

Later that day, I alerted the readership, Pray for Mandy Nagy:

Our beloved Mandy Nagy, also known as Liberty Chick, had a stroke yesterday and brain surgery to relieve the pressure today.

I am in touch with Mandy’s mom, who approved me letting people know via Legal Insurrection. Before surgery, Mandy also was able to nod approval with a small smile, her mom tells me….

We’re praying for Mandy, and keeping her seat at Legal Insurrection warm awaiting her return, however long it takes.

https://twitter.com/HeyTammyBruce/status/511366778186768384

It was not to be. Mandy never returned to Legal Insurrection, and never will though her seat is still being kept warm.

Each year we have updated Mandy’s condition as reported to us by her mom.

Mandy Nagy – One year later

It’s been just over one year (9/6/14) since Mandy had her stroke.

In the first few months she went from being unconscious to opening her eyes every now and then. She was missing the left side of her skull for four months, was deaf and blind on her right side and had a feeding tube for several months. She was bedridden for two months.

After about six months of rehab she has recovered enough to walk small distances by herself with a cane but no other assistance. She is still paralyzed partially on her right side. She has no use of her right arm, but her right leg is functioning enough to walk a little. She spends much of the day in a wheelchair. She seems to be able to hear and see again on her right side. Her speech has improved slightly. She can say a few words and I am teaching her to speak in sentences.

I have tried to get her interested in using the internet and email again, but have been unsuccessful.

She is very slowly learning to do simple everyday tasks on her own. Over the year she has had to learn how to do things we learn as children such as using utensils to eat or brush teeth.

I have to read print to her since she says she only recognizes and knows the meaning of some words. However, she understands most of what I am saying to her….

Mandy, Victor and I are very grateful to all of the people who have donated and sent good wishes over the past year. It’s incredible to me that she knows so many people that care….

Update: Mandy Nagy two years later

Mandy still needs help with everything: bathing, dressing, walking, cooking,  etc. She can only speak and read a few words.  She mainly identifies things by pictures.  She wears a brace on her right leg and needs spotting while walking short distances.  Her right arm is paralyzed and her right leg is partially paralyzed. She is very disabled.  I do my best to take care of her needs.  She seems content and not depressed.

Update – Mandy Nagy 3 years later

It’s been three years and a very challenging time for Mandy, Victor and me. Her situation, for now, is stable.

Her condition has stayed the same for the past year. She can walk very slowly for short distances with a cane. She has no use of her right arm and very little of her right leg. She needs assistance everyday with bathing, dressing, cleaning and meal preparation.

She cannot form words except for no, hi, okay and a few other words. She can’t read and doesn’t understand things she should.

People she should know, she doesn’t unless I show her a picture of them. She doesn’t understand instructions. I gave her a brush to use in the shower and she didn’t know what it was or what to do with it. Even after I showed her how to use it, she just stared at it confused.

So, this is where we are. It is a sad situation but she is comfortable and hopefully content. It’s not a very good life, but it is life.

Update – Mandy Nagy 4 years later

I hope you and your family are well. Thank you again for thinking of Mandy.

Not much has changed. She was hospitalized once a few months ago. We thought she had another stroke but it was a seizure. She still has an aide assisting her each day and I fill in on Sundays, holidays and days when the aide is not available.

Her only improvement occurred about six months ago when she became interested in the music playing on my IPhone. It always puzzled her family that she lost interest in music after the stroke, since music was such an important part of her life. Anyway, I downloaded music she likes on her IPad. She can’t read who the artist is, but she can identify the photo of the artist. So, now she listens to music often. Her doctors had said that music is good for recovery. It took four years, but better late than never.

I’ll let Mandy know you asked about her.

Update — Mandy Nagy 5 years later

Hi Bill,

Thank you for thinking of Mandy each year. Mandy’s condition remains pretty much the same except that her ability to walk is decreasing.

Since her right side is paralyzed, with some feeling in that leg, she needs more support than previously to walk. Despite our efforts to get her up and exercising, she now depends on her wheelchair more often than before. I used to be able to transport her from her place to mine using a cane. But now she needs to use her chair and I need another person to help with getting her up a few steps whereas before I could get her up the steps by myself.

However, she seems to be a bit sharper in her thinking. Although she still cannot talk, except for a few words, she is now remembering some small things that she hadn’t before. For instance, she remembered it is her brother’s birthday. Normally that’s not something she thinks about or would remember. I was surprised. She seems content and not depressed. It’s hard for us to see how that can be, but it is. She listens to music on her IPad and watches HGTV much of the day. A home health aide comes every day to take care of her and I fill in on Sundays and holidays.

