You are here

Debra A.

May 26, 2015

I am ... A Survivor

I suffered a right hemisphere ischemic stroke 3 years ago, at the age of 47. I had no known risk factors and did not really even know what a stroke was. I believe my lack of knowledge had a lot to do with my age because no one in my peer group had experienced a stroke. I received excellent health care and rehab services, and soon realized I was a very lucky survivor. I experienced almost complete paralysis on my left side (and I was left-handed). I needed to learn how to sit up, stand, ambulate, and eventually walk again. I have learned how to become right handed, and can do some things that require two hands, like cooking and crafts such as beading  and card-making. My other accomplishments include learning how to drive a car again, re-entering the work force, and engage in regular exercise at the local Y. I have also been able to vacation with my husband and two children, which to me was a very sweet sign of normalcy for our family. My family has been very supportive of my physical and emotional challenges in dealing with stroke. I believe that I have a new strength and wisdom that I did not have before stroke hit our family.

Find a Support Group


Get Involved


For over 30 years we have been the trusted source for free resources and education to the stroke community. Together, we empower survivors and their circle of care to thrive after stroke. Make your tax-deductible donation today to support the growing needs of the stroke community.