We are the faces of stroke. When my husband suffered a massive stroke at the age of 44, our lives changed forever. What began as a frustrating and painful ER misdiagnoses of this very fit and healthy young man, has now become a journey to rehabilitate my husband; the father of our two teenage daughters, my best friend, and high school sweetheart.
Derrick lost the use of his right side and also his ability to communicate, which I would soon realize was more loss than I could ever have imagined. Derrick was a reporter and television anchor right out of college. He eventually changed careers, went into sales and became a sales presenter who traveled around the world teaching presentation and negotiation skills to sales people.
Since his stroke, my daughters and I work hard at helping to rebuild Derrick's confidence and abilities. We work on exercises to improve his physical and communication skills. He is motivated and trusts and listens to us. He has come a long way in three years: from coming home in a wheelchair after a four week stay in rehab, to getting his driver's license back last year, to hitting balls on the tennis court again and participating in numerous out of state speech programs. Derrick continues to progress and we, along with friends and family, support him along the way.
This is not easy, but necessary, and we have confidence that with hard work and support Derrick will reach his goals.