Again, it is kind of you to remember her. I hope you and your family are well.

Regards,

Ginny

P.S. I saw your interview on FOX a while ago. I think it was with Tucker Carlson.

Most Recent Update

A few days ago I received this update from Mandy’s mom:

Bill,

Once again, thank you for thinking of Mandy each year at this time.

Her condition has changed in a few different ways. Physically, she has more trouble walking. Her right side is paralyzed except for enough feeling in her right leg to make it possible to walk. In the past year, that feeling has diminished making walking more unstable. Cognitively, she seems better. She has learned to understand and write a few words on paper. She also has become more interested in the internet. And, when I bring up politics and the sad state the county is in, she seems to understand. She’s aware of how President Trump supporters are attacked while the Democrat media and politicians get away with most anything. I called her one night when you were a guest on Tucker Carlson and told her to watch. She and I also have seen you on other shows, I think Fox and Friends. She remembers you!

… Mandy’s sister and I now realize how Mandy knew about the groups financed by people like George Soros. We didn’t understand back then, but we are amazed how much she knew before the rest of us. I am sorry you have to go through what you are experiencing. It shouldn’t be this way. I hope this country sees what many of us see and stop the madness. Anyway, I am encouraging her to get involved again and look at the news on the internet and TV because for years she had no interest.

She still needs someone to care for her every day. Her spirits are up and she seems content.

I see her on Sundays and this past Sunday, when I walked in, she was watching the video below on her IPAD. I was surprised because she doesn’t know how to spell but apparently she is slowly learning. I asked her if her roommate pulled that up for her and she said no, she did. I suppose she knows how to spell her name and that’s how she was able to find this. It is also an indication that she is interested once again in politics and wants to learn what was, and presently happening.

Regards,

Ginny

Mandy’s mom included this video of Mandy at BlogCon 2013, which she recently found Mandy watching, a cherished memory for and of Mandy.

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We should each pray every day for Mandy. I care that she be restored Lord. Please get on that most ricky tick!

Good news to hear for the little victories. I can’t imagine the feeling of watching what you once could do and now feeling trapped in a body that won’t cooperate. The awareness alone to do that, though, is a good cognitive sign in and of itself.

Thanks for the update, Professor. I’ll pray for Mandy’s progress and well being.

Incredibly sad, I will Never understand life. A reasonably young good woman has a severe, devastating stroke, while a heroin addict of 20 years gets sober and lives a reasonably healthy life moving forward

A young infant is born with multiple health issues while Soros is still alive

God works in mysterious, and often frightening, ways…

I am glad she’s still getting better and hope she continues to make progress.

Thank you for checking in on her each year. I’m glad she seems content. Contentment is a blessing.

The late Stan Rogers wrote a song called “The Field Behind the Plow” about a farmer making slow, but steady progress plowing his field. These lyrics seems particularly appropriate.

…you can’t stop now…
So ease the throttle out a hair, every rod’s a gain.
And there’s victory in every quarter mile.

    SDN in reply to Cache. | September 7, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    This one also seems appropriate:

    “Rise again! Rise again!
    Though your heart it be broken and life about to end
    No matter what you’ve lost, be it a home, a love, a friend
    Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhop5VuLDIQ

      Milhouse in reply to SDN. | September 7, 2020 at 10:50 pm

      Or this parody, by Boy Blue and Tom Smith (not the Tom Smith)

      The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
      Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
      Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain
      And the itsy bitsy spider rose again.

      She wouldn’t let adversity distract her from her goal
      The purpose of her mission was embedded in her soul;
      Now see the sun shine down on beasts, on women and on men
      And see that itsy bitsy spider rise again!

      Rise again! Rise again!
      She won’t let misfortune keep her
      From doing what she can.
      So whether your legs number two, or four, six, eight, or ten
      Be like that itsy bitsy spider,
      Rise again!

      This itsy bitsy metaphor’s a lesson for us all
      We cannot be defeated if we rise each time we fall
      And if you think this story’s one you learned too long ago
      Then think about some other ones you know:

      You know the myth of Sisyphus, and you know Jack and Jill
      It’s such a potent image, going up and down a hill.
      So every time you fall,or lose a lover or a friend
      Be like that itsy bitsy spider,
      Rise again!

      Perhaps you think this allegory goes a bit too far
      Climbing up a pipe is not like reaching for a star
      But whether it’s a water spout or mountain that you climb
      You’ve come this far. Indulge me one more time,

      It could be said that each of us climbs up a water spout
      The downward pull of gravity is not what it’s about
      The upward pull of hope is what will save us in the end
      So like that itsy bitsy spider
      Rise again!

