Mr. Wright is the perfect example of what I think of when you mention "Faces of Stroke". Charles Wright, also know as "Chuckie" is a living example of how someone's spirit and determination can overcome stroke. He has had multiple strokes, heart attacks, and within the past two years has experienced the loss of both his legs.
As part of his initial rehabilitation, he decided to use his involved side to begin illustrating his recovery. Daily we watched in amazement how he transformed a sheet of paper into a wonderful and moving piece of artwork. Currently both of his initial illustrations hang in the gym where he received his therapy. Even after discharge Chuckie was not finished with the therapeutic illustrations, this was only the beginning. Currently he visits three times per week to help encourage new stroke patients and will provide them a drawing if requested. Many of his illustrations have been part of a regional art exhibition focused on the therapeutic use of art.
As a Stroke Survivor Chuckie is a welcome face for all the patients we treat. He is able to bring hope and encouragement to people when they are at their lowest point and let them know life will continue. He has dedicated his life to bringing joy to all who come his way. He uses his powerchair and local transport to arrive at the hospital hours before his scheduled appointment. This way he can visit as many patients as possible before going home.