You are here


January 12, 2011

I am ... A Survivor

While on the operating table having my aortic and mitral valves replaced I had a stroke. This was in late June 1999. After a week hospitalized I went to Health South, a rehab facility. Was there until early September 1999 receiving excellent physical therapy. I was completely paralyzed on my left side when I arrived there. Very unexpectedly I was sudedenly able to raise my left arm to scratch my nose. When I left in September I was able to walk using a walker or even a cane. It had been a struggle but well worth it. Met a nurse eight years later who told me she told other patients about me whom she called her "wonder patient. When I'd arrived in the Rehab she saw I couldn't move in bed and she was sure I'd be going to a Nursing Home, but surprised everyone. Am now in an Assisted Living facility but manage to go to my home on an island in Maine each summer. God is good. My brain was not affected.

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.