25 Random Facts About Me and …

25 Random Facts About Me and …

(I did this on Facebook sometime ago, so I suppose I shouldn’t post this on WordPress — but just in case some people like lists, here’s mine)


1) First book I wrote, “Sally The Snow Girl” (second grade):


2) The first kiss I got: He had braces in is mouth (I had them too). BUT he also had Oreo cookies in his mouth. Not good.

3) No really — the kiss was awful.

4) I was a Communication major at UCLA. I had good grades, but not honors. Lisa (also Communication) went to a party (we were all wearing robes for graduation). Almost everyone else had special robes on. Lisa and I realized that we were the dumbest ones in Communication.

(Kassie said, “Hello! You graduated from UCLA – you are smart!!” … Okay.)

5) I watch the “Real World” on MTV, Season 1. (1993 or 1994 I think)
I loved it, so I mailed my form for the next one (in L.A.) to MTV.
I had to write and tape (thank you Steve C.), why I should be in it.
Sadly, I didn’t make it. Oh well.

6) I’m good friends with U2 … Then I woke up, and it was only a dream — I don’t no them. 😦

7) Does someone know U2? If so, please let me know.

8) My hair: I did have it longer, but the hair lady said “You don’t have the face for long hair”.
So I finally gave in, and now I have the same hair again.

9) June 5, 2000: Had a great time seeing a concert, Elliott Smith

10) June 6/7 2000, I had a stroke: Couldn’t walk at all; couldn’t speak at all; couldn’t read or write at all … AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

11) Hospital: Good people; bad food.

12) First words I said: Someone was telling a joke, but someone else was also butting in. So I said,

13) Writing: The first word I wrote was “rav” (ravioli).

14) June 7, 2000, I was in a wheel-chair.
I finally walked … alone, September 3, 2000.

15) I still have a brace on my right leg, so I couldn’t wear my shoes (the brace can’t fit in my shoes). I gave the shoes to other friends and also donated them.

16) Maybe someday I will not have to wear the brace. So I’ll call the people who have my shoes and say “I WANT THE SHOES BACK!!”

17) If I don’t turn my head right, it is NOT because I don’t like you; but now I can not see on the right.

18) Now I have special glasses with prisms (right eye). So I can see much more … so now I have my license back! Beep Beep!

19) When driving, I use my left leg. So the brake is on the right, and the gas is on the left.

20) I liked wine, but now I don’t have the taste for it. So I have ice cream instead.

21) My family are all good or great cooks; I’m the only one who is not as good.

22) Please hold, your call is important …………………. Please hold, your call is important …………………… Please hold, your call is important …………………… Please hold, your call is important ……………………

(Note after: I was almost out of thinks to say, so I put this at number 22)

23) Yea for President Barack Obama!!!!!! (Note: I wrote this when President Obama was still the president)

24) Hopefully I will finish my book soon …

25) Yea, I’m done.
(Not done with my book, only the list.)


UPDATE: My book is done of course 🙂  Check it out:



I got accepted to Harvard!

Actually, I already went to college. But Harvard Library has my book: Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)


2018 Before, Afdre, and After

“When Maureen Twomey was only thirty-three years old, she experienced a massive stroke-one that took away her ability to read, write, walk, and even speak (AAAAAAAHHH!!). Well, she wasn’t about to go down without a fight. In Before, Afdre and After, Twomey offers a sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes comical, and ultimately inspiring glimpse at what it is to lose everything when you’re supposed to be in the prime of your life-and what it takes to get it back, piece by tiny piece.”



Harvard Library:



… You can also get my book at:


Before, Afdre, and After








etc.  🙂


An Amazing, Uplifting Story of Recovery

Before, Afdre, and After (My Stroke…oh, what fun)

“… I am so glad that she took the time and effort to write up her story for a multitude of reasons. It has brought me true appreciation for my own health while showing how bad things can really get. It has provided me with an increased appreciation for therapists and their valuable work. And it has increased my faith in the human spirit and the body’s ability to heal, especially when commanded to do so through work and positive thinking. This story is amazing and something everyone needs to read to expand their awareness to those with handicaps of all kinds. Maureen Twomey is nothing short of a miracle …”


Marcha's Two-Cents Worth


Review of

“Before, Afdre, and After (My Stroke…oh, what fun)”

by Maureen Twomey

This is the true story of a woman who had a massive, extremely debilitating stroke at the young age of 33 which caused significant brain damage. The book recounts, step by step, her very difficult journey back to functionality. It truly illustrates the principle that heroes (and heroines) are ordinary people plunged into exceptional circumstances. I was totally blown away by this book for so many reasons. First of all, that someone could be so entirely debilitated and survive, much less want to, given the immediate effects left her abilities so compromised. She had to learn to read and write again as well as speak, since it was the left side of her brain which was damaged, which governs these abilities. Walking was likewise something she had to learn again, given the resulting paralysis.

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“Thank you for sharing, Maureen!”

“Thank you for sharing, Maureen!”

By Stephanie

Before, Afdre, and After (My stroke … oh what fun)

“Interestingly, this book kept reminding me of the “look for the helpers” quote by Mr. Rogers. Maureen’s experience was incredible, her treatments fascinating, her perseverance commendable, and her much-better-than-expected recovery worthy of much celebration. I was most affected, however, by the amazing level of support she received from friends and family.

Maureen’s strong work ethic and determination were obvious, but I often found myself thinking, “What do stroke victims (and other folks with TBI’s) do when they don’t have someone to _________ (fill in the blank with everything from helping her get to the hospital to moving her out of her apartment, to caring for her cat, to taking her in and caring for her after rehab, etc.).

When I began reading this book, I was excited to get some insight on the perspective of someone completely aware, but “locked” in his or her mind by such an injury. I definitely got that, but a bonus was developing a better understanding for the incredible need of a supportive network for these individuals…oh, and really good health insurance coverage – that’s another thing that’s REALLY helpful to have when an unexpected tragedy strikes!

Aside from all of that, I thoroughly enjoyed Maureen’s sense of humor (that I’m sure also played a huge role in her recovery) and the pictures and various other “snapshots” of her recovery. All together, it was an attention-grabbing, comprehensive, touching recounting of an incredible journey. Thank you for sharing, Maureen! 🙂 ”


Thanks YOU! 🙂