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Tim S.

April 16, 2015

I am ... A Survivor

I couldn’t have written this five years ago. That’s because a stroke sizzled the back left side of my brain erasing my ability to read and write.

It zapped lots of other important bits, too. I was only 45, married and the father of two teen-aged girls. There were no warning signs. I’d just had a physical and seemed the picture of health. But in the blink of an eye, it looked like I’d never be able to provide – emotionally of financially -- for my family again.

And the salt in the wound was that I’d been a newspaper reporter with a dream to write books that I never got around to writing. Use it or lose it, it seemed.

But it turns out that you can put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Through a blend of science, art, faith and hope I literally relearn my ABCs, how to make change and loads of other simple stuff that I used to take for granted. Thanks to this and some technology, I’m tapping out stuff on the keyboard again.

March 15 was my five year strokeaversary. To mark it, I started a blog aimed at putting my rekindled writing to work on posts serving up some of the Brain Food that helped me get my noggin firing again. You can find it at: brainfoodcafeforthemind.com. Please take a look and share your own stories and advice with my readers and I.

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For all of you who read my blog last week, thanks for the feedback and your stories of life post stroke, whether you’re a survivor, a caregiver or a friend. I'd love to share some of your stories on my blog and to dig in to some of the challenges and hurdles you're facing. Please continue to read my blog, make comments and follow: http://brainfoodcafeforthemind.com/

Thanks and stay strong!

Tim

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