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After 5 strokes, SE Minnesota woman plays the piano again

It's a story sure to warm your heart. A pianist staying at Care & Rehab - Ostrander suffered 5 strokes, hindering her ability to play the piano. But her story doesn't end there.

Posted: Dec 13, 2019 10:36 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2019 8:50 AM

OSTRANDER, Minn. - 'Tis the season for music. Lynne Granander is playing for her friends at Care & Rehab in Ostrander - an assisted living facility. One of those friends is Debbie Jensen.

"It makes me very happy she keeps plugging on every day and she has brought a lot of music to the home," Jensen said.

Lynne had five strokes, making it difficult for her to play.

"My strokes all occurred at night, so I would wake up and know something was terribly wrong," Granander said.

She's still recovering - growing stronger every day.

"There's some memory that's lost and I can't retrieve it yet, so I need to work on it," Granander said.

So what keeps her toes tapping to a tune? You guessed it - the gift of music.

"Music uplifts my spirit and that's good for me," Granander said.

It's a talent Lynne's friends love celebrating.

"It's not always easy to be in a nursing facility especially when you are young, so we need to keep ourselves busy," Jensen said.

Because to them - it's not just music to their ears, it's a story of resilience and hope for the future.

"To hear her play and bring that into my heart and everyone else's hearts is fantastic, it uplifts us," Jensen said.

Lynne has been staying at the facility for 10 months - since she was last hospitalized.

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