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November 18, 2013

Ipswich selectman still recovering, months after fall


Berry was elected in May 2010 and re-elected when she ran unopposed in 2013. She moved to town when she and her husband, Dan, married in 1968. They have five grown children.

She was in the hospital for heart surgery the day she was elected in 2010. There have been no problems since the surgery, she said.

Berry said she has made significant process with her recovery, going to physical therapy twice a week and the neurologist every few weeks, but she still suffers from debilitating headaches.

”My first full headache-free day was Tuesday,” she said.

She remains sensitive to light and noise and has to wear sunglasses and use a cane wherever she goes. It is difficult to be out and about, especially at places like the supermarket, she said.

“It creates too much stimulation to the brain. I can’t go to restaurants or the meetings,” she said.

Berry said she has kept up with town business during her leave, although she admits she’s been told not to. She checks her emails and keeps up with key issues.

The board has been very supportive, she said, with Surpitski checking in weekly. “He won’t let me talk about town business,” she added.

She is currently able to work part time in elder services but still has many limitations, she said.

”I really can’t be involved like I used to,” she said. “If someone asks me to do something, I can’t get involved. It is very frustrating.”

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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