      Rise again! Rise again!
      Never let misfortune keep you
      From doing what you can,
      And whether your legs number two
      Or four, six, eight, or ten
      Be like that itsy bitsy spider
      Rise again!

        Vince Vonheeder in reply to Milhouse. | September 8, 2020 at 11:27 pm

        How slightly odd, it seems to me, that a snippet of this lengthy poem (the first verse) was all I had ever heard; and then only as an amusing little rhyme spoken to very small children. Taken in full measure, the verses are an inspirational exhortation to strive against the odds and gain success in the endeavor. Thank you for presenting it here.
        I’m very late to Mandy’s story but pray for her recovery and that she and her family through God’s grace have the strength to persevere and to be made whole.

          You don’t understand. The song I posted is a parody of Stan Rogers’s song Mary Ellen Carter, based on the well-known children’s song that we all learned as little ones.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | September 7, 2020 at 12:07 pm

Thank you professor for keeping in touch with Mandy’s family, and with us as well. She will always be on our minds, and in our thoughts and prayers. The questions of why are many,and the answers are few if they are to understood at all; one G*d above knows.

Thanks for the update. I hope she knows somehow that we think of her often and wish her well, and I also hope that she is able to find joy in her life, even if it comes in different ways than it used to.

I will continue to pray for a miracle recovery.

I’m glad to hear of Mandy’s cognitive improvement and to hear she’s more engaged with the world around her. Contentment is good. It’s more than a lot of “healthy” people have. I’m also relieved to see the change in tone from Ginny. It sounds like she’s doing better as well. I know this has been incredibly stressful for her as well.

God bless Mandy and her mom.

I remember her work even before she joined LI. She and I followed each other on Twitter. She is a real trooper. Was so happy to see her working for you, Professor. One never knows what will happen on any given day.

I still pray for her recovery.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | September 7, 2020 at 1:40 pm

Hang in there Mandy.

Hopefully Mandy’s family reads this article and other LI articles to her.

Thanks for the update, Professor and God bless Mandy.

Colonel Travis | September 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Prof., it says a lot about you that not just you check in about Mandy but you share with us.

Thank you, God bless the whole L-I family.

Well God Bless Mandy, and for goodness’ sake, God Bless her Mom! Caring for family who have been medically stricken has so many emotional pitfalls… though you just cannot imagine NOT doing it. (I know!)

Mandy sounds well adjusted and curious… miracles, both. SO INCREDIBLY happy to hear it. Thank you Prof. Jacobson for keeping us up to date on her Victories!

She remembers you!

WOW! Notice that Mom put that exclamation point there. That sentence is still bringing tears to my eyes 10 minutes after I first read it.

Thanks for the update. Got a little misty eyed reading it.

This weekend my daughter rode her bike with no hands for the first time. Never take positive steps or progress for granted.

Prayers for Mandy, and special prayers for her caregivers.

Praying for the best outcome for Mandy. Such terrible things happening to the most wonderful people is a gut punch. But…

Never quit!

Thank you for updating us. It’s good to hear there’s been some improvement in Mandy’s cognitive situation, and that she doesn’t appear to be depressed. But that this tragedy happened to her and to her family remains heartrending.

Thank you for sharing and providing us with an update. It must be difficult at times for Mandy to come out of her shell. Difficult for her family as well. But, the focus is not so much that but the love Mandy has around her. Bill, thank you for sharing.

This is so sad, as it has been since it happened. Prayers of course. Was there some sort of aneurysm?

One way of living with the fact of someone outstanding taking a hit is to do everything you can with what you have.

I learned this from someone named Kevin, who I really only knew a little; like Mandy, who remindes me, though I only know her a little.

Myself, I curse the lesson and bless the knowledge.

Liberty Chick, loved and remembered. What a lady… met her, knew her, think about her and pray for her regularly….

All my love and prayers for Mandy. The evil of the world attacks some of the best people. Pray for the end to evil and for God’s Kingdom on earth..

It is very sad when a bright mind is struck down in the prime of life. I pray that she will continue to get better and someday return to her chosen profession. She certainly was calling the shots about Soros long before most people had ever heard of him.

I had no idea. Wishing her the best. There is always hope.

Hang in their, Mandy. You’re one of the good Hungarians!

The body is robust. Her spirit is strong. With time, they will reconnect.

I never met Mandy, and I don’t think I ever interacted on this site with her either.

But I think of her from time to time and hope she’s doing as well as possible.

It’s very good to hear she’s making some progress. I hope in the future that advances in medicine will somehow lead her to further progress beyond what’s imaginable now.

A brave woman and a brave family. My prayers go out to her and her family. May she continue to improve and my deepest gratitude to her to show me what it means to be a fighter.

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