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Jodi C.
Jodi C.
Survivor

Tracey E.
Tracey E.
Survivor

Lori K.
Lori K.
Survivor

Liane W.
Liane W.
Survivor

Richard H.
Richard H.
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Debra A.

Debra
Debra

Survivor

I suffered a right hemisphere ischemic stroke three 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 engaging in regular exercise at the local YMCA. 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.

 

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